Resolution requested to classify dispatchers as ‘First Responders’

CANYON CITY, OR- Dispatcher Cammie Haney brought a matter before the Grant County Court recently, regarding a change in job classification for our Emergency Communications Dispatchers—from ‘Office and Administrative Support’ to ‘First Responders’:

“The occupation of 9-1-1 Dispatchers is more than a secretary sitting at a console pushing buttons and taking notes. We’re the eyes and ears on the scene of a crime before law enforcement arrives; we’re the calm voice on the other line delivering babies while medics are en-route, and we’re the compassionate shoulder that many have cried on when they’ve lost a loved one.”

Harney County recently passed a similar resolution. The court is going to run the idea by County Counsel before considering a resolution.