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Publish Date: 9/5/2005

Longmont dispatch adds four


LONGMONT — Bill Scott spells relief with 334 job applicants.

Granted, only four made the cut through the grueling application process to become a Longmont police and fire dispatcher. But that is enough for now, said Scott, the city’s manager of emergency communications.

With a full staff, Longmont would have 16 dispatchers to cover an operation that runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In June, the department had 10 dispatchers on the job, with an 11th in training. Scott said he now has four new hires: One is training at the dispatching console, and three are preparing to start their training.

Most applicants were knocked out of consideration in the first round of tests. Scott said only a third of applicants typically get past the first round. This time, only 13 percent made it through.

“It is a very rigorous process,” he said. “We are getting a lot of people who are just applying for jobs.”

The application process for Longmont dispatchers — who earn between $34,932 and $48,912 a year — includes an initial skills test, an oral board, an integrity interview, a job-suitability assessment, a background check, and polygraph, drug and hearing tests.

Scott said one of his dispatchers is leaving to move to another state, which will open yet another post. However, he said he is happy with the new hires, who will help to relieve stress on those who have been picking up extra shifts to make up for the vacancies.

“We’ve got four; we’re happy we got four people. So that’s pretty good,” he said.

Pierrette J. Shields can be reached at 303-684-5273, or by e-mail at pshields@times-call.com.

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