• Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers operate radio, telephone, or computer equipment at emergency response centers. They relay reports of crimes, disturbances, fires, and medical or police emergencies to law enforcement and emergency personnel.

    What do they typically do

    • Question callers to find out their locations and the nature of their problems to determine type of response needed
    • Receive incoming telephone or alarm system calls about police and fire service, emergency ambulance service, and after-hours calls for departments within a city
    • Determine required responses and relative priorities of situations and dispatch units following established procedures
    • Record details of calls, dispatches, and messages
    • Enter, update, and retrieve information from teletype networks and computerized data systems about wanted persons, stolen property, vehicle registration, and stolen vehicles
    • Maintain access to and security of highly sensitive materials
    • Relay information and messages to and from emergency sites, to law enforcement agencies, and to all others requiring notification
    • Scan status charts and computer screens, and contact emergency response field units to determine emergency units available for dispatch

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