The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department
Emergency Communications Center is staffed by a Emergency Communications
Dispatcher. It is the job of the dispatcher to answer incoming emergency
and non-emergency telephone calls, operate our multi-channel radio system, and
perform records and warrant checks. Most of the time the dispatcher is
required to performs all these tasks at the same time.
In most cases, calling 911 in Humboldt County
will connect you with one of the departments Emergency Communications Dispatchers.
Callers inside the city limits of some Humboldt County cities will be answered
by their local police department. Callers using a cellular telephone will be
connected to the California Highway Patrol. Any of these dispatchers can
transfer the 911 call to another agency if that agency cannot handle the
emergency. Since the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department does not handle
fire or medical emergencies, calls of those nature will be transferred to an
appropriate agency. However, the dispatcher may still need to ask
questions regarding the call to decide if a law enforcement response is needed.
When calling 911 it is very important that
the caller remain calm. It is difficult to understand a caller that is not
calm. The dispatchers understand that you have an emergency and will do
their best to assist you. The dispatcher will need to ask the caller a
series of questions to understand what is happening. The dispatcher will
want to know the following information:
Who - Who is this happening to?
What - What is happening?
Where - Where is this happening?
When - When did this happen?
Why - Why is this happening?
Weapons - Are there any weapons?
The dispatcher will send assistance once
enough basic information has been gathered. The dispatcher may want to
gather additional information once assistance has been sent. Stay on the line
until told to hang up by the dispatcher.
The 911 system was developed to provide quick
access to help for those who need it. 911 should only be dialed in an
emergency. An emergency is when an immediate threat to life or property
exists. Some examples of when to call 911 include:
Call when there is a physical fight occurring.
Call when something is on fire.
Call when you observe a crime in
Call when somebody is sick or injured.
Don't call 911 for the following:
Don't call when the power is goes out.
Don't call to test your phone.
Don't call to check the time.
Don't call to find out a phone number.
Don't call and hang up.
Don't call as a prank.
Don't call to find out if school is open.
Don't call for a taxi.