The primary function of the Communications Department (9-1-1) is the dispatching of emergency services for all of Barton County. The Communications Department provides emergency dispatching services for the Barton County Sheriff's Department; the Police Departments of Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend, and Hoisington, the Kansas Highway Patrol and all fire departments and emergency medical services in the County. The Communications Department also dispatches for Kansas Wildlife and Parks, Central Kansas Community Corrections and Juvenile Services.
Barton County Communications is the public safety answering point for all of Barton County and has enhanced 911 services.
Barton County Communications staffs 15 employees. (the director, two supervisors, and 12 dispatchers). Dispatchers are on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist the public. Dispatchers are required to work holidays, and weekends as scheduled. In addition to providing emergency services, the 911 dispatchers will provide the public with 911 addresses when building a new structure or moving to the Barton County area.