Why do dispatchers ask so many questions when I call 911?
Your 911 call is answered by the Dakota County Dispatch Center. The dispatch center has scripted questions to ask callers who are experiencing fire and medical emergencies. The emergency resources can be started by another dispatcher while you are talking to the dispatcher on the phone. The dispatcher can also provide direction in many situations to assist with the emergency prior to responders arriving.

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1. How do I apply for a recreational fire or other fire-related permit?
2. Can I become a "Volunteer" firefighter with your department?
3. Can I have a grill on my apartment balcony/patio?
4. Can I have a campfire?
5. Can I burn leaves?
6. How do I report a burning complaint?
7. Can I visit a fire station?
8. Can I host a birthday party at a fire station?
9. Why do fire engines respond to medical emergencies?
10. Why do dispatchers ask so many questions when I call 911?
11. Does the City offer CPR Classes?