Yamhill Communications Agency (YCOM) is an intergovernmental entity established in 1988 under ORS 190. We provide 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency call handling, as well as, dispatch services for sixteen law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) public safety member organizations.
Located in McMinnville, Oregon, YCOM is the larger of two Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) within Yamhill County. Our geographical dispatch boundary covers over 735 square miles – spanning across Yamhill County and extending south into those portions of Polk County served by Amity, Dayton, Sheridan and West Valley Fire Districts.
YCOM provides support and notification to Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Forestry (Forest Grove and West Oregon Protection Districts) – Grand Ronde Tribal Public Safety – Yamhill County Community Justice, District Attorney’s Office, Health and Human Services, Road Department – area Municipal Public Works Departments, local Water Districts, Lifeflight Network, and a variety of Utility Companies operating within our service area.
Last year, YCOM processed nearly 129,000 telephone calls. Of those, 28,660 were emergency 9-1-1 calls. We continued to exceed the industry standard of answering 90% of all 9-1-1 calls within 10 seconds, and 95% within 15 seconds. In 2020 – YCOM answered 96.44% of all 9-1-1 Calls within 10 seconds; and 98.52% within 15 seconds.
The organization is governed by a five-member Executive Board comprised of the Yamhill County Sheriff, who serves as Chair; a Yamhill County Commissioner; a representative from the City of McMinnville; a representative selected by other city members and a representative selected by member fire districts.