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Students Learn All About 911

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How prepared would you be to call 911? Authorities say there's going to be at least one time in your life when you will have to. Representatives with Red River Dispatch went to an elementary school classroom so youngsters get an early start on handling emergency communication. 

Kids don't call 911 very often, but if they had to, Dilworth elementary students look like they could get the job done. The people talking to them are from the Red River Regional Dispatch Center. They're going over some basics that could one day help the children save themselves or someone else.

They may be young, but the 7-year-old kids in the classroom are quick to pick up the importance and understanding of 911.

In their short time together, the kids will get an explanation of emergency and non-emergency situations, the importance of knowing their home address and being able to identify locations, as well as providing someone on the phone a good description of a person or situation.

Amanda Glasoe with Red River Dispatch says kids can be better 911 callers than adults.

"They're not always aware how emergent thing can be, so they can be somewhat better callers at times because they're a little bit more calm because they don't understand the urgency of life and death."

And that's part of the reason, they are being talked to now, they when they get older, they'll be prepared. Other safety ideas: Have your address and the dispatch center's non-emergency phone number listed on your fridge, and make sure you're kids understand that they shouldn't call 911 as a joke or a prank; They could get in trouble, and so could you.

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