No Current State Certification Requirement for Dispatchers
The purpose of 7 AAC 26.810 - 7 AAC 26.840 is to promote the health and safety of the people of Alaska by establishing uniform minimum standards for emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs). These sections are intended to establish uniform minimum standards for certification of EMDs who routinely give medical treatment advice and other instructions to callers over the telephone before the arrival of the emergency medical service at the scene of the emergency. Nothing in 7 AAC 26.810 - 7 AAC 26.840 is intended to require that public safety dispatchers who dispatch emergency medical services be certified EMDs.
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Current 20 Year Dispatcher Retirement Statute: Sec. 39.35.370
(g) When an employee who was employed as a dispatcher in a state trooper office or in a police or fire department in the plan applies for appointment to retirement, the employee may convert the credited service for that position to
credited service as a peace officer by claiming the service as peace
officer service. An employee who has converted credited service to peace
officer service under this subsection shall be treated as a peace
officer for purposes of AS 39.35.095 - 39.35.680. When the member claims
this credited service as peace officer service, an indebtedness of the
member to the plan shall be established. The indebtedness is equal to
the full actuarial cost of the conversion of the credited service to
treatment as peace officer service. Any outstanding indebtedness that
exists at the time the member is appointed to retirement shall require an actuarial adjustment to the benefits payable based upon the conversion of the credited service.