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Public Safety Dispatcher

  • Job ID: 725216363
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Rotating
  • Facility: Corporate Public Safety
  • Department: AHS BDF Public Safety
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $14.71 to $22.47 / hour

Description

Purpose:
Responsible for the multiple monitoring and communications functions for the Public Safety and Facilities/Maintenance departments. Handles the facility work order system and related functions. Receives work order requests, issues work orders, monitors systems, and alarms, receives telephone and radio calls, and dispatches staff to routine and emergency situations.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide clerical duties for Operations Center-related activities including preparing purchase orders, manual typing, word processing, filing, and telephone answering as required.
  • Under the direction of appropriate managers and supervisors schedules the work of outside service companies, i.e., elevators, utility companies, city water authority, etc. Prepare service outage announcements as required and distributes to all affected parties.
  • Responsible for monitoring and administration of the access control system. Enter and manipulate data and program employee access cards as appropriate.
  • Ensure patient safety by monitoring and initiating responses to building alarm systems including the pneumatic tube system, Johnson Control automated temperature control system, access control, security and panic alarms, Simplex fire alarm system, and other alarms.
  • Monitor all CCTV locations and rotate VCR tapes as indicated. Report malfunctioning cameras obscured views, etc. Notice activity on the monitors and dispatch appropriate Facilities/HSS personnel to respond to a location.
  • Receive calls for service and dispatch appropriate personnel to respond. Calls or alarms may originate by telephone call, personal request, radio or automated system, or Operations Center dispatchers may observe activity on the CCTV monitors which requires intervention.
  • Maintain written logs for all calls and operations center activities as needed including calls received and dispatched, safe transactions, VCR tape, fire system, etc.
  • Operate facilities' work order system including receiving and opening ON DEMAND work orders, preventive maintenance work orders, work order closing, and work order reporting.
  • Compile, copy and distribute maintenance and construction announcements to designated department representatives and outside contractors.

 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent required and 2 years of experience in one of the following required: Public Safety, Security, EMS, Maintenance and/or Utility Services OR 
  • Associate's Degree in a related area.
  • Previous dispatching experience preferred.
  • Microsoft Office experience preferred.
  • Problem-solving skills necessary to balance multiple duties and effectively assign priorities.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple communications functions and adjust to immediate needs (i.e., manage radio dispatch, telephone, and alarm notification and monitor CCTV as it relates to the particular incident.)
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a wide range of physicians, administrators, directors, staff, and families.
  • Ability to effectively interpret and communicate via telephone and radio calls.
  • Ability to adjust from the tedium of viewing multiple CCTV locations to demands of an emergency.
  • Capability of dealing with the inherent stress of the environment.
  • Ability to function as a resource for Hospital staff and provide excellent customer service.
  • Computer skills in both DOS and WINDOWS environments.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Public Safety Telecommunicator (APCO) within 1 year of hire.
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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