WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Consolidated E-911 Dispatch Center, a joint-partnership between the County of Wythe and the towns of Rural Retreat and Wytheville, is accepting applications for full-time E-911 dispatchers.

Emergency communications operators are responsible for answering E-911 calls, as well as for dispatching fire, rescue and law enforcement personnel to locations of need.

“Out of all the services Wythe County provides to the citizens, E-911 ranks among one of the most important,” said James Copeland, Director of Wythe County Emergency Communications.

Copeland’s statements have been echoed by Virginia’s Governor, Terry McAuliffe, who, earlier this year, stated, “The availability of 9-1-1 assistance is integral to the peace of mind of each individual and the security of all communities.”

McAuliffe went on to state, “[E-911 dispatchers] are the vital link between the citizen or victim and the public safety provider.”

County officials say that they are seeking candidates who hold a high school diploma or GED, possess good keyboarding skills, the ability to obtain VCIN Operator and state mandated dispatcher certifications, have the ability to communicate professionally and efficiently via telephone and radio, as well as the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Applicants for the full-time positions may be required to pass a hearing test and must be willing to work any shift with no exceptions. The consolidated dispatch center is currently operating on 12-hour shifts using a 2-2-3 rotation.

Drug screening and extensive background checks are also required.

A county application may be obtained at www.wytheco.org or at the Wythe County Administrator’s Office.

Perspective applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and application to Mrs. Martha Collins, Administrative Assistant, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, VA 24382.

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
For specific inquiries regarding these positions, please contact James Copeland at (276)223-4533.

In addition to E-911 dispatchers, the county is also seeking a part-time custodian for the animal shelter. Interested applicants may fill out an application for this position, either by downloading it from www.wytheco.org or by obtaining an application at the county administrator’s office.

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