Always Here, Always Ready
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) provides 9-1-1 dispatch, technology services, and emergency management services for Clark County, Washington. We serve Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, Yacolt, and unincorporated areas of the county.
** NEW Disaster Assistance to Washington Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Winter Storms
The Small Business Administration will be opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Kelso, WA for assist residents affected by the December Severe Winter Storms. For More Information: SBA Assistance Available
3-1-1 Non Emergency Law Enforcement Number
CRESA is excited to announce a new number for the community to use to report non-emergency law enforcement issues.
Historically, Clark County has had one number to call to connect with their local law enforcement. This meant that if you had a non-emergency complaint (like someone had stolen your bicycle overnight) you had no choice but to call 911 to report the crime. Beginning this month, community members can call 311 or 360-693-3111 to reach the 911 dispatchers. Using this line will help prioritize incoming calls at the 911 center and keep 911 open for emergencies.
When you call 311 you may be placed on hold or you may be placed in a queue. You may hear a recorded message with information about alternative numbers or resources you may use instead of waiting for a dispatcher. CRESA is busy place, serving as both the 911 answering point for all of incorporated and unincorporated Clark County and is also the dispatch center for local law enforcement and fire / EMS responders. Please be patient, as the same people answering 911 emergency calls and dispatching responders are the same people answering 311.
A few guidelines to follow when you decide if you want to call 911 versus 311:
- Always use 911 for any fire and medical call, no matter how minor you think the medical complaint is
- Call 911 if your police complaints involves a gun, is a crime happening now, or a situation that needs police to prevent or stop an injury or property damage
- 311 is the alternate number to report non-emergency law enforcement related complaints
If you are unsure, call 911 and we will get you the right help or refer you to the right resource. More Information can be found here.
Text-to-911 is not yet available in Clark County. Click Here For more information on Text-to-911
- All 9-1-1 centers in Washington are currently working to upgrade their systems in order to accept Text-to-9-1-1, but the technology is not state-wide yet.
- The ability to Text-to- 9-1-1 is currently available in Kitsap County. Texting is not available state-wide at this time. (Keep yourself updated as this will be changing frequently.)
- Only certain carriers are currently available in those counties.
- The preferred method for contacting 9-1-1 is still to call. Text-to-9-1-1 is intended for people that may not be able to speak due to an emergency such as a home invasion or abusive partner, as well as individuals that are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t is the message.
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Are You Right for a Job as 9-1-1 Call-Taker / Dispatcher?
CRESA is currently seeking candidates who are smart, dedicated, quick-thinking, decisive and resilient to apply to be 9-1-1 Call-Takers and Dispatchers. If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to do this important job, click here.