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Fire Telecommunicator I #2302-304000-01

Part-time Fire Telecommunicator I

Date Opened
Monday, February 27, 2023 8:00 AM
Close Date
Monday, May 15, 2023 2:30 PM
  • Starting Salary is $26.00/per hour - Non-negotiable
Employment Type
  • Part Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.

Charlotte’s local government, with more than 7,000 employees and a $2.39 billion budget, works hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play.

With 43 stations spanning 300 square-miles, the Charlotte Fire Department provides fire suppression, emergency medical, technical urban rescue, fire prevention, fire investigation, and public education services. The department’s ISO Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating and International Accredited status rank it among the top fire departments in the world.


This is job posting is for Former ALARM Trained Telecommunicators ONLY.


This is moderately complex work in receiving and transmitting telephone and radio emergency class for fire and emergency medical incidents and coordinating response with other City/County emergency service and/or non –emergency organizations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

A Telecommunicator I (part time) will perform the following major duties and responsibilities:

  • Answer incoming emergency and routine phone calls as quickly as possible according  to communications Division training guidelines.  
  • Interact with the public in a tactful, firm, respectful and decisive manner to obtain information from people under extreme stress. 
  • Question callers to determine locations & nature of problems to determine type of  response needed.  
  •         Record details of calls / dispatches / messages and call notes.  
  • Choose the appropriate action and dispatch resources as quickly as possible utilizing the Computer Aided (CAD) system.  
  •     Use Computer Aided Dispatch System in accordance with Communications Division training guidelines.
  • Operate console radio equipment with clarity, tact, and efficiency in accordance with Communicaitons Division training guidelines.
  • Communicate effectively with dispatched resources, relaying incident information appropriately and fulfilling all requests.
  • Communicate effectively with others TC’s on duty to ensure seamless and accurate service.    
  • Perform tasks in accordance with departmental and city policy and state and federal law, supplemented with specific direction from division supervision and/or sworn departmental leadership.    
  • Facilitate city and/or department notifications when required or requested. 
  • Assist on scene as a Chief aid at large scale, dynamic incidents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge and operational experience of multi-channel radio and multi-line telephone systems.
  • Working knowledge of the functions, practices, and procedures of the Charlotte Fire Department.
  •  Working knowledge of the physical layout and geography of the City of Charlotte and surrounding areas.
  • Ability to accurately receive and clearly transmit radio communications.
  • Ability to assess people and situations, to apply sound judgment, to remain calm under high stress environments and to elicit sufficient and essential information for dispatching and assisting field personnel.
  • Ability to multi-task, i.e., work simultaneously on different calls, with different agencies and personnel.
  • Ability to communicate (speak and write) clearly and distinctly.
  • Ability to monitor multiple radio talk groups at one time.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete work activity records and files.
  • Ability to detect or tell differences between sounds varying in pitch & loudness.
  • Ability to communicate information / ideas clearly in written & spoken language.
  • Ability to remember information such as words / numbers / pictures / procedures
  • Ability to follow reasonable and prudent orders from members in supervisory positions.
  • Ability to work in a Team setting.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain minimum training standards and certifications. This includes an initial training period and continuing education.

ADA and Other Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Physical Requirements:

  • Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical conditions necessary for sitting, standing, climbing, or walking for extended periods of time.
  • Light to moderate lifting and carrying; some crouching, stooping, squatting, crawling, reaching, pushing, and pulling when performing tasks.
  • Adequate vision, hearing, and speech required.

Sensory Requirements:

Concentrated and attentive use of one or more senses (visual, audio, and other sensory modalities) for proofreading, data entry, and tabulating data.

  • Ability to operate in an environment with frequent interruptions from people and/or noises, which in return could result in some level of stress, fatigue, or strain.
  • Comprehensive written information in work-related documents.
  • Ability to hear, understand, and distinguish speech.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an indoor environment with moderate exposure to atmospheric conditions, moderate exposure to environmental conditions and frequent exposure to computer screens, files, and phone.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Former Fire Communications Telecommunicator (Fire Alarm)
  • High School diploma.
  • At least 18 years of age by the date of the written assessment.
  • A valid driver’s license. in their current state of residence as a condition of employment.  All applicants must have valid driver's license listing current residence to be considered for the Fire Telecommunicator position. 
  • Must meet NENA Hearing Standards for Public Safety Telecommunicators (NENA-STA-007.3-00).
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience within the division or equivalent experience external to the division. (Communications, dispatch, or other public contact experience, or equivalent)


The Communications Division operates on a 24x7 365-day basis. Typical shifts for the division are 0645-1500 (daylight), 1445-2300 (daylight), 2245-0700 (night).  The schedule rotates for the daylight shifts and remains constant for the night shift.  

  • Part-Time telecommunicators are expected to work at least two (2) eight (8) hours shifts each calendar month.
  • Schedules are not guaranteed and are subject to change at any time to meet the needs of the division based on departmental or community needs. 


$26.00/hour - 20 hours per week

Conditions of Employment

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.  The city is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law. Proof of vaccination is NOT required until a candidate receives and accepts a Conditional Offer of employment, at which time the candidate will be advised that proof must be submitted to CFD HR prior to the first date of employment.

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


NO benefits are available for this position.

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