The Public Protection Department is composed of seven divisions providing services to the visitors and residents of Volusia County who are impacted most traumatically during emergencies resulting from accident, illness, loss of property or life. The department attempts to mitigate the effects of those events through effective planning (Emergency Management), appropriate preventive actions (Animal Control, Beach Safety and Fire Prevention), as well as prompt and efficient response to emergencies (Beach Safety, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Services). The department also meets statutory responsibilities as required for Corrections and the Medical Examiner.
The Emergency Services Institute and the Strategic Reserve are examples of programs within the Public Protection
Department that cross division lines, pulling together multiple resources to elevate service delivery within the
divisions, thereby enhancing their services to the public.
Provides animal control services to unincorporated areas of Volusia County and several municipalities by contract. This
division promotes responsible pet ownership.
Provides life-saving ocean rescue, first response emergency medical and law enforcement services to the visitors to the
"World’s Most Famous Beach." This world-class service is recognized as a leader in safety, service and efficiency.
Provides custodial services to felony and misdemeanor criminal offenders arrested and awaiting trial or sentenced to
serve time in a county institution.
Provides countywide leadership in planning, preparedness and coordination of response, recovery and mitigation from
natural, man-made and technological disasters within Volusia County.
Provides regulatory and clinical oversight to the various emergency medical services providers throughout Volusia
Provides high-quality, cost-efficient pre-hospital care and medical transportation with the highest standard of
professionalism, the most advanced technology and a deep sense of caring for the citizens and visitors of Volusia
Provides fire, rescue, first response emergency medical services, and specialized advanced and technical support
services to unincorporated areas of Volusia County including the municipalities of Lake Helen, Pierson and Oak
Provides the determination of the cause of death in specific circumstances as required by Florida Statute 406.11. The Medical Examiner works closely with various law enforcement agencies throughout Volusia and Seminole counties.