ORISKANY, N.Y. – The Oneida County 911 Center is hiring emergency dispatchers, and is looking for multi-taskers who can stay calm under pressure.
Dispatchers, officially called public safety tellecommunicators, take calls from people dialing 911, and relay the information to police, fire departments and other agencies if necessary. Computer proficiency and strong interpersonal skills are also important in these positions.
Although the most important skill, is the ability to do all of these things at once.
“Multi-tasking is a huge part of our job. We've got one of two radio frequencies we are listening to as well as the phones as well as other parts of the county that might affect the position we're working as well,” said Evan Moore, senior public safety telecommunicator at the Oneida County Department of Emergency Services.
The 911 center is looking to hire 50 people to be fully staffed.
The deadline to submit applications for public safety telecommunicator positions is Nov. 22. The application can be found here.
People working for the Department of Emergency Services must complete the Civil Service Exam. The next exam date is in January of 2020.