The Epicenter for Local Emergency and Public Safety Service

The Blount County Emergency Communications District (BCECD) was consolidated in 1989 and serves as the primary public safety answering point for our county.

BCECD is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors made up of four appointees by the Blount County Commission, two appointees by the Maryville City Council, and two appointees by the Alcoa City Commission.

The final member is an at-large member chosen by the eight appointed board members.

We currently serve a total of seven fire departments and four law enforcement agencies. Our county EMS dispatch is also co-located in our facility, and they dispatch both AMR Ambulance and the Blount County Rescue Squad.

The BCECD currently employs 5 administrative positions, 2 dispatch supervisors, 24 full‑time dispatchers, 3 part-time dispatchers, and a part‑time custodian. 

Blount County Commission Appointees

James Berrong

Sheriff James Berrong
(Blount County Sheriff's Office)

Mike Caylor

Commissioner Mike Caylor

Ron French

Commissioner Ron French

William Brewer

Judge William Brewer

Board Chairman

Maryville City Council Appointees

Greg Cooke

Major Greg Cooke
(Maryville Police Department)

Tony Crisp

Public Safety Dir. Tony Crisp
(Maryville PD and FD)

Board Secretary

Alcoa City Commission Appointees

David Carswell

Chief David Carswell
(Alcoa Police Department)

Roger Robinson

Chief Roger Robinson
(Alcoa Fire Department)

Citizen At Large


Darrell Tipton

Want to learn more about our agency? Click the link below to read our Annual Report!

Texting 911 is an option in Blount County if you are unable to call us. The dispatch center went live with this feature in June of 2020.

Blount County currently uses the hyper-reach reverse 911 platform. Citizens can sign up to receive emergency alerts.