Harney County 911 Dispatch
David P. McDonald, 9-1-1 Director
Harney County 9-1-1 Dispatch is a division of the Harney County Sheriff’s Office. Harney County 9-1-1 Dispatch is staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Harney County 9-1-1 Dispatch is the 9-1-1 answering point for all of Harney County. The communications center receives and dispatches calls for police, fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Services). All telecommunicators are EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch) certified, using state approved pre-arrival instructions.
The Harney County 9-1-1 Dispatch system is enhanced. The phone number and address where the call is originating is displayed on a computer screen in the communications center.
There are three (3) incoming 9-1-1 lines and four (4) business telephone lines. There are eight (8) radio channels, four (4) of which are monitored 24 hours a day.
Seven (7) police agencies utilize Harney County 9-1-1 Dispatch services. These include the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Burns Police Department, Hines Police Department, Burns Paiute Tribal Police Department, as well as Malheur Wildlife Refuge Law Enforcement, United States Forest Service Law Enforcement and Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement.
Harney County 9-1-1 Dispatch dispatches for three (3) fire agencies, and one (1) ambulance services.
Harney County is the largest county in the state, with 10,228 square miles and a population of only around 7,200. Harney County 9-1-1 covers all of the 10,228 square miles with a portion of Lake County. The area also receives around 100,000 visitors each year who may need assistance.
The mission of Harney County 9-1-1 is to provide prompt assistance in a caring, resourceful and professional manner to those we serve.