BOISE – There are signs all over right now that the economy is improving. One more sign comes from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
The agency is looking to hire around 10 people to work in the emergency dispatch center.
These are the people who answer the phone when we call 911. That voice that is calm and in control.
"Even though we're not there physically, we are the first person on the scene of the crime, or the accident or whatever is going on," said Stephen Holler who has been a dispatcher for the past six years.
He's one of nearly 50 employees that take calls from the public and dispatches out the right agency to help.
Any given month there is an average of 10,000 911 calls. If you count non-emergency calls, that number triples.
"I like it because yesterday was nothing like today, and tomorrow is not going to be anything like yesterday. It's different. Everything is different every day," said Holler.
Ada County is looking to hire up to 10 more people to field calls. The pay starts at $15.05 and goes up to $22.00 with experience. Supervisor pay goes up even higher.
Holler says the ability to multitask is a skill applicants should already have.
"If they've got the ability to talk to people, if they've got a lot of patience, if they can think quickly on their feet as things are happening, we can fill in the rest with training," said Holler.
For Holler, this isn't just a job, it's a place where he can truly make a difference.
"Anytime that I can get help to somebody who needs it, who really needs it, is a good feeling, is a good call," said Holler.
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