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Copcat2__488_x_356__max50

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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

How does your agency handle "calling" in dispatchers when they are on their days off?

100_0015_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

We don't, not usually. Its up to the director and 2 supervisors to fill in for the person who will be out. I have had a bad last couple of weeks due to one of mine calling out, although it has earned me enoough comp time to take this week end off :)

911clr_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

They are called last after we have attempted people that are scheduled to work that day. The Supervisor handles call in's. Day's off do not guarantee days off.....


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Meggamuffin_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

days off definately do not mean days off here. right now we are down two dispatchers out of five full timers. I had one day off last week, one this week and doubles the week of Christmas. We have an order back policy here. (If of course they can reach you by phone, or if you are ordered back while you are physically at work)


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Copcat2__488_x_356__max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Boy, with making such demands on us you'd think they'd pay us worth a darn, wouldn't ya! We are "assigned" days as "first call out" and "second call out". Which means you HAVE to be available on those days to be called in if necessary. I swear our roster is more full of "newbies" than at any other time since I've been there (8 yrs) we are
hurting for radio trained dispatchers. Our job isn't THAT hard but it does take some training to learn it. I think the county commissioners think that we are just glorified receptionist and what we do isn't that hard. I just wish they would all come up there and work just a few hrs during peak times or on full moon weeks. I believe they would change their minds, big TIME!!!

Meintraining_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

We have a an on-call schedule! We work 12 hour shifts 4 on 4 off 3 on 3 off... On your days off you have to sign up for one on-call day a week. We all have department pagers and when you are on call you better answer it! We don't get paid any on-call pay ... its just the way it is! I can hardly wait until we are back to full statffing and we can get rid of it! We were down 8 and had 2 positions for over hire! Ugh!

0218081558_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Since I have been working in our department we have had a "weekly schedule". Sometimes you get two days off, sometimes one, sometimes "yours truly" works 24 days straight then has one day off and works for 15 days straight, another day off and then my days ran together.

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Our agency says who is not here today call them who cares if we get days off..bleh

Handcufs-sexy_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Our department is very small 4 full-time and 1 part-time so when someone calls in whoever is not working gets called in or sometimes we will work 18 hour shifts to cover. The downside of a small department.


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Telecommunicator_rusch_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

We don't have an "on call" status. If at the last minute a shift needs covered the leaving dispatcher stays over 4 and the incoming dispatcher comes in early for 4 -- we're still on (archaic) 8's. It's the only fair way we could agree on because nobody likes to be bothered on their days off. With that said it's not like it never happens!!


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Officerdownbadge_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Our agency has a list of on-call employees, and if none of them can come in we generally just go from the top of the list down. When worst comes to worst, an officer will man the empty station for all or part of a shift.

Officerdownbadge_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

PGPD911 said:

We don't have an "on call" status. If at the last minute a shift needs covered the leaving dispatcher stays over 4 and the incoming dispatcher comes in early for 4 -- we're still on (archaic) 8's. It's the only fair way we could agree on because nobody likes to be bothered on their days off. With that said it's not like it never happens!!

OUr shifts just went from the 8's to 4 10's. To this point it is harder to get our on-calls people to come in on short notice as most have other jobs. The tens ar enice, but sometimes I miss the flexibility of the 8 hour day, and getting shift coverage.

Picture_173_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

We have an order list for when people call out. If someone calles out sick or takes a last minute day off we first call everyone available and see if they would like the shift. If noone is willing to come in we have a seperate order list. The list is available to us so we can see if we are up to be ordered soon. Once you have been ordered to work an x is put next to your name and you cannot be ordered again until everyone else on the list has also been ordered.

Boogers_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

We actually have an on-call list. We bid for it now by seniority, just like we bid for shifts and days off. It is *not* a popular remedy. We have to sign up for 2-3 weeks per 6 month rotation... The week(s) you're on call, you're subject to being called in on any shift with 2 hours notice. No days off or shift swaps are granted for you that week, and if you call in sick, you'd better have a doctor's note. If you do call in sick, you'll find yourself signed up for another week of oncall.