Public Safety

ACPS LogoThe Department of Public Safety's Mission is: 

To serve Amherst County's citizens by collectively and individually safeguarding their lives and property against the death dealing and injurious effects of natural or man-made disasters, and to coordinate responsive capabilities of the volunteer fire and rescue services and other agencies that respond during times of emergencies and disasters.

To complete this mission of service to the public, certain goals and processes have to be developed and instituted; among these are:

In coordination with Federal and State Governments, plan and prepare for emergency operations, ensuring that casualties and property loss will be minimized and normal conditions will be restored as rapidly as possible in the event of a disaster.

In coordination with the eighteen (18) career personnel staffing the EMS stations 24/7, six (6) volunteer fire departments, and four (4) volunteer rescue squads, that serve Amherst County through their respective officers, provide emergency fire, medical, and other emergency services immediately and effectively to the citizens of the county.
Update, implement, and exercise all Emergency Operational Plans for Amherst County.

  • Assist the volunteer fire departments and rescue squads in the county in identifying and developing their relationships with the Board of Supervisors, County Administration, and each other through a conscientious effort of communication, education, and participation.
  • Continue to enhance the emergency service capabilities of Amherst County through the effective use of resources, volunteer organizations in the private sector, and assignment of emergency service responsibilities to all employees.
  • Develop a comprehensive training program for the county to provide all emergency response personnel with a means of practical training evolutions.

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Public Safety / E911 Communications Center
119 Taylor St
P.O. Box 140, Amherst, VA 24521
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  • Phone: (434) 946-9307
  • Fax: (434) 946-9470
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