OPCD Welcomes Recruitment Class 23-03 

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OPCD Welcomes Recruitment Class 23-03 

New Orleans, LA (June, 2023) The Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD) is proud to welcome its newest recruitment class of future first responders (Class 23-03). These recruits will complete the agency’s 16-week academy full of academically rigorous coursework, skills assessments, certification exams, and final on-the-job evaluation by a certified training specialist. Upon graduation these individuals will join the rank of OPCD heroes that save lives every day, answering over 1.2 million calls, annually.   

“We are thrilled to welcome the third recruitment class of 2023. With 7 additional Emergency Communications Specialists, we are closer to where we want to be,” says Director of Training and Compliance, Teresa Thompson. “Our Human Resources Department has increased their recruitment efforts, hosting on-site pre-employment testing every Wednesday from 10 AM to 6 PM. This has allowed for a greater pool of applicants. Those who have not been able to take the pre-employment test at home can now take the pre-employment test and join our team of #HeroesUnderTheHeadset.” 

“We are excited to welcome new applicants and are proud to see so many of them moving through their training and onto the floors as Emergency Communications Specialists. We welcome our new class of Emergency Communications Specialists and can’t wait to watch them #SHOWUP.”  

About Orleans Parish Communications District (www.OPCDLA.gov)
Formed in 1982, the Orleans Parish Communication District is the public safety answering point (PSAP) for all emergency communications via 9-1-1 within Orleans Parish. The agency employs over 180 individuals and provides emergency medical dispatch, emergency fire dispatch, and emergency police dispatch for the millions of annual visitors and residents of the City of New Orleans. OPCD is a member of the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).