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Fire Telecommunicator II

Company: City Of Stockton, CA
Location: Stockton
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

DEFINITION

OPEN/PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY

MONTHLY SALARY RANGE:

$4,608.09 - $4,844.52 - $5,092.77 - $5,352.84 - $5,627.11 - $5,915.56

FLSASTATUS: Non-Exempt

TENTATIVE EXAM DATE: TBD (Candidates must appear in person for the examination)

The City of Stockton will be following COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of our attendees and staff. We will be enforcing social distancing throughout the examination process. If you are sick having any symptoms, please do not attend the examination.

TYPING CERTIFICATE SUBMISSION DEADLINE:5 days from submitting online application.

Due to COVID-19, the City of Stockton is making a temporary exception to our policy regarding online typing certificates. Please refer to the supplemental questions regarding this exception

The City of Stockton Fire Department is currently seeking to establish an eligible list to fill future vacancies for the Fire Telecommunicator II position. The vision of the Stockton Fire Department is "community service with excellence." The Stockton Regional Fire and Emergency Medical Dispatch Center provides fire dispatch services to the cities of Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority, and the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District. The Center dispatches to a population exceeding 600,000 people in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. The Stockton Fire Emergency Communication Dispatch Center is an accredited Center of Excellence as recognized by the International Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch. Stockton Fire Telecommunicators work a 24-hour rotational shift (on 1 day, off 1 day, on 1 day, off 1 day, on 1 day, off 4 days).

Incumbents in this position are included in the Civil Service System and are in a "for cause" employment status represented by the Stockton City Employees Association Bargaining Unit. (Classified/Represented).

This recruitment is being conducted as an Open/Promotional recruitment. Current full-time regular status (at time of application) City of Stockton employees may apply for this position as a promotional opportunity and successful candidates will be placed on a promotional list. All other candidates may apply for this position as an open competitive opportunity, and successful candidates will be placed on an open list. The appointing authority will have the option of requesting names from the promotional list, the open list, or a combination of both.

This list may be used to fill future vacancies.

Prior to appointment, eligible candidates will be required to submit to and successfully pass a medical examination which includes a back evaluation, drug screen, and background investigation which includes fingerprinting.

This is NOT an entry-level dispatch position. It requires public safety dispatch experience, appropriate certificates, and a typing certificate.

Under general supervision, receives telephone calls for emergency and non-emergency fire, medical and related services and dispatches fire department resources, private ambulance units, and personnel. Performs related work as assigned.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Fire Telecommunicator II is the experienced class in this series, competent to perform varied emergency and non-emergency telephone and radio communications and dispatching duties assigned. Assists the Telecommunications Supervisor with management-related projects as assigned and performs as the primary trainer for new employees. May act as the Telecommunications Supervisor on a relief basis. This class is distinguished from the Telecommunications Supervisor which is responsible for the continuous functioning of the Emergency Communication Center during a shift.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES (Illustrative Only)

  • Receives and evaluates incoming calls from the public as well as public agencies for routine and emergency medical and fire incidents.
  • Enters information received in the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, logs incident information and completes required forms.
  • Dispatches fire suppression apparatus and personnel to fire and medical emergencies; maintains radio communications and assists with further dispatches or supplies requested information.
  • Operates multi-channel radio systems, monitors multiple radio channels simultaneously.
  • Assists callers in methods of handling medical emergencies prior to the arrival of dispatched emergency personnel using established Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) protocols.
  • Receives incoming calls for public works and utilities after normal business hours and on weekends; notifies appropriate public works and utilities personnel of calls for service.
  • Prepares and/or types reports and records.
  • Assists with related projects as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience:

Possession of a high school diploma or GED; AND two years of recent (within the last five years) experience in fire or public safety dispatching.

Typing Certificate:

Applicants must submit a dated copy of a valid Typing Proficiency Certificate, two years old or less, for at least 35 NET words per minute no later than 5 days from submitting online application.

Typing certificates may be submitted via one of the following:

  • Electronically attach a scanned copy to your application (preferred method); or
  • Email to anne.simpson@stocktonca.gov

The Typing Proficiency Certificate must specify the following:

  • Applicants full name printed on certificate;

  • 5-minute timed evaluation (only 5-minute tests will be accepted);

  • Minimum of 35 NET words per minute;

  • Number of typing errors or accuracy rate;

  • Date of exam (must be 2 years old or less); and

  • Certificate on agency letterhead (if completed online, must list name of online testing agency and website)

For more information on typing certificates from acceptable local agencies, click "Typing Certificate Agencies"

Other Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid CPR card (American Heart Association BLS-C or equivalent).
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid International Academy of Emergency DispatchEMD certification within six (6) months of appointment.
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid Emergency Medical Services Dispatcher Accreditation from San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency within six (6) months of appointment. Continuous accreditation is required as a condition of continued employment with the City of Stockton. Failure to comply with San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency regulations pertaining to EMS Dispatcher Accreditation may result in termination of employment.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation and a California Department of Justice fingerprint clearance.

Note: The level and scope of knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Class Characteristics.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic terminology used in fire and related emergency radio and telephone communications;
  • Basic medical terminology;
  • Operation of communications equipment, including telephone, radio, computer and related systems;
  • Basic record keeping principles and practices; and
  • The geography and major arteries within the cities of San Joaquin County.

Skill in:

  • Memorizing codes, names, locations and other detailed information;
  • Assessing and prioritizing emergency situations;
  • Attending to multiple activities and sources of input simultaneously;
  • Obtaining information from individuals in emergency situations, including those who are emotionally distraught, angry or difficult to understand;
  • Remaining calm and making rapid and sound independent judgments in stressful emergency situations;
  • Communicating tactfully and effectively with public, public safety personnel and others;
  • Operating complex radio and telephone systems;
  • Operating computer keyboards and related equipment and typing at a speed of 35 net words per minute;
  • Following oral and written instructions;
  • Reading and interpreting geographic information;
  • Performing routine clerical and record keeping duties;
  • Active listening on the telephone and radio with accurate comprehension; and
  • Multi-tasking competing priorities.

Ability to:

  • Learn City and Fire Department dispatching codes, policies, and procedures;
  • Effectively work under emergency conditions;
  • Make quick and appropriate determinations;
  • Maintain accurate records;
  • Handle simultaneous calls; and
  • Remain courteous and calm while interacting with the public.

Mental/Physical Requirements

  • Mobility- constant use of keyboard; constant sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, squatting, and kneeling;
  • Lifting- occasionally up to 25 pounds;
  • Vision- constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision;
  • Dexterity- constant repetitive motion; frequent use of computer keyboard; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching;
  • Hearing/Talking- constant hearing and talking, in person and on the phone or other communication devices; ability to understand what people are saying in normal conversation and over noise;
  • Emotional/Psychological- frequent decision making and concentration often in stressful situations; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone;
  • Environmental-primarily performed in an office environment; frequent exposure to noise; and
  • Special Requirements - must be willing to work twenty-four hour fire service shifts and work mandatory overtime shifts when necessary. Shift schedule will include nights, weekends and holidays.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirement of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible.

The Examination:

Qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the examination process, which may include a rating of training and experience, weighted 100%. To achieve a place on the eligible list, candidates must receive a minimum passing score of 70%. The City reserves the right to utilize alternative testing methods if deemed necessary. In the event of identical ratings, names will be arranged in the order of application date and time, and, if the same, then arranged alphabetically.

ALL APPLICATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRES MUST BE COMPLETED FULLY AND SUBMITTED ON AN OFFICIAL CITY OF STOCKTON APPLICATION FORM. LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL BE REJECTED AND CANNOT BE REVISED AFTER SUBMITTAL ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE. THE REQUIRED TYPING CERTIFICATE MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE STATED DEADLINE. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THIS CERTIFICATE BY THE DEADLINE WILL RESULT IN REJECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION. POSTMARKS, FACSIMILES, AND PHOTOCOPIES OF THE CITY'S EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. RESUMS ARE WELCOMED BUT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT STATE "REFER TO RESUME".

The information in this announcement concerning the terms and conditions of employment does not constitute either an express or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

NOTE:

  • After on-line submittal, immediate notification will appear on your screen indicating yourapplicationhas been received. Please print this notice as proof of filing.
  • Notices and correspondence will be sent via email only. No paper notices will be mailed to applicants. It is the applicant'sresponsibilityto ensure a correct emailaddressis provided and that correspondence is being received.
  • NeoGov.com: You will receive correspondence via the email address you placed on your application. Some email accounts have been known to place these e-mails in the spam/junk folder. Please check your email folders or accept e-mails ending with neogov.com.

In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et seq., all City of Stockton employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.

The City of Stockton requires employees in this position to reasonably respond to emergencies at all times. Employees will be required to maintain primary residence within 45 minutes of City Hall in order to timely respond to emergencies and meet the health, safety, and welfare needs of the City. New employees have up to three (3) months from date of hire to comply with the requirement. Any interested candidates must be willing to adhere to this requirement throughout the duration of employment.

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