911 Usage

Nine-one-one is only to be used ONLY in emergency situations.  An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police/sheriff, the fire department or an ambulance.  If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 9-1-1. It's better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 call taker determine if you need emergency assistance.

For non-emergency situations please contact Delta County Dispatch at 970-874-2015.

Examples of When to Call 9-1-1


  • Medical Emergencies 
  • Heart attack or stroke 
  • House fire 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Burglary or theft in progress 
  • Car accident with life threatening injuries 
  • Suspicious activities 
  • Anything else that seems like an emergency! 

Do not call 9-1-1


  • For information 
  • When the power is out 
  • To report a broken fire hydrant 
  • When your water pipes burst 
  • To get a ride for doctor's appointment 
  • For paying tickets 
  • For your pet 
  • As a prank

Never Prank Call 9-1-1


It's a prank call when someone calls 9-1-1 for a joke, or calls 9-1-1 and hangs up. If 9-1-1 lines or call takers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need.  In most places, it's against the law to make prank 9-1-1 calls.

(Source: http://www.911.org/howwhentocall.asp)