A story on our local NBC affiliate highlighted a dire need down in the Tri-Cities that could be good news for job seekers.

Benton County Emergency Services is short staffed on dispatchers, which is putting stress on remaining staff.

Part of the problem is the lengthy hiring process and stress testing of applicants.

According to the requirements, the entry-level training program consists of five phases, each lasting from 5-7 weeks. The trainee is assigned to a Certified Training Officer, who provides daily feedback. Each training phase concludes with an observation period and a written exam. Upon passing the exam, the trainee is then eligible to work independently until assigned to a new training phase.

To find out more about being an emergency dispatcher, visit the SECOMM website.

To apply immediately, go here.

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