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COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

The Okanogan County Communications center is a 24/7 emergency 911 communications center located in Okanogan Washington. Okanogan County is the largest county in land mass in Washington State, encompassing 5,281 square miles.

A branch of the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office the Communications center provides service to the 43,000+ citizens of Okanogan County, and to 32 Law, Fire, and EMS agencies. The Communications Deputies are National Academy of Emergency Dispatch certified, are required to complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commissions telecommunicator classes I, II, and III, and the training program takes from 6 months to a year to complete.

In 2007 the communications center dispatched 31,011 calls to public safety agencies, not including traffic stops, and processed 139,939 phone calls including 911 calls.

In early 2006 the Okanogan County Communications center relocated to a newly remodeled facility, and upgraded its equipment to include a state of the art RoIP (Radio over Internet Protocol) radio system. RoIP systems are the future of communications and utilizing this cutting edge technology makes Okanogan County ready to face the future needs of its citizens.

Staff -

 1 -911 Director ( Chief Deputy)
 3 - Communications Sergeants
10 - Communications Deputies
 1 - Radio / IT Tech


Mapped calls by Google Earth

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Emergency medical calls

Fire calls

Law Enforcement calls

Property Crimes

Personal Crimes

Traffic related calls

Animal related calls

 


National Telecommunicator Week is April 14-20.

During 2012 911 Telecommunicators-Dispatcher in Okanogan County answered more than 20,000 911 emergency calls for help from the public.  Communicating with excited or panicked callers is difficult and at times heart-wrenching but helping people is what we love to do.

 One major obstacle to getting help to people when they call is when people do not know where they are.  This is a common problem with the skyrocketing popularity of wireless telephones over traditional landlines.  To address this obstacle the State 911 office and the 911 dispatch centers across Washington state have developed a public education campaign encouraging people to know their location to facilitate 911 Dispatchers ability to get help to the people that have called in need of emergency services. 

A 911 call received by the Okanogan County Sheriff Office Dispatch Center was selected for the What’s Your Location campaign

Winter Weather & Holiday Safety

http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_infocus.shtml#Lightning

Whats Your Location video information on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwhT957lSzY

Governor Inslee's Public Safety Telecommunications Week proclamation

 http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/documents/e911_GovernorProclamation.pdf





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If you have an emergency or need a deputy to respond, call 911
To file a report over the phone, call the Dispatch Center, (509) 422-7232.
Other business call (509) 422-7200 to be directed to the correct location.
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office
123 5th Ave
Okanogan WA, 98840

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