Thread: employment as a dispatcher
03-01-2009, 08:33 PM #1
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- Northwood Nh
employment as a dispatcher
im 18 looking for a job in the emergency services... i wanna be a firefighter but i am a sir. in high school and still have two years of collage. i was wondering if you had to take any classes to be a dispatcher? and any advice on what to do to be come a dispatcher?
03-02-2009, 07:47 AM #2
The classes we have to take are given either by our dispatch center or the center pays for us to attend.... We are EMD APCO and MULES I think in newton co they are EMD EFD and EPD as well as apco and MULEsChris Cable
03-03-2009, 08:58 AM #3
If you want to be a firefighter, then focus on becoming a fiefighter. Becoming a 911 Telecommunicator is alot of hard work and has the chance of not jiving with 2 years of school. Your school schedule would take a back seat to your dispatch work schedule. Not to mention, like firefighting, you'll be working holidays, weekends, etc... You're looking at 4-12 months of training depending on the agency you get hired at before you are allowed to even work on your own. 911 is a profession in and of itself, not a "foot in the door" to other jobs.
Be aware also, that many centers require a person to be 21 before they can apply. Also be aware that the industries turnover rate is up to 19%. That is crazy high turnover caused by stress among other things.
If you are still interested I highly suggest you request to do a sit-a-long in a 911 center on a busy shift and observe the work environment to make sure this is something you CAN and WANT to do.Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But maybe time is also a companion who goes with us on our journey, and reminds us to cherish the moments of our lives because they will never come again.
03-03-2009, 10:16 AM #4
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