Male radio dispatcher send out a call to security guards form the control room

Radio Despatcher

Radio Despatchers provide radio and communications services for the coordination of operational units in transport, courier, military, emergency, security, rescue and road service organisations.

Overview

Radio Despatchers provide radio and communications services for the coordination of operational units in transport, courier, military, emergency, security, rescue and road service organisations.

Day-to-day

  • monitors radio frequencies including vhf, hf, channel 16 and other emergency frequencies
  • sends and receives messages
  • maintains a log of messages sent and received
  • broadcast weather reports and warnings
  • answers queries
  • listens for and answers distress calls
  • works with emergency to find and locate vessels and other persons using radio distress signals
  • monitors equipment and may undertake minor repairs as required
  • may set up telecommunication equipment.

Considerations

  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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To become a Radio Despatcher

  • You can work as a Radio Despatcher without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. If you want to work as an ambulance despatcher you usually need to undertake a certificate IV in ambulance communications within 12 months of starting work.

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