SPRINGFIELD, Mo- After a shortage of 911 dispatchers in Greene County, Springfield city leaders want to hire 6 new people by next year, and are aggressively trying to recruit qualified candidates to solve the problem.
The county averages over 700 calls in a 24 hour period.
But the director of 911 Emergency Communications Zim Schwartze, says even with staffing problems, calls still come in regardless.
“There are very few people, studies have shown, that can physically and mentally do this job.”
“The calls for police, fire, EMS assistance are still going to come in and when we have a shortage of people and with any center in the state of Missouri or across the country that could be life-threatening for those callers,” says Schwartze.
If you’re interested in applying for the job it pays about 15 dollars an hour.
For more information, head to springfieldmo.gov.