About the author:
David Vasser has been
employed in communications since 1968, when at the age of 14 he began a
36 year career in commercial broadcasting. He
began his second career as one of the initial hires for the 1993
start up of the Stanly County
9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center in Albemarle, North Carolina.
There he currently functions as 9-1-1 Telecommunicator, as Training
Officer and as NCIC Terminal Agency Coordinator overseeing that agency's
access to the national law enforcement computer network. During his tenure
he has personally handled communications procedures for over
100,000 public safety incidents which makes him
one of the most, if not the most experienced
Telecommunicator at this state of the art center which dispatches all
public safety agencies in the county.
The Stanly 911 Center was updated and expanded in
1999, and underwent yet another total reconstruction completed in May of
2003. Another new center is on the drawing board to be built in a new
County Emergency Services Center in east Albemarle in the same
facility where a new EMS base and the Emergency Management Agency will also
be housed. Stanly County's 911 center has always been recognized as
among the most up to date in the region with the very latest and best in
technology. For example, Stanly County was getting latitude and longitude
of the location of cell phone calls to 9-1-1, long before numerous other
large cities weren't. You can view a Channel 14 news story about the 2003
rebuild, featuring the author by clicking
While designing the current training system for Stanly County 9-1-1
and taking an active part in actually training the new hires there, his
teaching skills have also utilized by both Stanly
Community College of Albemarle and Montgomery Community College of Troy
where he has been employed as a part time
instructor in Emergency Response. As a Red Cross Disaster Services
Instructor Dave also trains other Red Cross volunteers to manage disaster
situations for that agency and instructs all manner of health and safety
Active in community volunteer programs, he is Past-Chairman of the
Stanly County Chapter of The American Red Cross and is
currently serving as Disaster Services Committee Chairman. He
has been a volunteer with Badin
& Eastside Fire Departments plus has served
on Eastside Fire Departments's board of directors.
Additional activities include past membership on
the Stanly County Firefighter Association Public Relations Committee and
committee work for the Centralina Council of Governments
9-1-1 Telecommunicator Continuing Education
He has received special training in Mass Casualty Incident Management
with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Following the
attacks of September 11, 2001 he volunteered for
highly specialized training in Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident
Management with the North Carolina Emergency Management Agency making him
one of a select few people from our county
qualified in that field. He is also trained in hostage/terrorist negotiator
operations and a myriad of other specialties.
Previously he has worked on United Way fund campaigns, served on the
Stanly County Emergency Medical Dispatch Audit and Review Committee and has
been the Western North Carolina District Vice-Chairman for the American
National Red Cross.
In September of 2004 "The Brother Dave Show"
which was heard every Saturday afternoon
from 2:00 until 7:00 on Charlotte's Magic 96.1 FM wrapped
up during year number thirteen and Dave's retired
from commercial radio to focus on family, 9-1-1 and community service.
When asked why he wrote this job information
down he says, "So I could stop explaining to
people about how to get a job at 9-1-1. Now I just give them the website
address. It saves me at least an hour a week! Also, I can update the web
documents anytime new information becomes available. I want people to have
the very latest information and the Internet is the ideal way to do that."
The manual you are about to read was previously sold by direct mail
through classified ads in several publications beginning in 1997.
It has undergone continuous revision ever since.
Remarkably, Dave found time to share the information in his 9-1-1
book, although I don't know when he could have had time to do it. I've
known him since he moved to North Carolina in 1980, and I believe it is safe
to say he is here to stay because he is too busy to leave!
David, his 1987 bride Nancy and their
family make their home along
one of the storied fairways of the Stanly County Country Club located in the
heart of North America's oldest mountain range, the Uwharrie Mountains where
the bald eagles still fly free.
Thank you for
visiting and good luck in your new career!
accept checks & money orders.
& your email address today to: David Vasser, 905
Chimneys Ln Box 607, Albemarle NC 28001.
We will email all the information to you without delay! Thank You!