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Help is a phone call away, thanks to 911.

In most cases, the dispatcher answering the emergency call is in the same county as the caller, but not always. That's because a local dispatch center isn't mandatory in today's technological world.

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The 911 dispatcher takes the call, contacts the nearest officer, fire truck or ambulance, and help arrives minutes later. The emergency responder's location, not the dispatcher's, is the key.

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