Become a Dispatcher

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Our team is:

  • Connected
    • Part of the Team with EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement
    • Team Work Environment
  • Committed
    • Safety of the community and the agencies we serve
  • Creative Thinkers 
    • Energetic place where each day is never the same
    • On-the-job training and ongoing education 


The Grand Forks PSAP is:

  • An advancing Communication Center
  • Using technology and innovative dispatching methods
  • Creating an enjoyable work environment
  • Filled with persons of strong character and drive toward achieving our mission goal.


What it's like to be a dispatcher:

  • Fast paced rewarding career
  • Exciting career as the primary link between people who call for help and the help they seek
  • Each day is an adventure- no 2 days are alike
  • No one can predict what the next phone call will bring
  • Handling a variety of challenges we face require special people with special skills


What we do:

  • Vital link between the public and the public safety agencies we serve
  • We are relied on to remain calm and ask appropriate questions to get assistance to the caller and keep our agencies safe in the process
  • We are a voice of reason in times of high stress and devastating circumstances
  • We work 24/7, 365 days a year, Holidays, Weekends and Birthdays
  • We expect the unexpected


What Qualities Make a Good Dispatcher?

  • Remaining calm during stressful situations
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks
  • TEAM Player
  • Respect and confidentiality
  • Multi-tasking
  • Problem solving
  • Professionalism and customer service oriented



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Be able to work in team environment
  • Basic computer and typing skills necessary for successful job performance
  • Ability to learn modern radio communication and dispatch methods
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks under stressful situations


What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Great Benefits
  • A team work atmosphere that fosters respect, integrity, and fun
  • State of the art technology
  • A generous training program
  • Continued education



  • New dispatchers
  • We have an intense 4-6 month training program
  • Broken down into 4 Phases
  • Progressive Training with Remedial if needed


Continuing Education:

  • Dispatchers are given opportunities throughout the year for training in all areas of emergency services
  • Cross-training throughout the center is utilized so all dispatchers have well rounded knowledge of our systems
  • All dispatchers maintain licensing requirements including CPR and EMD