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The Central Dakota Communications Center (CenCom) and Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) broke ground today for a new public safety communications center. The center is located at DCN’s Bismarck location. Over 60 guests took part in the groundbreaking celebration including the CenCom Board of Directors and Executive Committee, DCN owner company representatives, Bismarck, Mandan and Burleigh County elected officials, Gov. Doug Burgum’s representative, North Dakota congressional delegation representatives, Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, and members of the public.
“The public-private partnership between CenCom and DCN provides a long-term solution and the critical public safety communications infrastructure needed to maintain the safety of the region well into the future,” said CenCom Director Mike Dannenfelzer. “It is a wise use of tax dollars to leverage what DCN has already built rather than recreate a facility for our own existence. Our previous partnership has been successful, and we look forward to operating under the same roof.”
The project is endorsed by the Bismarck City Commission, Mandan City Commission and Burleigh County Commission. CenCom responds to 911 calls, non-emergency calls, fire and security alarms and many other services citizens use to seek public safety assistance. CenCom coordinates the dispatching of five law enforcement agencies, eight fire departments, six ambulance agencies and several other governmental services.
CenCom, is a partnership between Bismarck, Mandan and Burleigh County and was established in 2016. The current facility has housed the operation for Bismarck-Burleigh since 2003. Mandan joined the operation in 2016. Growth in calls-for-service and public safety activities has required an increase in personnel and corresponding work space. The current facility doesn’t allow for additional growth.
For more information visit www.bismarcknd.gov/CenCom.