New program has Las Vegas nurses taking calls


The green light bulb glows over Kari Dawson’s desk, signaling she’s ready to take a call. Dawson is a new addition to the Las Vegas Fire Department communications center, but her role is different from the rest of the call-takers whose voices fill the room.

“Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, this is Kari, I’m a registered nurse,” she says into her headset, pausing to listen to the man on the other end of the line. “I’m going to ask you some questions to make sure we get you the right kind of help.”

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