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Taos, New Mexico: Paying dispatchers a living wage
The Taos News
Alberto Castagna

September 8, 2011
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Same old. There go the big boys making their big decisions using the tax payer's money to feel like they are actually doing something.

How about being able to say that during their tenure they raised the pay of the people who in fact do the work? $10.85 for a starting dispatcher is shameful.

What do you take home after taxes? Enough to live on? I don't think so.

The dispatchers communicate with ambulance personnel, fire and police. They are trained people who understand the meaning of emergency.

They work all different shifts, they cover 24 hours a day. They have to be savvy about their turf, stay current on the latest gizmos and be calm cool and collected. I was truly embarrassed to read that after a year they make $11.73.

It feels like seeing somebody's dirty laundry. Come on guys! Sure, a modern dispatch center is nice, but if coupled with a stable, experienced workforce that is paid a wage that recognizes it's worth.

Ambulance, police, fire personnel, emergency dispatch, these are the true pillars of a community. Politicians?

I sure wouldn't call one of them if I had a heart attack.