Bismarck, ND - The ND Department of Emergency Services announces several staff changes in the Division of State Radio. Brooke Zimmerman was promoted from a Communications Specialist II to Communication Specialist III (Assistant Supervisor). Peggy Golke, previously a Communications Specialist II, will begin new duties as a Communications Supervisor. Ben Scheirer and Bennet Bitz who were temporary employees recently accepted full time positions as Communications Specialists and Lisa Bahr and John Woutat filled the temporary positions vacated by Scheirer and Bitz.
The Division of State Radio coordinates 9-1-1 services as well as emergency medical, fire, and law enforcement response. It provides all public safety communications services for 22 counties and is the designated back-up public safety answering point for all the other 22 located throughout the state. State Radio is the primary dispatch center for the N.D. Highway Patrol and also responds to calls for emergency assistance across the state. Statewide communication services ensure necessary resources are dispatched or emergency response. A communications center open 24 hours a day provides direct assistance to more than 4,000 users representing 287 federal, state, local, and tribal agencies