Clay Area Emergency Services

About the Center

The Clay Area Emergency Services Communication Center is a partnership between the City of Vermillion and Clay County overseen by a 5-member advisory board composed of the:


The Communication Center is staffed by one director and seven full-time dispatchers.


This Department provides radio communications 24/7, 365 days per year, toll-free voice (911) and TDD telephone access for the Police Department, Highway Patrol, and Sheriff's Office.

Emergency Calls

All emergency calls for the following are dispatched from the Communications Center at the Public Safety Center:

  • Ambulance
  • Fire
  • Law enforcement
  • Rescue services

Other Services

 In addition, the Clay Area Emergency Services Communication Center answers telephone calls, manages emergency paging and radio traffic for the following services and agencies:

  • South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
  • South Dakota Department of Transportation
  • Clay County Highway Department
  • City Utilities
  • Civil Defense