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Roanoke County hopes a day-long event on Saturday will help them find qualified candidates for its 911 center. Only a small percentage of applicants typically get through the screening and training process. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.
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The job title is Communications Officer. They’re the ones who take calls to 911 and dispatch emergency crews  — police, fire, and ambulance. But  finding qualified applicants is difficult, and that is what leads to this weekend’s job fair. You’ll get an orientation and tour, then lots of tests for basic skills.

Screening also includes criminal background and credit checks — even a polygraph test.

The few who make it through start at $27,000 to $40,000 a year — and have the satisfaction of helping many people when they need it.

Click here for full 911 Communications Officer Career and Qualification Day information.