The Dickinson Regional Communications Center is one of the most modern communications centers in North Dakota. Along with modern telecommunications technology, the center is equipped with Enhanced 911 capability. The center operates 24 hours a day, usually with at least two dispatchers on staff.

The center provides both emergency and non-emergency dispatch services for 22 surrounding entities. Dispatchers are responsible for dispatching police, fire, rescue, and ambulance services within those areas.

The dispatchers work a combination of ten and twelve hour shifts. They are highly trained and dedicated professionals. Each dispatcher must complete a training period working with an experienced dispatcher. They are also required to complete the APCO course, which is a nationally accredited course. They also complete the State’s Emergency Medical Dispatching course.

9-1-1 Police Fire EMS

How to use 9-1-1:

  • Remain calm, speak clearly
  • What is the emergency
  • Where is the emergency – tell milepost or house number
  • Provide your name and address
  • Provide the phone number from which you are calling
  • Stay on the phone until the 9-1-1 dispatcher releases you


Common Mis-dials (911) Number to Call Instead
  • Road or weather conditions
  • 511 (In-state)
  • Business calls for the Police department or Sheriff’s department (business hours)
  • 701-456-7759 (Police)
  • 701-456-7610 (Sheriff)
  • States Attorney’s Office
  • 701-456-7647
  • Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center (SWMCCC – jail)
  • 701-456-7790
  • Report a power outage
  • 1-800-638-3278 (MDU)
  • 1-800-627-8470 (West Plains)

DO NOT DIAL 911!!!!!

Tune in to a local radio or television station for why the sirens are sounding. Please help us keep the 911 lines open for emergencies!


We will activate the outdoor warning sirens whenever:

  • The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for any community located in Stark County;
  •  A funnel or tornado is reported within 15 miles of any city within Stark County and the funnel or tornado is on a direct path to hit any city within Stark County;
  • Wind speeds of 70 mph or greater are reported to be approaching or within any city in Stark County;
  • A hazardous materials or other life-threatening on-scene Incident Commander has requested activation of the sirens to alert the public;
  • Testing and maintenance operations.

The outdoor warning sirens will be activated once for each Warning, but may be activated again if necessary throughout the duration of the Warning. The outdoor warning sirens will not be activated for a weather watch.

The Stark County Emergency Management office tests the sirens every Wednesday at 11:00 A.M during the non-winter months. They sound for about 10-15 seconds to ensure all sites are functioning correctly.

Reminder – these are OUTDOOR warning sirens. If you hear them, seek shelter immediately. Many companies sell NOAA weather radios that will alert you to a storm warning if you are already indoors. Lightning kills more people every year than tornadoes! Heed the warning – get indoors when the sirens activate!


When to use 9-1-1
  • Fire
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Vehicle Accident-injury or on public property
  • Crimes in Progress
    • Theft
    • Prowler
    • Burglary
    • Robbery
    • Assault
    • Kidnapping
    • Erratic Driving
  • Blocked highways or roadways
  • Downed powerlines


Questions or Comments?
Comments and questions regarding the Communications/Dispatch Center can be directed to the dispatch supervisor, Dana Becker at:

Phone: 701-456-7758 or email by Clicking Here .