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The Torrington Communications Center provides dispatch service as well as 24-hour contact for the citizens of Torrington with the Torrington Police Department. The Torrington Communications Center also provides emergency dispatch for other towns and law enforcement agencies in Goshen County such as:

  • Fort Laramie Police Department
  • Goshen County Sheriff's Office
  • Lingle Police Department
  • U.S. Parks Service
  • Wyoming Game and Fish
  • Wyoming Highway Patrol

In addition to these the center provides emergency dispatch for all Fire and Ambulance Services in Goshen County including Torrington Emergency Medical Services, Torrington Fire Department, and all Public Works Departments within the City of Torrington.

How to Talk with Your Kids About 911

  1. Kids & 911
  2. When to Call
  3. How to Use
  4. More Safety Tips

Fire-EMS, Police Dispatch 911Not that long ago, there was a separate telephone number for each type of emergency agency. For a fire, you called the fire department; for a crime, you called the police; for a medical situation, you called an ambulance or doctor.

But now 911 is a central number for all types of emergencies. An emergency dispatch operator quickly takes information from the caller and puts the caller in direct contact with whatever emergency personnel are needed, thus making response time quicker.

According to the National Emergency Number Association, 911 covers nearly all of the population of the United States, but check your phone book or go online to be sure that 911 is the emergency number to use in your area.

Make Sure Your Kids Know

Everyone needs to know about calling 911 in an emergency. But kids also need to know the specifics about what an emergency is. Asking them questions like, "What would you do if we had a fire in our house?" or "What would you do if you saw someone trying to break in?" gives you a chance to discuss what constitutes an emergency and what to do if one occurs. Role playing is an especially good way to address various emergency scenarios and give your kids the confidence they'll need to handle them.

For younger children, it might also help to talk about who the emergency workers are in your community - police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, and so on - and what kinds of things they do to help people who are in trouble. This will clarify not only what types of emergencies can occur, but also who can help.