In my favourite exemplar Localist town of Vail in Colorado, the Fire Service is also on the agenda. Vail has two fire stations with seven appliances between them (plus two fire cars - one each for the station commanders). The Fire Service also provides Emergency Medical Assistance in the US, rather than a separate Ambulance Service. Vail also has its own police service, with 31 police officers and 32 support staff. The town's emergency services are paid for from local taxes, mainly a sales tax, and commercial charges. Because there's a direct link between the wallets and purses of Vail's townspeople and the pay packets of the police and firefighters, the services provide good value and are responsive directly to the needs of the town rather than to distant political posturing in Washington DC. They also have their own very local control centre, just for the town area, which is currently advertising for a new controller. The job description alone tells one more about how services can be managed and funded locally than a whole ream of Cameroonian drivel;
Ensures community safety through effective communications duties via phone and radio systems in support of county-wide Police, Fire, and EMS agencies. Dispatch duties include, but are not limited to receiving and analyzing 911 calls as well as non-emergent and TTY phone calls for Police, Fire, and EMS service; performing Emergency Medical Dispatch when appropriate; operating and utilizing the Computer Aided Dispatch Computer System (CAD) throughout all calls for service; distributing calls for service via the 800 MHz radio system; receiving and monitoring alarms throughout Eagle County; performing various requests on the CCIC/NCIC system including warrant entries; responsible for updating the media broadcast information on road conditions; initiating the Emergency Alert System when needed; training new dispatchers; and being responsible for individual projects.
Excellent verbal communications skills necessary. Computer skills helpful and typing skills necessary. Multi tasked oriented essential. Polygraph, typing and spelling tests required. Rotation through varied shifts. Holidays and week-ends are often required.
The Town of Vail offers an excellent benefits and compensation package, including health/dental coverage, town-funded retirement, 457 pre-tax savings plan, ski, tennis, and golf passes and other wellness benefits. Employee housing may be available.
Salary Range: Starting - $20.19/hour