Emergency Management

Avery County Residents
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The Avery County Emergency Management Office is dedicated to the protection of lives and property throughout our county when an incident occurs. Our goal is to plan for an emergency through preparation and planning, respond to the actual event, initiate the recovery phase post-event, and help mitigate the known problem areas to prevent reoccurrence, if possible.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for enforcing fire prevention codes, performing safety inspections, reviewing plans for development, performing fire investigations, and educating the public with regards to prevention and preparedness. Since 1985, it has been mandated that all structures, new and existing, be periodically inspected, with the exception of one and two family dwellings.


Mailing Address:
PO Box 581
Newland, NC 28657

Phone: (828)733-8213
Fax Number : (828)733-2217

The Office of Emergency Management is located on the 2nd floor in the Administrative Building
at 175 Linville St, Newland, NC.


Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:30pm


Paul Buchanan, Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator 
Phone: (828)733-8210
Email: paul.buchanan@averycountync.gov

David Charles Vance, Assistant Fire Marshal
Phone: (828)733-8213
Email: emergency.management@averycountync.gov