West Haven ERS - Public Safety Telecommunicator

Job Overview

Department West Haven ERS
TypeDispatcher
Job TitlePublic Safety Telecommunicator
Salary$43,023.24 to $58,523.92 
Deadline Oct 4, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern
Location West Haven, CT
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Public Safety Emergency Telecommunicator

DEPARTMENT: West Haven ERS (Emergency Reporting System)  
POSITION TITLE: Public Safety Emergency Telecommunicator  
HOURS: 40 Hour work / Full-time position (shift work via bid procedure)  
SALARY RANGE:

$43,023.24 to $58,523.92  (Begin at Step 1 to Step 3 at 24 completed months)

 

Primary Purpose:

Works under the direct supervision of the Director of West Haven ERS. Proceeds alone on established normal working conditions, following a variety of Standard Operating Procedures/Guidelines and refers any questionable event to the Director of ERS. Receives & promptly transmits emergency calls & non-emergency calls to ensure that the public (or caller) receives the correct emergency & non-emergency services it requires in a timely manner. 

Essential Duties & Functions:

  • 911 Dispatchers must respond to emergency & non-emergency calls for assistance & information. They must provide dispatch & communication support services for police, fire & medical related services.
  • Essential job duties & functions include the following:
  • Receive & transmit emergency & non-emergency calls via telephone, radio, or other means for the purpose of ensuring that the caller receives the correct services it needs in a timely manner;
  • Operate an analog & digital radio console with multiple channels & frequencies, as well as various computer systems for the purpose of monitoring, dispatching & communication support services for police, fire, emergency, & related services (use of a two-way radio);
  • Operate a multi-line telephone console system (NG-911), page & tone alerting system, & TTY/TDD system for the deaf & hearing-impaired. Translate information to the appropriate Agency using emergency or Department specific signals & codes;
  • Determine & assign the level of priority for each call & enters the data accurately into a computer-aided dispatch system for radio dispatch purposes;
  • Provide emergency police, fire & medical dispatch, including the use of other resources & supportive services;
  • Ask vital questions to interpret, analyze & anticipate the caller's situation to resolve problems, provide information, & follow the proper protocols for dispatching the appropriate Agency;
  • Utilizes the Medical Dispatch Priority System provided by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch to handle medical emergencies, provide pre-arrival instructions or refer callers to other public emergency agencies;
  • Familiar with the different terminology used in the fire, medical & police services to be able to determine the appropriate number & type of equipment, apparatus or vehicle to dispatch; Monitors & responds to a variety of technical systems & alarms in a timely manner;
  • Creates, enters & maintains accurate, well-organized records for documentation & retrieval purposes;
  • Assists in training of new employees pursuant to the rules of the Bargaining Agreement;
  • Maintains & projects a positive, professional attitude with the public, ERS co-workers, Fire, Police, ambulance personnel, City Officials, & any other party dealt with in the course of work;
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information within West Haven ERS and abides by all local & departmental policies that apply to safeguarding all assets of West Haven ERS;
  • Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures & regulations governing the proper use of equipment used in the performance of duties;
  • Upholds ALL requirements necessary to keeping the validity of Certifications required.

Additional Duties:

  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Director of ERS, her designee, or Shift Supervisor;
  • Makes recommendations for enhancements to the systems or ERS Center;
  • Voluntarily participates in or offers to assist with community programs to help ERS Center establish strong community relations.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of West Haven ERS policies, procedures & protocols used to perform duties;
  • Knowledge of the geography of the City of West Haven & use of a GIS system;
  • Knowledge of applicable laws & regulations relating to the provision of emergency & non-emergency dispatch services;
  • Knowledge of data information systems & data analysis;
  • Must have good vocal skills & a professional, positive attitude;
  • Requires good computer skills & familiar with use of standard office equipment (e.g., Microsoft Word, Internet, E-mail, scan, copier);
  • Ability to perform manipulative skills, which require hand-eye coordination such as keyboarding skills, including the ability to correctly type a minimum of 40-50 words per minute;
  • Ability to organize & coordinate work & perform clerical related tasks;
  • Ability to adapt to technology advancements & adhere to any policy/procedure associated therewith;
  • Ability to focus & maintain concentration for extended periods of time, while remaining at a work station, at time without a relief;
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time;
  • Ability to maintain composure & function under the stress of emergency situations;
  • Ability to read, write, speak, & understand English; Ability to communicate via phone and radio clearly with distinct pronunciation when appropriate;
  • Ability to portray exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance & professional growth;
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback regarding work performance & follow QA/Ql guidelines;
  • Ability to establish & maintain cooperative working relationships with others during the course of this work or while you are acting as a representative of ERS.

Physical, Mental Demands & Work Hazards:

  • Can work in a standard office building environment or a high-paced location;
  • Must be available to report for or to continue to work extended hours, including during emergencies, periods of bad weather, natural disasters or other unusual circumstances;
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job;
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions;
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk & listen. The employee is occasionally required to walk, use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms;
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or push/pull objects of less than twenty-five (25) pounds;
  • Certain vision requirements are needed in this position, which include but are not limited to having the ability to adjust focus, view monitors closely, distinguish & identify different colors;
  • Noise Level in the work room is generally quiet but depends on how busy the Center is;
  • The employee shall be temperamentally suited to the position, including being able to remain calm, take decisive action during emergencies and to remain alert and vigilant during periods of inactivity or when carrying out normal, repetitive operations;
  • Must work harmoniously with, be professional with and show respect to fellow co-workers and Shift Supervisors at all times;
  • Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper use of equipment used in performing the job;
  • Monitors, documents and reports non-compliance with response time-standards;
  • Reports needed repairs or major malfunctions to Shift Supervisor or Director of ERS.

Education and Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess High School Diploma, GED or equivalent proving completion of education that will allow you perform the functions & duties of this position;
  • Must pass a general practice physical examination to include a drug screening test as well as have the ability to distinguish and identify different colors and pass a hearing test;
  • Successfully pass a thorough background investigation and criminal fingerprinting conducted by the West Haven Police Department;
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a CT State Telecommunicator Certification or complete course within 3 months of employment or as soon as a class becomes available;
  • Must obtain and maintain an Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Certification from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) or be recently expired requiring only a re test prior to the IAED 90-day lapse policy standard within 3 months of employment or as soon as a class becomes available;
  • Must obtain and maintain a COLLECT/NCIC Certification or be recently expired requiring only the short, 1-day re-certification class to become re-certified as soon as a class becomes available;
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid CPR Certification within 3 months of employment or as soon as a class becomes available;
  • Must obtain and maintain Emergency Police Dispatch (EPD) Certification from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) within 11 months of employment or as soon as a class becomes available;
  • Must currently possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License or have the ability to provide own transportation.

Additional Preferred Experiences:

  • Successful prior experience working as a Public Safety Dispatcher is highly preferred;
  • Certification in EMD, CPR, NCIC/COLLECT or EPD is highly preferred; Any previously completed Public Safety course related to Police, Fire or Medical experiences are acceptable, but not required;
  • Familiarization with PRAWN Program, CT Firearm Registry Lookups & CT Judicial Website;
  • Bilingual preferred;
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of ProQA, NexGen CAD and LEAS systems.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

The duties and functions, above are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

This is a full-time union position, with benefits. The City of West Haven is an Equal, Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans and the disabled.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the Employer as the needs of the Employer and the requirements of the job may change.

EXAMINATION GUIDELINES:

  • All applicants are required to complete the pre-requisite (written Dispatcher's Exam) given by the CPCA and pass with a 70% or better.
  • All applicants will take part in an oral interview.

Applications are accepted only through PoliceApp.com and applicant must pay any non-refundable fee.

The City of West Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

 

 


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