July 17, 2023

VB911: Nine Graduate from 9-1-1 Recruit Academy

The graduates of the 60th academy have now begun their on-the-job training to become emergency telecommunicators.
VB911 60th class graduates

Emergency Communications and Citizen Services held a graduation ceremony for its 60th VB9-1-1 Recruit Academy on July 5, signifying the completion of an extensive eight-week classroom training.

The nine graduates have begun their on-the-job training to include call taking, dispatch support, and animal control radio positions, working with the training staff to develop the skills necessary to be successful public safety telecommunicators. This process takes approximately 12-18 months before being advanced to the next stage in their career progression.

The City’s dedicated public safety emergency telecommunicators are the first of the first responders, helping to keep our residents and visitors safe by sending appropriate public safety resources.

Last year, Virginia Beach emergency dispatchers fielded more than 460,229 calls for service and issued 22 emergency notifications via the City’s reverse 9-1-1 system and VBAlert (text and email). They’re an integral part of what makes our community a great place to live.

To help aid dispatchers, residents are encouraged to create a Smart911 Profile and register for VBAlert.

Can you answer the call? For more information about VB911 careers, visit VirginiaBeach.gov/ECCScareers.

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