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Incident Command System

Incident Dispatcher

Logistics
The following sections provide information on this position:







Incident Dispatcher - General

The Incident Dispatcher - (including Incident Communications Manager) is responsible for receiving and transmitting radio and telephone messages among and between personnel and to provide dispatch services at the incident.



Incident Dispatcher - Specific Responsibilities

The major responsibilities of the Incident Dispatcher are:

  • Review Common Responsibilities.

  • Ensure adequate staffing (Incident Communications Manager).

  • Obtain and review the Incident Action Plan (IAP) to determine the incident organization and Incident Radio Communications Plan.

  • Set up Incident Radio Communications Center; check-out equipment.

  • Request service on any inoperable or marginal equipment.

  • Set-up Message Center location, as required.

  • Receive and transmit messages within and external to the incident.

  • Maintain files of Status Change Cards (ICS Form 210, 4 KB PDF*) and 

  • General Messages (ICS Form 213, 5 KB PDF*). 

  • Maintain a record of unusual incident occurrences.

  • Provide a briefing to relief personnel on:
    • Current activities.

    • Equipment status.

    • Any unusual communications situations.
  • Turn in appropriate documents to the Incident Communications Manager or Communications Unit Leader.

  • Demobilize the Communications Center in accordance with the Incident Demobilization Plan.

  • Maintain Unit/Activity Log (ICS Form 214, 5 KB PDF*).


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