Dispatchers needed as first responder agencies grow

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- The City of Grand Junction is working to put a public safety tax on your April ballot.

The proposed sales tax increase would increase the number of both police officers and firefighters on the streets, but as Grand Junction adds first responders, they need to add dispatchers too.

"As our user agencies add additional officers or deputies, the need for dispatchers is evident as well,” Sarah Arrants, administrative supervisor for the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center, said.

The communication center is hiring seven dispatchers right now -- that’s before the possible public safety tax increase, which budgets for eight more.

But it’s not just numbers they need, they’re looking to specialize their dispatchers too. That means dispatchers would focus on fire services or police services, instead of both.

"That will make the training shorter and it will make the dispatchers a better dispatcher,” Arrants said. “They will know who's on the other end of the radio better, they will be more up to date with our policies and procedures for that agency."

The job pays anywhere from $18.73 to $20.67 per hour.

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