Is This Job For You - PSD

​Are you an individual who can remain calm in emergency situations?​​

 

The job is not for everyone. It is the nature of the job that, at anytime, an emergency call will require your full immediate attention and response. If you can remain calm and even tempered during emergency situations, then you are Public Safety Dispatcher, CHP, material. Candidates must be willing to work various shifts, including weekends and holidays.

​Questions to ask yourself

  1. ​ If I don’t have a formal work history, am I still eligible to apply?
    You may still qualify, if you meet minimum requirements. For example, if you have a consistent history of volunteer work (i.e. food bank, coaching, etc.) or paid or non‐paid internships.

  2. Do you find satisfaction in assisting people in crisis?

  3. Can you arrange things or actions in a certain order?

  4. Are you willing to work nights, weekends, holidays, overtime and lengthy shift hours?

  5. Are you able to remain calm, think clearly and perform detailed tasks in emergency situations?

  6. Do you want a job where each day is different, exciting, and new?

  7. Do you have sound judgment and the ability to make effective decisions?

  8. Are you willing to put in the extra time and effort, outside of scheduled work hours, to learn the specifics of the job?

  9. Are you emotionally stable with an even temperament?

  10. Can you produce a number of alternative ideas quickly?

  11. Do you possess a strong work ethic, reporting to work on time with a minimal number of absences?

  12. Are you able to receive and apply constructive criticism?

  13. Can you tolerate a confined work space?

  14. Are you overly sensitive and/or do you take things personal?

  15. Do you take the initiative to take independent action?

 

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