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Using the 9-1-1 System

9-1-1 is the emergency number in Fargo. You can call this number 24 hours a day for police, fire or emergency medical services. It can save you valuable time in an emergency. We want you to know how and when to call 9-1-1 in case you have an emergency.  

Call 9-1-1 when...

  • police, fire and medical response is needed.
  • you see fire or smoke.
  • life and/or property are in danger.
  • a crime is being committed.
  • an ambulance is necessary.

Anyone can call 9-1-1

Children should be taught to call 9-1-1 for police, fire or medical help. A preprogrammed speed dial button may be helpful for those with vision impairments. The hearing-impaired can use a TDD machine.

How to call 9-1-1

To call 9-1-1 from a home phone or a simple business phone, pick up the phone and press the numbers, 9-1-1.To call 9-1-1 from a Centrex or PBX business extension, obtain an outside line (usually with "9"), and then press the numbers, 9-1-1. To call 9-1-1 from a pay phone, no money is needed; simply press the numbers 9-1-1. To call 9-1-1 from a cellular phone or mobile phone, press the numbers 9-1-1. No location information will be displayed.  

Providing information to the 9-1-1 dispatcher

Try to remain calm when explaining the emergency and speak clearly. Tell the 9-1-1 dispatcher:

  • your name
  • the location of the emergency
  • the type of emergency

The 9-1-1 dispatcher will then ask you more questions. Provide the answers as best you can.Stay on the telephone until the dispatcher says it is okay to hang up.  Remember, don't call 9-1-1 to ask questions or to play a joke. Post your address and phone number by each telephone so anyone will be able to give the vital information needed for a quick response. Make sure your house number is visible from the street.  

To contact police, fire or medical services in a non-emergency situation:

  • Call Fargo Fire at 241-1540.
  • Call Fargo Police at 241-1437.
  • Call F-M Ambulance at 364-1700.