Emergency Communications Officer jobs in the United States

Communications Officer - Dispatch Lateral
  • Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC)
  • Spokane, WA FULL_TIME

  • ***This posting is for applicants with current Call Receiver/Dispatch experience. If you do not have current experience, please apply under the Communication Officer entry level posting. ***

    We’re hiring lateral Communications Officers in Dispatch. If you have at least 2 years’ experience in a similar sized integrated center, we encourage you to check out SREC and living in Spokane, WA.

    As you know, this is an incredibly demanding and highly rewarding career that allows you to help others every single day. We’re interested in candidates that can embrace technology, are positive, have a first responder mindset, and are flexible. You’ll also need to be reliable and have the grit and tenacity to perform consistently in the job, demonstrating a high level of mental and emotional stability.  

    If this sounds like you, we’d love to have you apply. See the full job description below:


    FLSA non-exempt position that provides a critical link in the delivery of public safety service, being the first and most important contact with the citizen needing help.  The Communications Officer must develop a timely, rapid, and accurate sense of call interpretation and decision-making/problem solving skills during stressful situations. This position must remain calm, showing empathy, conveying reassurance, and instilling confidence in the caller that the proper response to their needs will result. The employee is required to deal with sensitive information in a discreet and professional manner.

    This position responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service by dispatching appropriate public safety unit(s) and monitoring their status.  The lateral communication officer maintains contact with all Fire/Police/EMS agencies to ensure their status is always reflected accurately and quickly answers all radio transmissions.  The lateral communication officer works closely other communication officers in fire/law/911 to ensure essential information is gathered in a timely manner and always reflected accurately. Communications Officers are trained to successfully dispatch for the Law Enforcement discipline or the Fire discipline.

    This position is responsible for time sensitive work involved in the transmission of radio and telephone messages and requests for police and fire services. Communications Officers must deal with sensitive information in a discreet and professional manner.  The CO II is involved in dispatching police or fire/EMS response units in accordance with the location and nature of the call for assistance.  Communications Officers operate two-way radios and state-of-the-art computer aided dispatch (CAD) terminals in receiving and transmitting calls.  Work is performed within prescribed rules and regulations and in adherence to appropriate Service Level Agreements (SLA’s).

    • Answers emergency and non-emergency calls for service, simultaneously enters this information into the computer using a CAD System and continues to enter updates in a timely manner.
    • Ability to accurately complete a variety of reports in a timely manner.
    • Calms, negotiates, advises and otherwise communicates with callers to obtain accurate and essential information necessary to establish priority and initiate a timely response to emergency calls.
    • Remains calm, shows empathy, conveys reassurance, and instills confidence in the caller through a demeanor that will result in proper response to their needs.
    • Determines the appropriate agency/agencies that should be notified.
    • Processes more than one call at a time.    
    • Assists other employees as necessary when not occupied with primary call answering duties.
    • Attends mandatory trainings and/or meetings as directed.
    • Performs additional duties as directed.
    • Is reliable, dependable and reports for work on a consistent and predictable basis.
    • Consistently thinks clearly and responds quickly in a wide variety of emergency situations.
    • Gathers, organizes, translates, and processes information from various emergency callers in an accurate and timely manner.
    • Accurately types 35 net words per minute while listening and conversing simultaneously.
    • Work shift work encompassing a 24-hour day, seven-day week; inclusive of odd hours, days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
    • Operates a TDD/TTY for hearing/speech impaired callers.
    • Ability to respond to text to 911 applications and operate other computer programs as necessary.
    • Ability to meet ACCESS/FBI/CJIS requirements, including maintaining a record free of felony convictions.
    • Ability to obtain Telecommunicator 1 Certification within six (6) months of completion of new hire training or as soon as available and recertification every two (2) years.
    • Obtains and relays accurate and essential information necessary to establish priority and initiate a timely response to emergency calls. Determines the appropriate response to an incident.
    • Relays updated information as received and accurately records it in a timely manner.
    • Ability to obtain Telecommunicator 2 Certification within eighteen (18) months of completion of new hire training or as soon as available, and recertification every two (2) years. 
    • Contacts are made both inside and outside the organization. 
    • Internal contacts frequently include the Communications Officers, Supervisory staff and Administrative personnel. 
    • External contacts may include Center customers, outside vendors, governmental personnel, applicants, and citizens.
    • This position is representative of the Center and therefore it is critical that all interactions are respectful and professional.
    • Interactions tend to focus on information exchange and the receiving and giving of procedural changes. 
    • Most external interactions are via telephone or electronic exchange.
    • Spokane regional service area, including streets and landmarks.
    • Map reading including knowledge of adjacent areas, directions of travel, hundred blocks and freeway access.
    • Condensing large amounts of information into readable, sensibly typed or verbal remarks in a timely manner and can recall numerous acronyms and codes essential to appropriate call processing.
    • Maintaining familiarity with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and appropriate manuals that provide thorough knowledge of SREC operations and procedures.
    • Operating a radio, computer and telephone system with essential peripherals and program applications.
    • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism regarding sensitive internal and external information.    
    • Speak the English language coherently and clearly, possessing an excellent vocabulary and verbally communicate effectively. Speaking another language in addition to English is beneficial but not a requirement.  Employees that are not certified in a language other than English will be required to use the language bank.
    • Work through complex technical tasks involving various public safety communications systems.
    • Interact effectively with people in a multi-cultural society under extremely stressful situations.
    • Record names and numbers rapidly and accurately.
    • Remember numerous details and quickly re-call essential information.
    • Work up to twelve (12) hours at a time (or longer if exigent circumstances exist), continuously wearing a communications headset, while still being able to hear and understand other outside sources to include conversations with large amount of internal and external background noise. Hear and react to multiple simultaneous sound and visual sources in a timely manner is critical.
    • Work as a “team” member, establish good working relationships and provide excellent internal and external customer service.
    • Work effectively in a disciplined environment with close supervision and carry out lawful orders regardless of personal agreement.
    • Ability to use independent judgement and discretion to make decisions.
    • High school diploma or equivalent. 
    • 18 years of age or older at time of hire.
    • Accurately types 35 net words per minute while listening and conversing simultaneously.
    • Two Years’ Experience as a Communications Officer in a similar sized integrated center.
    • Basic experience in computer terminal operation in a Microsoft Windows environment.
    • One year or more experience in the public safety field.
    • CPR/AED Certification.
    • Possession of or ability to obtain driver’s license valid in Washington within 30 days of hire date.
    • Successful completion of CJIS Background check.
    • A Central Computerized Enforcement Service System (ACCESS) certification upon employment.
    • Required to obtain and preserve CPR/AED Certification within six (6) months of employment.
    • Telecommunicator I and II Certification
    • Certification by International Academies of Emergency Dispatch – Emergency Medical Dispatch.
    • May be required to stay in the Center for the full scheduled shift.  Uninterrupted lunch and breaks are not guaranteed.
    • Position is extremely stressful, emotionally charged and plays a critical role in public safety service delivery.  Must take information from callers who may be excited, abusive, foulmouthed, incoherent, intoxicated or hysterical.
    • Work is performed in a low-light and confined environment.
    • The employee is subject to “call back” on short notice.
    • May be required to participate in Police/Fire/EMS ride-a-longs.
    • Report for and/or stay on duty for up to 4 hours before or after a shift.
    • Individual must sit or stand while observing a computer display screen for long, uninterrupted periods of time. Individual must have adequate hearing and visual acuity, including the ability to accurately distinguish colors, to operate successfully in this environment.
    • Must continually demonstrate a high level of mental and emotional stability. Individuals must be free from physical, sensory, or mental impairments that with or without reasonable accommodation would interrupt continuous performance of a shift lasting from eight to twelve hours.
    • Accurately type 35 net words per minute while listening and conversing simultaneously.
    • Ability to read and discern visual images on a variety of media, to include small liquid crystal displays offering very little brightness/darkness contrast, standard flat panel computer monitors, printed matter that has been reduced to less than normal size type, multi-colored indicator lights which have differing flash rates and color which indicate the status of electronic functions.
    • Ability to pass a hearing test in accordance with NENA hearing standards.

  • 2 Months Ago

Communications Officer (Entry Level/Lateral)
  • Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC)
  • Spokane, WA FULL_TIME
  • We are hiring entry-level Communications Officers for 911. This is an incredibly demanding and highly rewarding career that allows you to help others every single day. If you are adept with technology...
  • 13 Days Ago

Communications Officer/Disptacher
  • West Valley, UT FULL_TIME
  • Receives requests for police, fire and medical service by phone or other communication devices; questions caller to gather data concerning the authenticity, nature, and location of the incident and ca...
  • 18 Days Ago

Media and Communications Officer
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • Austin, TX FULL_TIME
  • Job TitleMedia and Communications Officer Agency Texas Division of Emergency Management Department Office of the Chief of Media, Communications, and Preparedness Proposed Minimum Salary$6,570.00 month...
  • 13 Days Ago

  • Wiregrass Emergency 911
  • Darien, GA OTHER
  • DEPARTMENT: WIREGRASS E911 REPORTS TO: COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING OFFICER JOB SUMMARY: During training period, observes and participates in the operations and monitoring of radio dispatch and telephone s...
  • 30 Days Ago

Emergency Communications 9-1-1 Call Taker
  • North Texas Emergency Communications Center
  • Carrollton, TX FULL_TIME
  • Summary of Duties: The Emergency Communications Call Taker (9-1-1 Call Taker) receives emergency/9-1-1, non-emergency, and administrative phone calls from citizens and processes requests for service f...
  • 15 Days Ago

Communications Officer, Digital Media, Global Communications and Engagement
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Washington, DC
  • Position Overview The Communications Officer, Digital Media will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the...
  • 6/23/2024 12:00:00 AM

Communications Associate
  • Washington, DC
  • Job Details Level Entry Job Location RFF - WASHINGTON, DC Position Type Full Time Education Level 4 Year Degree Salary R...
  • 6/23/2024 12:00:00 AM

Communications Associate
  • Rights and Resources Group
  • Washington, DC
  • The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global coalition of over 150 organizations dedicated to advancing the for...
  • 6/23/2024 12:00:00 AM

Communications Associate
  • National Housing Trust
  • Washington, DC
  • Job Description Job Description ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND National Housing Trust (NHT) has been dedicated to creating an...
  • 6/22/2024 12:00:00 AM

Communications Associate, Transportation
  • ICF International, Inc.
  • Reston, VA
  • @ ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients...
  • 6/22/2024 12:00:00 AM

Communications Agent
  • Marriott International
  • Washington, DC
  • Job Description POSITION SUMMARY Operate telephone switchboard station in order to answer telephone calls and monitor bu...
  • 6/20/2024 12:00:00 AM

Communications Associate
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
  • Washington, DC
  • Overview: Nelson Mullins is seeking a Communications Associate to join its Communications group in the Washington, DC of...
  • 6/20/2024 12:00:00 AM

Communications Associate Manager
  • REI Systems
  • Sterling, VA
  • Overview: At REI Systems, our work makes a difference in the lives of millions of people every day. We hire mission-orie...
  • 6/20/2024 12:00:00 AM

Income Estimation for Emergency Communications Officer jobs
$54,422 to $70,850