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Fire Communications

Orange County Fire Rescue Communications Division - Answering Calls, Dispatching Units and Hospitals, Training and Development, Managing Communications Equipment

Dispatch Trainee

Essential Functions

  • Multi-tasking and attending to detail.
  • Listening, thinking, and speaking simultaneously.
  • Quickly adapting and reacting under stressful conditions.
  • Working in as an essential member of a fast-paced, multidimensional team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • US citizen or US resident
  • Pass Background Investigation with no felony convictions.
  • Pass a polygraph test.
  • Pass a medical physical, including a drug screening and vision/hearing evaluation.
  • Work nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Read, write, understand and speak English proficiently, bilingual a plus.

Starting at $17.91 per hour during the Training Phase (approximately 12 weeks; then, Trainees are promoted to Dispatcher at a rate of $22.50).


  • Shift work (12 hour rotating night and day shifts). 16-week rotation of days or nights.
  • During the Training Phase, hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with one week of 6:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.

Continuing Education and Career Development

  • Educational Assistance of $1500 per fiscal year.
  • Continuing Dispatcher Education credits toward certification renewal provided monthly.
  • Clear and supportive structure.

Contact Us

  • Orange County Fire Rescue
  • Communications Administration Department Recruitment Bureau
  • 6590 Amory Court, Winter Park, FL 32792
  • Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 407-836-9111
  • E-mail:

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