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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.

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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