911 is an emergency telephone number that provides immediate and direct access to Fire, Police, Medical Services, and other emergency responders. 911 is a system created to provide immediate response to calls for services for emergencies.
A 911 answering center is located at State Radio in Bismarck. This answering point receives calls for emergencies for 22 counties in North Dakota. ND State radio is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to receive calls and dispatch the appropriate services.
The 911 system can be activated by landline and wireless (cellular) phones. When you call 911 using a cellular phone, it is very important to give the dispatcher your cell phone number right away in case you lose the connection.
Depending on your location when you call 911 from a cell phone, your call may reach a cell phone tower that directs your 911 call to a different 911 Center other than the one in the jurisdiction you may need. It is necessary to give the dispatcher the address of your location so they can contact the correct 911 Center.
For more information on 911 services, when to call 911, and what happens when you call 911, please view the
brochure Calling 911.