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The Department of Emergency Service’s mission is to provide guidance to field operations personnel and overall command and control during large-scale emergencies and county-wide disasters. Cooperation and coordination is carried out between the field Incident Commander and the staff in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) utilizing the Incident Command System. Stillwater County Emergency frequently uses a Unified Command (UC) structure for managing some of our most complex disasters. We have successfully used the UC structure during the June 2022 flooding event and the June 2023 Train Derailment in the Yellowstone River,  

Overall responsibility for disaster management is vested in the Board of Commissioners.

We strive to keep you up to date with current issues that may affect the citizens of Stillwater County and how to assist you and your family prepare. The Office of DES specializes in

  • Disaster
  • Preparedness
  • Mitigation
  • Response
  • Recovery
  • Prevention.

Stillwater County Emergency Management

The Department of Emergency Services (DES) or Emergency Management as it is sometimes referred to, is a collective effort to help prevent, and minimize the seriousness of emergencies and disasters. This office is dedicated to providing leadership and high-quality services that improve the safety of the public and Stillwater County. This office works hard to establish the partnership with the public safety agencies of Stillwater County including fire, police, public works, EMS, volunteers, critical industries, and more. These public safety agencies coordinate before, during, and after an incident. Coordination is a key factor in establishing an effective program, and continual improvement saves lives and reduces losses from disasters!

Above is an example of a whole community approach that we typically use.


Pictured above:

Stillwater County Emergency Services and Sheriff's Office are pictured with Sibanye Stillwater after our recent purchase of an Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone). The Sibanye Stillwater Community Giving Program helped purchase a new UAS (Drone) to enhance our emergency response capabilities. UAS are commonly used for surveying damages from disasters, search and rescue, firefighting operations, and law enforcement operations. 

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Pictured above is Stillwater County Emergency Services and First Net partnering to improve communications at the June 2023 Train Derailment in the Yellowstone River. 

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