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South Sound 911 - 911 Communications & Dispatch
Last updated on September 27, 2022
PST Partner Agency since November 27, 2013
Testing Deadline: December 31, 2022.
South Sound 911 is continuously hiring for positions within our 911 communications division. If you are interested in being considered, please select us as an Agency to receive your testing scores. Please complete the Dispatcher Written Exam and your Personal History Statement (PHS) by the listed deadline to be considered for our next hiring class. After this deadline, testing scores will be considered for the following hiring class.
For more information, visit https://southsound911.org, or attend our next Recruiting Academy Informational Session on a future date TBD. Check our website and social media outlets for more information.
Our service area is geographically diverse and demanding. Pierce County is the second most populous county in Washington state and a hub of international travel and commerce – via the Port of Tacoma, the largest transportation corridor in the state (Interstate-5), Puget Sound, its proximity to the Canadian border, and its position as a Pacific Rim state. It is also a major part of the state’s military core with Joint Base Lewis-McChord located within the county.
Pierce County’s 1,790 square miles include a forested mountain range with the largest active volcano in the Pacific Northwest (Mount Rainier), several major earthquake faults, 217 miles of Puget Sound saltwater shorelines, and a 2,400-acre port facility.
South Sound 911 is recognized as an expert in building police and fire dispatch interoperability. The agency is now operating two 911 centers in Pierce County; together they answer approximately 900,000 emergency and non-emergency calls annually for 19 law enforcement and 18 fire/EMS agencies.
South Sound 911 currently employs approximately 240 personnel, many of whom work various shifts to provide 24-hour service for 911, dispatch, and records management.
# of Staff: 240
South Sound 911 - 911 Communications & Dispatch has 18 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is December 31, 2022.
South Sound 911 is continuously hiring for positions within our Communications divisions.
If you are interested in a career with South Sound 911, please select our agency to receive your testing scores.
Veterans - you may apply your education and training benefits toward the approved Communications Officer and Dispatcher On-the-Job training programs at South Sound 911.
Pay scale information:
911 Communications Officer (CO) – $32.01 - $38.90/hr
*Fire Dispatcher – $31.50 – $40.11/hr
*Law Enforcement Dispatcher – $35.30 – $42.90/hr
*not an entry -level position - must complete CO training prior to eligibility/consideration for this position
South Sound 911 provides excellent and comprehensive benefit plans for employees and their dependents, as well as participation in the state’s retirement system. Benefits include:
Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage, Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, Holidays, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, Retirement through WA Sate Department of Retirement Systems PERS 2 or PERS 3 plans, and Deferred Compensation Plan.
South Sound 911 - 911 Communications & Dispatch Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
The typing test is a critical component of your written test score and you are required to complete the online typing test before the day of your exam. You will be allowed four (4) attempts at the typing test every seven (7) days and are responsible for selecting the score that you want PST to forward to the agencies you have applied with.
35 WPM; 90% Accuracy
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||Eligible to work in the U.S.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||Reviewed and considered on a case by case basis|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Reviewed and considered on a case by case basis|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Must be able to communicate fluently in English.|
|Vision Requirements||Ability to see computer monitor, depth perception, color vision.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
|Request/Access Scores||On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur|
|Dispatch Typing Test||35 WPM; 90% Accuracy|
South Sound 911 - 911 Communications & Dispatch
Tacoma, WA 98418 Pierce County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
Typing Test: Yes, required
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TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 31, 2020 unless government restrictions are eased. With recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
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FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
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