Since its creation in 2013, Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC) has been the exclusive 911 dispatch center serving all of Cowley County and the communities located within its boundaries.
In addition to processing all 911 calls and non-emergency calls for service within Cowley County, CCEC provides dispatch services for five law enforcement agencies, two full time fire/ambulance departments, and five rural fire departments.
With a team of fourteen trained communications officers, the emergency communications center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cowley County Emergency Communications Mission Statement:
Cowley County Emergency Communications serves as a vital link between the citizens and public safety agencies for Cowley County. When receiving and processing 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency calls, our mission is to dispatch Emergency Services in a prompt, efficient, courteous and professional manner. With continued education and a commitment to excellence, we help save lives, protect property, and assist the public in their time of need. As Communication Officers, we will proudly make Cowley County a safer community in which to live, work, and visit.
Cowley County uses Cowley Alerts, a mass notification system, to disseminate emergency messages to the public.
Messages may include; severe weather, critical incidents that impact life, missing persons, law enforcement activity, and many more.
Residents of Cowley County can register for emergency notifications by creating a user profile. Sign up here
Cowley Alerts is also used to send emergency messages to attendees at events. For event specific sign up, a code and number will be available for subscribers to text to opt-in to messages related to the event.
To speak to someone in administration or records at the Arkansas City Police Department, Winfield Police Department or the Cowley County Sheriff's Office, please use the numbers listed below.
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Why do 911 dispatchers ask so many questions?
What should I do if I accidentally call 911?
How do I contact 911 if I am deaf or hard of hearing?
In June of 2016, Cowley County Commissioners adopted and approved Resolution No 2016-03 Regulating open burning. This resolution outlined procedures that are to be followed regarding open burning within the boundaries of Cowley County.
The Fire Chief, or their designee, will set the burn status level for their respective fire district and notify CCEC of their status. The following status levels apply to controlled burns.
Status 1: All burning allowed. Contact CCEC for a burn permit number.
Status 2: Restricted burning. Conditions may be dangerous to burn. The district Fire Chief, or their designee, will have to approve burning. Any person wishing to burn during status 2 should contact their districts fire department for guidance.
Status 3: No burning allowed. Conditions are considered high risk of fire. No burn permits will be issued for status 3 districts.
Only agricultural burning allowed during the month of April
Per K.A.R. 28-19-645a burning during the month of April is restricted to agricultural burning only.
A person shall not cause or permit open burning operations of any waste, including vegetation and wood waste, structures, or any other materials on any premises during the month of April in Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Geary, Greenwood, Johnson, Lyon, Marion, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, and Wyandotte counties.