Emergency Services

Mission: To save lives and protect property by developing programs and emergency operation capabilities that mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from any emergency or disaster situation- whether it be caused by natural or man-made occurrences.

The County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for developing and maintaining an ongoing program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

The Agency serves the chief executives by working with the departments of local governments and private sector organizations in the development of plans and capabilities responsive to those hazards which seriously threaten the jurisdiction.

The County Emergency Management Director serves as: a key leader in planning, coordinator of operations, chief of staff to the jurisdiction’s executives during emergency response, community liaison to build the emergency program and supporter of mitigation efforts.

All the following services are dispatched by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately. Administrative and non-emergency calls to the directors and Chiefs are possible by contacting dispatch at 712-757-3415 and they can provide an alternate number where they may be reached.

Police Departments

  • Hartley Police
  • Paullina Police
  • Sanborn Police
  • Sheldon Police
  • Sutherland Police


  • Archer Ambulance
  • Hartley Ambulance
  • Paullina Ambulance
  • Primghar Ambulance
  • Sanborn Ambulance
  • Sheldon Ambulance
  • Sutherland Ambulance

Fire Services

  • Archer Fire
  • Hartley Fire
  • Paullina Fire
  • Primghar Fire
  • Sanborn Fire
  • Sheldon Fire
  • Sutherland Fire