Location & Hours
273 Edward Teach Extension
Bald Head Island, NC 28461
Administrative Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Dial 911 for emergencies and ALL calls for service
Be sure to tell the operator you are on BALD HEAD ISLAND
Phone: (910) 457-5252 (general inquiries)
Fax: (910) 304-6088
Public Safety Department
Elizabeth Gray, Administrative Assistant
910-457-5252 ext. 1020
Paul Swanson, Captain/Command Staff
910-457-5252 ext. 1021
The Department of Public Safety is charged with ensuring the safety and well-being of the residents, employees, and visitors to the island as well as the security and safety of the properties on the island. All Public Safety Officers are required to become certified in law enforcement, firefighting and as an EMT or paramedic. In addition, they must be trained in water rescue.
Staff: The Department is led by the Public Safety Director (Alan May), and Command Staff (Paul Swanson). There are four shifts that are led by a lieutenant, with three to six Public Safety Officers on duty 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
The Administrative Assistant to the Director handles ICE permits, golf cart registrations and general office duties plus clinic registration during the summer season. The department is supported by a volunteer staff who assist with medical emergencies, firefighting, and water rescue. Click HERE to download an application to volunteer. Applications are accepted year-round.
Equipment: The Department has three fully-equipped fire engines. The Department has two ambulances which are fully stocked for emergencies and a mini-ambulance that is available for use on narrow roads and on bridges.
Water rescue is facilitated by two jet skis, a 16-foot zodiac with a 60 HP engine and a Jon boat for use in the marsh. An ATV and a UTV are available for use in beach rescue.
Public Safety Officers patrol in the two Quick Response Vehicles which are equipped with a variety of supplies for first response to medical emergencies, fires, and water rescue as well as for law enforcement.