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Are you interested in a career in police or fire work that doesn’t involve getting shot at or running into a burning building?

The Metropolitan Computer Aided Dispatch agency for Champaign County is holding a virtual informational session on being a 9-1-1 telecommunicator.

The meeting will be held via Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Those interested are asked to pre-register by visiting

Telecommunicators are the unseen people who answer the phone when someone calls 9-1-1. After asking a series of questions, they send police, fire and ambulances to calls for service.

Thursday’s session will provide information about METCAD, the role and duties of a telecommunicator, the salary and benefits, the application and hiring process and the training program.

Participants will see a video of a call from start to finish that includes the coordination of who was sent to it.

There will be time for questions and answers.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).

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