Rapides Parish Communication District

Minimum Requirements for Employment

Following are minimum standards applicable to all employment positions:

  1. High school graduate or equivalent (ged)
  2. Age requirement – minimum of 18
  3. Must be able to monitor audible information from multiple sources (telephone, radio and co-workers) in an open space and/or noisy environment.
  4. Ability to multi-task; simultaneous typing (rapid keyboarding), talking on the radio, answering multiple telephone calls, and switching between computer screens and applications.    
  5. Color vision adequate to determine various console lighting arrangements and able to see within normal visual range with or without correction.
  6. Read, interpret, understand and follow written and oral instructions and/or information in english
  7. Ability to speak clearly, concisely and with a professional courteous voice inflection
  8. Requires physical ability to work in a confined office space/emergency dispatch center setting; stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift and/or carry light to moderate weights; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers.
  9. Free from any physical, mental or functional instability which may tend to impair efficient performance of duty or which might endanger the lives of others.
  10. Shall not have been convicted of any felony
  11. Must live within 35 miles of the rpcd center
  12. Must be a registered voter in the state of Louisiana
  13. Able to type a minimum of 30 wpm
  14. Deal tactfully with the general public as well as maintaining an effective working relationship with co-workers and law enforcement, fire and EMS officials.
  15. Willingness to work on weekends, holidays and at odd or irregular hours (shiftwork)
  16. Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction
  17. Ability to work under pressure; exercising good judgement and common sense while making sound decisions in emergency situations.
  18. Ability to transition from periods of mental and physical inactivity to periods of intense and stressful mental and physical activities at a moments notice
  19. Learn and adhere to computer aided dispatch (cad) systems and other related technology.
  20. Learn and remember locations and common place names of highways, major streets, commercial and public bldgs, etc. Read and interpret various mapping devices and relay pertinent information.
  21. Ability to wear a headset