Union County Regional Communications

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Union County operates a state-of-the-art communications center that opened in October of 2012.   We dispatch the Union County Police Department and many local and regional public safety agencies including Police, Fire, EMS, the Metro Strike Team and Union County Fire Mutual Aid. In addition, Union County Communications is the contact point for many specialized resources such as Sheriff’s K-9, Union County Bomb Squad and the Union County Hazardous Materials Unit (HazMat).

Interested in working with us?

Union County Communications is always looking for dedicated, customer service-oriented individuals who are ready to take on new challenges.  Our training program requires no previous public safety experience.

Public Safety Telecommunicator (Emergency Call Taker/Dispatcher)

Public Safety Telecommunicator (Emergency Call Taker/Dispatcher)

This position is assigned to the Regional Communications Center which is located in Westfield, New Jersey. The Communications Specialist is responsible for delivering quality emergency communication services to the public, as well as providing accurate and timely dispatch support to police, Fire and EMS personnel. The Communications Specialist has a unique responsibility in a fast-paced environment that requires careful attention to detail, multi-tasking, and good communications skills. Major duties include answering 9-1-1 emergency calls, and dispatching police officers and fire rescue personnel to respond to calls, using a computer system known as (CAD) Computer Aided Dispatch.

Union County offers a competitive salary and benefits package

  • Paid training
  • Bonus pay for trainers
  • Medical/ Dental/ Vision/ Life Insurance/ Prescription Drug Plans
  • State Pension System and Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Paid Holidays, Accrued Sick & Vacation, uniforms furnished
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Employee assistance programs

Applicants must have the ability to

Perform work assignments at different work locations when required; – work holidays, weekends and shifts during days, evenings or midnight’s; – accept last minute changes in their schedule and work mandatory overtime; – work under close supervision, and daily evaluation of performance, especially during training; – demonstrate good customer service skills including dealing calmly and respectfully with irate and angry customers over the phone; and – work under constant electronic surveillance as all telephone conversations and radio messages are recorded.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma, CPR certification, Basic Telecommunicator Certification from a New Jersey recognized training program.

Testing Process

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be scheduled for the computerized examination. All who pass the computerized examination will be scheduled for a selection interview. 

Selection Process

Applicants must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation, medical examination and drug/alcohol screen. Additionally, each applicant will be scheduled to observe a Public Safety Telecommunicator for two (2) hours in the Regional Communications Center.

How to apply

Visit: https://ucnj.org/administrative-services/  Select the Full Time/Part Time Employment application and complete the downloaded application.  The application can be emailed to gwilliams@ucnj.org

For further information, contact:

Gareth Williams, Chief Public Safety Telecommunicator
908-518-5629  gwilliams@ucnj.org

APCO Project 33

In April of 2014, the Dispatch Training program at Union County received the prestigious distinction of being certified as meeting the comprehensive 2010 American National Standards for Telecommunicator Training (ANSI 3.103.1). Union County Regional Communications is the only agency in New Jersey and the tri-state area – and one of less than 75 nationwide – that has been so certified.

Latest News

We would like to welcome the Township of Berkeley Heights and Kean University to the Union County Regional Communications Center
The Township of Berkeley Heights entered into a shared services agreement to provide 911 dispatch for Police, Fire, & EMS to the township. The transition to County Dispatch offers Berkeley Heights access to state of the art technology and services while providing the Township significant cost savings from operating their own dispatch center. Kean University has entered into an agreement for the County to process their 911 calls and to provide medical call screening and pre-arrival instructions to callers.

Rahway Fire, Cranford Fire and First Aid Squad switches over to County Dispatch
All fire and EMS calls in Rahway and Cranford are now processed by Union County Communications

Union County Regional Communications Center welcomes Roselle Park Police
As of July 1, 2019 Roselle Park Police transitioned dispatch and 911 call handling to Union County

Advance Location Services
Union County uses advanced location services to pinpoint 911 callers saving minutes on locating a 911 caller. Learn more.

List of agencies utilizing the Communications Center

Township of Berkeley Heights 911, Police, Fire, & EMS Dispatch
Township of Clark EMS Dispatch
Township of Cranford 911, Fire and EMS Dispatch
Borough of Fanwood 911, Police, Fire and EMS Dispatch
Borough of Garwood 911 Medical Call Screening
Township of Hillside Fire and EMS Dispatching
Kean University 911 and Medical Call Screening
Borough of Kenilworth 911 Medical Call Screening
Borough of Mountainside EMS Dispatch
City of Rahway Fire and EMS Dispatch
Borough of Roselle Fire and EMS Dispatch
Borough of Roselle Park 911, Police, Fire and EMS Dispatch
Township of Scotch Plains 911, Police, Fire and EMS Dispatch
Township of Springfield 911, Fire and EMS Dispatch
Township of Winfield 911, Police, Fire and EMS Dispatch
RWJ Barnabas Rahway Paramedics                        
Trinitas Regional Medical Center Paramedics     
Union County Fire Mutual Aid
Union County EMS Mutual Aid
Union County Hazardous Materials Unit
Union County Police
Union County Sheriff K9
Metro Urban Area Search & Rescue Task Force