Why do telecommunicators ask so many questions?
The telecommunicator's job is to get enough information to adequately categorize, prioritize and locate a call-for-service. While the telecommunicator is asking you questions, he or she is entering information into a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system. Other telecommunicators can see the information as it is entered and send responders. Talking to the telecommunicator does not delay response. The telecommunicator is gathering information that is necessary for the responding units. The telecommunicator is also trained to offer potential life saving instructions while emergency responders are en route to the scene.

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