Public Safety

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Police Department
Under the direction of the Commissioners and the Town Manager, Chief Oswald and the staff of seven, address the public safety of town property, residents and visitors.

  • At all times, and within jurisdictional limits, the SMPD is charged to prevent crime, crashes and traffic congestion, preserve the peace, protect life and property, detect and arrest violators of the law, and enforce the laws of the United States, State of Maryland, and local ordinances.
  • The police department will assist the public in any reasonable manner, such as issuance of local parking permits and scheduled
  • SMPD works in conjunction with:Talbot County Emergency Services fingerprinting.

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100 S. Fremont Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-9500 or 911

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Fire Department
The St. Michaels Fire Department, Station40, is the volunteer fire company responsible for the safety of St. Michaels and surrounding communities. The department covers Arcadia Shores to Wittman, covering 120 square miles of land area and 130 miles of shoreline, and protecting a yearly population of around 8,500. During the Tourist Session, the daily tourist and summer resident population make that total approximately 13,500, and the total rises to over 22,000 during special events. Station 40 responds to over 1000 Ambulance, Rescue and Fire calls each year.

SMFD’s equipment includes two Fire Engines, a Ladder Truck, a 2500 Gal.Pumper Tanker, two Advanced Life Support Ambulances, a Brush Truck, a Command Vehicle, and a Fire/Rescue Boat.

When called, Station40 can bring up to 5500 gals of water, thousands of feet of hose, and an assortment of tools to handle almost any emergency; including motor vehicle collisions, search and rescue missions, fire suppression and containment, and a multitude of other public safety issues.

The Fire Department’s primary fundraising methods are the annual Fund Drive and Firemen’s Auction. The Fund Drive operates throughout the year, and The Firemen’s Auction is typically held in the Fall, where residents and visitors come together and help raise money to keep the SMFD fully funded. Throughout the year, Pit Beef and Chicken BBQ Saturdays and Flea Markets are held at Station40, where families are encouraged to come and meet the firefighters who serve the community.

Many things about the fire service have changed throughout the years, but Station40 is still operated 100% by VOLUNTEERS who receive $0.00 in pay for protecting the community. SMFD is primarily funded by donations from those who appreciate their service, and without those donations, the department would cease to exist.

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1001 S. Talbot St.
St. Michaels, MD 21663