Dispatchers are communications personnel responsible for receiving and transmitting pure and reliable messages, tracking vehicles and equipment, and recording other important information.
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"Public safety dispatchers" (also known as emergency dispatchers, Telecommunications Officers, Telecommunicators or 9-1-1 dispatchers) receive calls from individuals who need assistance from Firefighters, Police Officers, and Emergency Medical Services.
In over 98% of locations in the United States and Canada, dialing "9-1-1" from any telephone will link the caller to an emergency dispatch office—called a public-safety answering point (PSAP) by the telecom industry—which can send emergency responders to the caller's location in an emergency.

Fire department

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A number of organizations, including police and fire departments, emergency medical services, motorcycle couriers, taxicab providers, trucking companies, railroads, and public utility companies, use dispatchers to relay information and coordinate their operations.
A fire service is normally set up where it can have fire stations and sophisticated fire engines strategically deployed throughout the area it serves, so that dispatchers can send fire engines, fire trucks, or ambulances from the fire stations closest to the incident.

Truck driver

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A number of organizations, including police and fire departments, emergency medical services, motorcycle couriers, taxicab providers, trucking companies, railroads, and public utility companies, use dispatchers to relay information and coordinate their operations.
An "in cab" communication device AVL unit often allows a driver to communicate with their dispatcher, who is normally responsible for determining and informing the driver of their pick-up and drop-off locations.


Swatting is the harassment tactic of deceiving an emergency service (via such means as hoaxing an emergency services dispatcher) into sending a police and emergency service response team to another person's address.

Detroit Police Department

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In 1921, the Detroit Police Department became the first police department in the country to utilize radio dispatch in their patrol cars.

Enhanced 9-1-1

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An incoming 911 call is answered at the local governmental Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) by a specially trained official known as a telecommunicator.

Taxi (TV series)

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It focuses on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers and their abusive dispatcher.

John Polakowski (politician)

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John J. Polakowski (born July 7, 1896) was a retail clerk, dispatcher and real estate broker from Milwaukee who served one term (1923–1924) as a Socialist member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 8th Milwaukee County district (8th and 14th wards of the City of Milwaukee).

Daniel Sunjata

Sunjata was born and grew up in Chicago, the adopted son of Bill and Catherine Condon, a police dispatcher and a civil rights worker.

Emergency telephone number

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An emergency telephone number call may be answered by either a telephone operator or an emergency service dispatcher.

Public utility model

In a Public Utility Model system, the government is a "purchaser" of dispatchers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedic providers from an EMS provider (contractor).

Track warrant

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Dispatchers issue these permissions to train crews instead of using signals.

Allgemeines Deutsches Handelsgesetzbuch

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§§ 497 bis 545 ALR affected factors and dispatchers (Faktoren und Disponenten) whereby procuration (Prokura), a special power of attorney, could be found in §§ 498 et seq.

TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest...

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Each episode of the series - originally only known as World's Dumbest Criminals - presented a comedic look at 20 half-witted and offbeat events recorded on camera and occasionally, on tape by 911 dispatchers.

Flight planning

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A licensed flight dispatcher or flight operations officer is required by law to carry out flight planning and flight watch tasks in many commercial operating environments (e.g., US FAR §121, Canadian regulations).

Pandemic (board game)

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The game accommodates 2 to 4 players, each playing one of five possible specialists: dispatcher, medic, scientist, researcher, or operations expert.

The Four of Us Are Dying

He's been a salesman, a dispatcher, a truck driver, a con man, a bookie, and a part-time bartender.

Terrestrial Trunked Radio

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The common mode of operation is in a group calling mode in which a single button push will connect the user to the users in a selected call group and/or a dispatcher.

Lawrence Taylor

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His father worked as a dispatcher at the Newport News shipyards, while his mother was a schoolteacher.


The app's main feature, and where its name comes from, is that it sends alerts to users at the same time that dispatchers are sending the call to emergency crews.

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When the unit is activated, the pager sounds a tone alert, followed by an announcement from a dispatcher alerting the user of a situation.

Public safety answering point

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Trained telephone operators are also usually responsible for dispatching these emergency services.

Aeronautical operations technician

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Originally named Agent d'Exploitation ("Handling Agent" or "Flight Dispatcher"), the TAE course was created in 1962 and renamed in November 2010.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

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Beginning in 2018, she starred in Fox first responder drama series 9-1-1, playing 9-1-1 dispatcher Maddie Buckley.