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Job Specification



 Under direction receives and responds to telephone or other electronic requests for
 emergency assistance, including law enforcement, fire, medical, or other emergency 
 services and/or dispatches appropriate units to response sites; does related work 
 as required. 

NOTE :The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes
 only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this 
 job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed. 

NOTE:  Appointments may be made to positions requiring bilingual skills.

06251- Bilingual in Spanish and English. 
Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in 
Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. 


Receives telephone or other electronic requests for emergency assistance. 

Determines the nature of the call and may transfer caller to appropriate PSDP
upon determining the nature of the call. 

Obtains, verifies, and records the location of the emergency, the name of the 
caller, the nature, severity, and current status of the emergency, and obtains any 
other appropriate information needed to secure a full assessment of the 

Operates automatic number identification (ANI), automatic location information 
(ALI), telecommunications devices for the deaf (TTY/TDD) or other electronic 
devices to obtain and verify required data; may be required to access foreign 
language interpreter service for non-English speaking callers.

Maintains a reassuring and calming manner with callers in order to obtain 
required information; persuades emergency callers to stay on the line.

In response to medical emergencies, provides first aid or CPR instructions to 
stabilize the medical condition of persons until the arrival of professional
medical assistance.

In non-medical emergencies, provides precautionary instructions and advice to 
help assure the personal safety of persons and/or to minimize the loss of
property, pending the arrival of fire, police, or other assistance. 

Refers non-emergency situations to other appropriate public or private agencies, 
and may dispatch non-emergency personnel or equipment. 

Relays information or instructions to field units via radio or mobile data terminal.

Utilizes video display terminal or computer oriented or radio equipment to receive,
monitor, record, summarize, and/or transmit data relating to the emergency. 

Determines the appropriate type of agency(ies) to respond to the specific 
emergency or call for assistance. 

Utilizes radio, telephone, computerized, or other electronic equipment to dispatch 
specific law enforcement, fire, or medical assistance units to the scene of an 
emergency based on pre-established response plans, and seeks guidance from 
supervisory personnel when circumstances warrant significant deviation from 
pre-established response plans.

May assist in locating or contacting individuals needed to staff the response. 

As instructed, coordinates the dispatching of units involving two or more 
government jurisdictions.

Maintains and facilitates communication  with responding units by receiving and 
relaying information, including confidential information, to authorized personnel.

Detects and takes alternative/corrective action when communication system or 
program errors occur and reports malfunctions in accord with established 

Maintains a constant update on the status of emergency units in the field and of 
on-call personnel. 

May make entries, inquiries, cancellations, and modifications of records in 
various systems and databases such as the National Crime Information Center
(NCIC) and State Crime Information Center (SCIC), Stolen Vehicle File, Stolen 
License Plate File, Stolen-Missing Gun File, Stolen Article File, Wanted Person 
File, Stolen or embezzled or Counterfeited or Missing Securities File, Stolen Boat 
File, Hazardous material databases, and hospital status files.

Answers questions about application of regulations or policies. 

Receives and answers telephone,
radio, and video display inquiries of the NCIC and the SCIC
for law enforcement agencies of the state.

Maintains and updates NCIC, SCIC, and other records and files. 

Maintains the official station record and/or maintains a daily log 
of all incoming and outgoing communications.

Activates emergency alert systems,such as bells, sirens, beepers,
and tone activated devices.

May inspect fire alarm and circuit indicator panels to ascertain 
whether or not they are functioning properly.

Assists in the training of trainees.

Prepares reports and statistical data. 

Inspects and makes minor adjustments or very minor repairs to 
communications and related equipment.

Will be required to learn utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recordingand computerized information systems used
by the agency, office, or related units.

One (1) year of experience in work involving the receiving, transmitting,
and relaying of video display and/or radio messages, and in the
receiving, relaying,and recording of complaints and requests for 
emergency assistance, which shall have included the use of video
display, data processing, automatic number identification, automatic location
identification, switching equipment, or other computer oriented-equipment.    

NOTE: Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) means the
first point of reception of a 9-1-1 call. Public Safety Dispatch Points (PSDP)
means a location which provides dispatchservices for one or more public
safety agencies. Appointees to positions at Public Safety Answering Points
and at somePublic Safety Dispatch Points must have achieved training
and certification by the Office of Emergency Telecommunications
Services (OETS) in the Department of Law and Public Safety as required
by NJAC 17:24-2.2. 

Appointees will be required to posse a driver's license valid in New Jersey
only if the operationof a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary
to perform the essential duties of the position.                  


Knowledge of methods for operating communications systems.

Knowledge of procedures used for emergency medical treatment. 
Knowledge of information required for documenting emergency situations and calls. 
Knowledge of emergency medical, fire, police, and other emergency terminology.                    

Knowledge of the functions of the operating units or departments
within the agency or jurisdiction. 
Knowledge of procedures for dispatching emergency and nonemergency
equipment and personnel. 
Knowledge of organizational lines of communication. 
Knowledge of the types, disadvantages, and advantages of available
communication systems. 
Knowledge of security procedures involved in the dissemination of information. 
Knowledge of emergency management procedures.
Knowledge of established safety procedures and guidelines. 
Knowledge of the geography and street locations of the community served. 
Knowledge of procedures for investigating and resolving complaints.
Ability to operate automatic location identification (ALI), automatic number
identification (ANI), and other communications equipment in a complex
communications program. 
Ability to learn the purpose and operation of various law enforcement and
other information systems and the Statewide 9-1-1Enhanced Emergency
Telephone System. 
Ability to answer voice and TTY/TTD(telecommunications devices for the deaf)
telephone calls received from the public. 
Ability to operate a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.
Ability to provide clear instructions and guidance to callers in emergency situations. 
Ability to establish goals and set priorities. 
Ability to relay instructions or questions accurately and clearly. 
Ability to comprehend, interpret,and evaluate relevant information from
various types of source materials. 
Ability to obtain and analyze facts to reach logical conclusions. 
Ability to read and discern visual images on a variety of media. 
Ability to apply existing call codes to emergency situations. 
Ability to organize assigned communications work and develop
appropriate work methods in accordance with established procedures. 
Ability to obtain information from physically or emotionally distressed individuals. 
Ability to interact with people who are in differing situations. 
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
Ability to take accurate and complete messages.                     

Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written instructions.                     

Ability to decode call locations using appropriate equipment.                    

Ability to recognize incorrectly transmitted messages, codes, or error input. 
Ability to prepare reports and statistical data and to keep accurate records.                    

Ability to count and to add and subtract whole numbers.                     

Ability to speak clearly, concisely and in a professional manner.                    

Ability to comprehend and apply basic law and regulations, including the
laws, rules, regulations,standards, policies, and procedures of the Federal
Communications Commission and of the New Jersey State Office of Emergency
Telecommunications Services. 
Ability to ensure that calls are sent accurately and promptly. 
Ability to maintain the confidentiality of information received.

Ability to make entries to the NCIC and SCIC and maintain those records in current condition.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording
and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.    

Ability to read, write, speak. understand, or communicate in English sufficiently
to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille
may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can
perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation
is made to their known limitations. If the accommodatio cannot be made because
it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
Local or
Class of
01296@LC N/A04-
06251Bilingual In Spanish And EnglishLC N/A04-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.