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Dunn County emergency radio transition nearly complete

MANNING -- Dunn County Emergency Management is in the final stages of transitioning to state radio, which will help it handle a growing number of emergency calls.

Dunn County Emergency Manager Denise Brew told the County Commission on Wednesday at its meeting at the Dunn County Courthouse in Manning that state radio would notify the county when it was ready to connect to the system.

Dunn County emergency calls, which had been routed through the Stark County Department of Emergency Services at the Law Enforcement Center in Dickinson, will eventually be connected with the statewide emergency system in Bismarck to help with the increasing demand for emergency


Commissioner Daryl Dukart asked if there would be any conflicts with the 911 addressing, as people move into and out of the county.

Brew said she was hoping to lessen the chances of that by requesting that people come straight to her with address changes.

"That's why I ask people to come to call me at the courthouse with those new addresses," she said. "I want to know what is being addressed and make sure it gets into the database."

Brew added that she needs to make sure that the cities are doing their own addressing, which is something that has typically been their responsibility.

"I need to reach out and talk to the cities about making sure they send addresses to the GIS workshop to have the information put in the database," she said.

Making sure every location's address is visible from the road is another hurdle that will need to be overcome to help people who are new to the area, especially people who work for the police, fire or ambulance services, Dukart said.

"Ten years ago, everybody knew everybody, but now we have some emergency service workers who are new to this area and we need addresses so people can be found in case of emergencies," he said.

Commissioner Donna Scott said during a meeting with emergency service workers it was mentioned that they would prefer that numbers and street signs be at least 6-inches tall and visible from the road, so emergency workers spot them easily and quickly.

"If we work more with the cities and let them know what we want the people to have, I think we could do this," she said.

Brew also said drivers need to pull over and stop when they encounter an emergency service vehicle with its lights on.

"It's crucial to us that they do this," she said. "Recently, we had an ambulance driving with its lights and sirens on and the guy in front of the ambulance pulled over onto the gravel, but then kept driving at 55 miles per hour. That just creates dust and makes things worse for the ambulance driver. We need whoever is driving the ambulance to get the patient to the hospital safely."