You hear a window breaking, someone isn't breathing, you've witnessed a serious car accident … you need help.
Fortunately, virtually everywhere in the United States, you can call 9-1-1 and be linked to an emergency communications center where you will be connected to the calm voice of a highly-trained professional who provides life-saving instruction and ensure that first responders arrive as quickly and safely as possible.
The Central Dakota Communications Center (CenCom) is your local emergency communications center which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is responsible for answering all 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls. CenCom personnel dispatch law enforcement, fire, ambulance and other services.
How busy is the Central Dakota Communications Center?
Who pays for the 9-1-1 service?
By a vote of County Electors, a subscriber pays $2.00 per month per device on their telephone bill.
$1.50 is kept in the County for operation and maintenance of the emergency services communications system.
The remaining $.50 is required to be submitted to the State of North Dakota for support of the statewide public safety communications network.
Because the 9-1-1 tax does not cover the full cost of operating a public safety communications center, additional funding is allocated from city and county general funds