Communications Officer Trainee - 42 hours



Requisition ID: 13570  
Department: Emergency & Protective Services Dept.  
Service: Ottawa Paramedic Service  
Branch: Communications Branch 
Employment Type:  1 or more Full-time Temporary - up to 18 months
Work Hours: 42.00 hours per week
Affiliation: CUPE 503 Inside/Outside 
Salary Information: $67,961.71 - $73,996.10 annually (2024 rates of pay)
Location: 2475 Don Reid Drive  
City: Ottawa, ON 
Job Category: Ottawa Paramedic Service 
Application Close: 31/03/2025

"Applications received may be used to staff current and on-going requirements for up to March 31, 2025"


The Communications Branch of the Paramedic Service is responsible for optimization of CACC services, paramedic system improvements and associated quality improvement programs, effective and efficient paramedic deployment, and public reporting.

You are responsible for providing optimum emergency medical call taking and dispatching services for the Eastern Ontario Catchment Area in accordance with Provincial legislation and City of Ottawa policies. You provide quality and accessible dispatching services in response to the needs of the client/patient.  Service is provided in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Under direct supervision, you receive and assess calls for medical assistance, provide medical pre-arrival instructions to callers, and deploy emergency vehicles and paramedics to obtain maximum coverage and efficiency. Calls received include, but are not limited to: emergency/distress calls, request for medical service, general information, general inquiry and complaint calls.  Dispatch duties include assigning the most appropriate ambulance/resource (i.e. air ambulance, bike team, marine and tactical teams) to respond to the location of the emergency and providing the ambulance crews with all pertinent information.


One year of post-secondary education in Emergency Communications, Public Safety or Health Care.

Minimum of 4 years of experience in a customer service field (face-to-face or telephone).


Current Standard First Aid, CPR and/or AED certificates
Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) Certification course is desirable
Current Emergency Medical Responder certificate (EMR) is desirable


  • Superior understanding of the concepts and procedures of medical oriented dispatch and pre-arrival instruction to callers in emergency situations.  
  • Working knowledge of aircraft operations (e.g. safety aspects to provide pre-arrival instructions to callers, of response time to effectively schedule ambulance rendezvous, of specialized equipment such as incubators).
  • Thorough knowledge of medical and technical terminology and all aspects of ambulance operations.
  • Working knowledge of appropriate sections of the Ambulance Act, Mental Health Act, Coroners Act, C.A.C.C. Manual of Practice, Dispatch Priority Card Index, and A.S.5-D Manual.
  • Superior knowledge of streets, roadways, communities and transportation systems.
  • Ability to interpret various plans and maps.
  • Working knowledge in policies and procedures of Emergency Medical Services
  • Working knowledge of current methods, techniques, and theories used in pre-hospital care at the Basic and Advanced Life Support levels and ability to apply them competently.
  • Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirements of the various types of equipment and vehicles used by Ottawa Paramedic Service.
  • Working knowledge in utilizing corporate software used in the Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications, including but not limited to radio, telephone and computer systems i.e. CAD, Outlook, Word, Internet and any technological upgrades.
  • Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.


  • Deal with constant emergency, high stress situations over the telephone;
  • Communicate effectively and tactfully both orally and in writing; 
  • Make sound, independent decisions and exercise discretion in decision making, during emergency, distress, difficult or stressful situations and, be accountable for such decisions;
  • Perform multi-tasks;
  • Read, interpret, understand and explain policies and procedures including Ottawa Paramedic Service protocols;
  • Superior data entry, typing and keyboard skills;
  • Strong memory recall;
  • Effective organization skills;
  • Ability to use and operate basic office and telecommunications equipment including fax machines photocopiers, computer, printer and email;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Ottawa Paramedic Service staff and members of allied emergency services
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills combined with excellent customer service skills
  • Professional, polite and patient telephone and radio demeanor
  • Must be able to meet deadlines
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Strong service attitude
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Good attendance record
  • Punctual, reliable and dependable
  • Ability to work effectively within a 24/7 shift operation.


  • Language Requirement: Designated Day 1 Ready – immediate requirement for language proficiency: French: oral. English: oral, reading, writing. Candidates must meet language requirement for position upon hire.  
  • Police Record Check: The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Records and Judicial Matters Check with the Police Services detachment in their jurisdiction to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction. Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.  
  • Effective January 2024, any employee who is hired or transferred to the Ottawa Paramedic Service in a substantive, temporary, secondment, or contract position shall provide satisfactory proof, prior to their start date, of being vaccinated against COVID-19 including being up to date on current additional doses, as recommended by the Canadian Immunization Guide, Part 4." 
  • You will be required to attend, understand and complete all courses of study as may be required by the Branch to allow you to function effectively and legally in the capacity of Communication Officer. Once the required certifications are obtained, and your training program is complete, you will become eligible for the position of Communication Officer which has an annual pay band of $85,250.10 - $99,786.96 (2024 rates of pay).
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from members of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and non-binary persons, persons of all ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, classes, gender identities and expressions. 
Candidates are encouraged to self-identify as a member of one or more designated employment equity groups in the self-identification questionnaire.


The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.


Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.