CRITFC dispatcher graduates from communications course

Dispatcher Sadie DeShong of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries will be among the graduates of the 106th Basic Telecommunications class on Nov. 10 in Salem, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) announced.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics.

Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification.

There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications BT106 Graduation will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy S.E., Salem.

The guest speaker is Operations Manager Marie Longworth of the Central Lane Communications Center.

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