• Vancouver, WA, USA
  • 28.32-39.84 per hour Step Increases, Shift Differential $0.75, Overtime Pay, see CBA for other details
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, Public Employee Retirement System, 457 Deferred Comp, Sick (4hrs/mo) & PTO (14hr/mo). We do not contribute to Social Security.

cresa is seeking to hire lateral LAW ENFORCEMENT (pOLICE) AND FIRE dispatchers

911 Communications Dispatchers at CRESA dispatch police, fire and medical services. CRESA dispatcher must all perform 911 Call Taking essential job functions. Must be available to work all days, all shifts and overtime. Schedule is rotating 4 days on 4 days off, 24hr schedule, and overtime is common.


  • Must have successfully passed training and probation for Dispatching for Police or Fire plus have 2 years on the job experience at an agency/PSAP within the United States.
  • Must have knowledge and abilities of a fully trained non probationary Dispatcher. See below Knowledge and Abilities sections.
  • Must be at least 18 years or older
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States
  • Excellent computer skills, knowledge and experience (ability to monitor 4+ computer screens)
  • Proven critical thinking skills, accurate data entry, prioritization of public safety and dependability
  • Ability to memorize and recall details, codes and procedures
  • Ability to work all days and hours, and overtime as needed


  • Dispatch police, fire and medical services
  • Make fast decisions regarding which resources and personnel to dispatch based on the information at hand
  • Monitor rapidly changing data to ensure first responder safety and swift, accurate dispatch of information
  • Memorize and recall complex codes and protocol, based on policy and individual user agency protocol
  • Maintain calm and controlled demeanor over the radio
  • Assess and appropriately respond to a caller's emotional state
  • Evaluate and prioritize calls based on urgency
  • Determine the correct jurisdiction, equipment and personnel to be dispatched
  • Dispatch appropriate law, fire or emergency personnel and equipment
  • Respond to requests from emergency response personnel


  • Answer and process 911 calls for police, fire and medical.
  • Answer 311 calls for service of routine, and non-emergent requests from citizens and user agencies
  • Pay strict attention to detail and respond correctly in life-threatening and safety situations
  • Develop and keep positive working relationships
  • Learn and use geography knowledge correctly
  • Hear and understand information spoken by phone, two-way radio or in person
  • Speak clearly and concisely by phone, two-way radio or in person
  • Speak and understand English fluently
  • Read and understand information in any format: electronic, printed, or handwritten
  • Stretch, reach and lift objects up to 5 pounds
  • Work regular work shifts of 10.25 hours
  • Work any assigned shift: days, swing, graveyards
  • Work holidays, weekends, as assigned
  • Work overtime as required even on short notice
  • Report to work on time even during inclement weather or other adverse circumstances
  • Memorize codes, procedures, and other data
  • Perform work quickly and accurately
  • Problem-solve, think critically and make good decisions quickly and independently
  • Accept frequent constructive criticism and correction without becoming defensive
  • Be resilient in difficult situations
  • Recover from mistakes quickly and keep working
  • Have reliable and predictable work attendance
  • Operate two-way radios and any other communications equipment
  • Perform extensive computer data entry
  • Follow complex and detailed instructions
  • Prioritize and multi-task in a busy, loud, stressful open work setting
  • Operate computers and computer programs
  • Handle and process incoming and outgoing emergency and non-emergency phone calls
  • Communicate professionally and effectively regardless of situation
  • Work assigned overtime as needed

Knowledge of:

  • Current techniques, policies and procedures of public safety calltaking and dispatching
  • Agency computer systems and programs including computer aided dispatch (CAD), enhanced 911 (ANI/ALI), and automatic vehicle location (AVL) programs
  • Clark County geography, including locations and boundaries of all cities and townships; location of all major highways, streets and key buildings and landmarks; and addressing systems (i.e. streets, avenues, odd/even addresses, etc.) used for each jurisdiction
  • Type of information that is allowed to be broadcast over Federal Communications
  • Commission (FCC) radio systems
  • Proper notification for equipment failures or after hour call outs for radio, computer or phone problems

Ability to:

  • Perform extensive data entry and data retrieval from visual and/or audio sources.
  • Understand and execute complex oral and written instructions
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal communication skills for public safety call taking and dispatching
  • React quickly and correctly to emergency situations, and adopt effective course of action
  • Correctly apply detailed procedures and policies both in structured situations, such as emergency medical dispatch (EMD), and in non-routine situations that require independent judgment, critical thinking and application of complex and varied procedures and policies, such as law enforcement dispatching.
  • Learn, retain and use knowledge of Clark County geography in the course of work
  • Operate computerized equipment including computer aided dispatch (CAD), enhanced
  • 911 (ANI/ALI), and automatic vehicle location (AVL) programs
  • Dispatch public safety personnel and equipment safely, quickly and efficiently
  • Perform call taking and dispatching work by phone, radio and using other standard communications center equipment
  • Assess callers' emotional state; respond correctly to emergency and routine situations
  • Prioritize calls based on urgency

***See full job description for all details


  • Application Screening
  • CRESA 911 Call Taker Dispatcher recruitment and selection process orientation video
  • CritiCall Exam
  • Panel Interview
  • Dispatch Sitalong
  • Final Interview
  • Eligible List/Ranking
  • Background Investigation
  • Conditional Offer contingent on Medical Exam, Drug Scree, Psychological Evaluation and Criminal Fingerprinting
  • Final confirmation of hire date and starting training and probation
  • Reapplication Process- Applicants removed or withdrawn from the recruitment are eligible to reapply during any future recruitment, unless
    1. Applicant withdraws during, fails or is removed from Background Investigation, Post-Offer processes or Training / Probation. (Ineligible to reapply in future);
    2. Applicant takes and fails CritiCall examination three (3) separate times (3 year suspension);
    3. Applicant participates in and fails Panel Interview three (3) times will be subject to 3 year suspension of applying. If participant fails Panel Interview four (4) times they will be ineligible to reapply;
    4. Applicant participates in and fails Final Interview subject to 3 year suspension of applying. If participant failed Final Interview two (2) times they will be ineligible to reapply;
    5. Exceptions to this policy will be made at the Director's discretion

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