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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  Work involves responsibility for overseeing activities of an emergency services (fire, rescue and ambulance, law enforcement, child protection services, disaster preparedness, etc.) dispatching center. Duties include dispatching emergency services, training staff, monitoring maintenance of files, rosters and databases, quality assurance relative to orders, warrants, etc., and related clerical work and recordkeeping. Additional responsibilities include ensuring that all dispatchers and dispatch center activities comply with any applicable policies, rules, and regulations. Work is performed under direct supervision of higher-level staff. While supervision may be exercised over subordinate dispatching staff, incumbents participate fully in the work of the dispatch center. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:          (Illustrative only)

  • Provides supervision of dispatchers during assigned shifts;
  • Oversees Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement program by reviewing dispatch calls (phone, radio, CAD entries) and providing feedback to applicable dispatcher;
  • Ensures that the Dispatch Center complies with all rules and regulations regarding 911 dispatch;
  • Reviews and checks Sheriff’s Department or Emergency Services 911 phone equipment, servers, CAD software & radio equipment daily;
  • Dispatches police/sheriff units and/or appropriate emergency services units to incidents within Putnam County;
  • Operates telephone communications equipment and inputs data into computer aided dispatch systems utilizing a computer terminal keyboard;
  • Maintains contact with units in the field to aid in the proper handling of calls;
  • Queries the caller in a calm, systematic manner to determine the seriousness and nature of the situation, the location, the services needed, and other information necessary to evaluate the situation;
  • Gives instructions to callers and provides emergency medical instructions to callers using standard accepted medical guidelines;
  • Provides ANI/ALI discrepancies to 911 coordinator for immediate correction;
  • Provides supervisors and/or appropriate higher-level personnel with daily equipment status;
  • Acts a liaison between the dispatch center and the public, police, fire and EMS agencies;
  • Utilizes computerized databases to access and record data and information;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICSThorough knowledge of the operation of computer, radio and telephone equipment and emergency services terminology; thorough knowledge of the geography of the County; thorough knowledge of the various emergency services mutual aid plans in force in Putnam County; ability to control telephone communications with distraught, confused callers through calm, carefully directed interrogation to obtain all pertinent information regarding the request for service; ability to transmit messages orally with good diction and a clear speaking voice; ability to quickly and accurately enter orally transmitted data utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to use good judgment, tact and courtesy in talking with the public and in responding to requests for fire, rescue, emergency medical, law enforcement or disaster preparedness services; ability to follow oral and written instructions which pertain to job assignment and methods of performance; ability to use various office and clerical equipment; ability to perform routine clerical tasks such as making written entries on simple records such as logs or lists, filing written records; ability to write legibly, prepare reports and maintain records; integrity; tact and courtesy.


  1. Associates degree or higher in Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services Management, Fire Protection Technology, or closely related field and two (2) years of experience as a dispatcher in a police or sheriff’s agency, or emergency services organization; or
  2. Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma and four (4) years of experience as a dispatcher in a police or sheriff’s agency, or emergency services organization; or
  3. An equivalent combination of experience as defined by the limits of a) and b) above.

PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.


5/08; 7/08; 1/09; 8/21

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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