In March 2021 Dispatchers officially became classified as “emergency responders” in Kansas after Governor Laura Kelly signed Sentate Bill 40 into law. 

Dispatchers are most often the first point of contact for people in emergency situations and play a critical role in getting help to people when they need it most. 

Senate Bill 40 states that emergency responders now include: law enforcement officers, firefighters, 911 call-takers, emergency medical services personnel, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, public health personnel, emergency management personnel, public works personnel, and individuals with skills or training in operating specialized equipment needed to provide aid in a declared emergency.