OFD dropping local emergency landline number

In case of emergency call 911

Area residents accustomed to calling the Onida Fire Department’s local emergency line 258-2600 will soon be required to call 911 in case of emergency. "Effective October 31, 2019, we will be terminating our local emergency number and going to a 911 dispatch service only," said OFD Chief Bobby Ramler.

Ramler says the change is being made to improve safety. "The 911 dispatcher can tell us the exact location of the emergency," said Ramler. He also notes that the 911 dispatchers are trained to provide possible life saving measures over the phone and will remain on the line until help arrives.

"Our service will not change in regard to our response times and our desire to continue helping our wonderful community," said Ramler. "Please start dialing 911 in the event of an emergency."

The OFD will also be working with the Hughes County Dispatch Center. When calling in controlled burns, please contact the Hughes County dispatch Center at 605.773.7410. If you have any questions, please contact Ramler at 605.280.1495.