In 1994, Clay County and the City of Vermillion joined in a cooperative effort to provide Emergency Communications dispatch services to area emergency services providers such as the Clay County Sheriff, the Vermillion Police Department, Vermillion and Wakonda Fire Departments and the Vermillion Ambulance Department.
Clay Area Emergency Services Communication Center was formed and is governed by a board of users from the various entities. The users board supervises the Communications Center through a full time director who supervises eight full time dispatchers. The Center is staffed 24 hours a day and answers routine calls and provides Enhanced 911 emergency dispatching at 3 separate, fully functional dispatch work stations. All Clay County law enforcement, fire, and ambulance calls are dispatched through the Communications Center which is located in the Public Safety building along with the Clay County Sheriff and the Vermillion Police Department.