Fort Worth police put out the call for new 911 operators

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

FORT WORTH -- Fort Worth police are putting out the call for 911 operators.

The department will hold a job fair Saturday morning for public safety communicators.

It can be a stressful job.

"People crying, screaming in a time of duress,” said communications assistant manager Damon Gardner. “It takes a special type of person to do that work."

The Fort Worth Police Department is looking for that type of person; 10 or 15 of them, in fact, to start taking emergency calls as soon as they can be trained.

The 120 or so current operators are working overtime to keep up. Police say numbers are down due to attrition and promotions.

Starting pay is about $15 dollars per hour. New hires would have to work the second or third shifts. It's a 24/7 job with opportunities to move up.

“You get good benefits, and satisfaction of knowing you are giving back to the community. This is a service job,” Gardner said. “People do it because they want to help."

No experience is required. The job fair is Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. until noon at the James Service Center, 5021 James Avenue, Fort Worth.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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