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City of Cambridge Emergency Telecommunications Dispatchers in Cambridge, Massachusetts

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include coordinating the operations and activities in the Emergency Communications Center. Test, monitor, and operate police and fire signaling systems. Receive and process police, fire, and EMS-related emergency calls using various national, state, and local protocols. Dispatch police, fire, EMS, and other emergency units and personnel as needed. Monitor and operate radio, computer, telephone, and other specialized equipment in support of public safety communications and dispatch functions. Perform other dispatch, signal monitoring, and communications support duties as assigned. Working under the supervision of the ECC Supervisor, the ETD will have detailed job responsibilities in the following major areas: Receiving Telephone Calls and Obtaining Information Using Structured Protocols Dispatching Public Safety Personnel and Resources Understanding Police and Fire Field Operations and Procedures Processing Alarms from Police, Fire and Central Station Signaling Equipment Providing Information to Responders, the Public and Other Agencies Providing Emergency Medical Dispatch Services and Instructions Testing City Fire and Intrusion Alarm Signaling Equipment Servicing Field Unit Requests for Service Reporting and Recordkeeping Troubleshooting 911 and Other Signaling Equipment Operating General Facility Devices and Equipment Taking Reports Over the Phone Continuing Education Training Maintaining the Facility and Workspace Undertaking Special Projects ETDs receive a variety of operational and technical training in support of their duties. ETDs work in a combined 911 and Public Safety Dispatch environment handling police, fire, and medical emergencies. ETDs also handle police and fire non-emergency calls on 10-digit business lines. Based on training, console position setup and the discretion of supervisors, ETDs will be expected to work at any position including those primarily responsible for call answering, police dispatching, fire/EMS dispatching, and computer operations. ETDs are expected to participate in on-going training and to maintain all dispatch-related certifications, including those for CPR, Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), and CJIS. ETDs may also be assigned a wide variety of special duties at the discretion of Department management, including support duties in the Emergency Operations Center or at Tactical Command Posts. All ETD\'s are also required to assist with training other employees as needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: A high school diploma or GED is required. Applicants will undergo a multi-part Dispatcher Screening Process. Applicants must have the ability to touch-type at least 30 WPM (net of errors). A typing test will be administered during the hiring process. Applicants must also pass additional tests and a thorough background and criminal history review. Candidates must have interest in, and be suitable for, work in a combined police, fire, and EMS dispatch center. Also required is maturity of judgment and the following abilities: ability to learn and understand the basic field operations and procedures of the police and fire departments, to manage police-fire dispatch operations and support units and field commanders requesting resources and support actions, to use various technical systems including computerized dispatch, signaling, alarm monitoring, telephone console, and general personal computer equipment. Additionally, candidates should possess a courteous but authoritative telephone voice and manner, as well as the ability to understand and skillfully manage emergency and business callers. Must have the ability to be understood clearly by others over radio and telephone circuits, to accurately record the detail of telephone and radio conversations, and to remain calm