Description: An Incident Tactical Dispatcher is a specially trained individual qualified to operate away from the dispatch center in a command post, base camp or at the incident scene. Incident Tactical Dispatchers leverage the multi-tasking, communication, accountability and documentation skills of successful Telecommunicators to provide public safety communications expertise and support at planned events and extended incidents such as hostage situations, multi-alarm fires, search and rescue operations, bombings, and active shooter incidents. Incident Tactical Dispatchers may support the Communications Unit as a single resource or as part of an incident tactical dispatch team. This course provides a basic understanding for the roles and responsibilities of an incident tactical dispatcher working in a tactical environment.
This course is taught by ECD/ICTAP instructors who have both dispatch and communications unit experience. The course provides a realistic, hands-on approach to mastering the tasks and skills of an Incident Tactical Dispatcher. This course is designed for experienced dispatchers who are familiar with the Incident Command System and dispatch operations. This course is four days long with an end of course INTD exercise on the fourth day. Each attendee participates in hands-on training exercises and receives a position task book. Attendees are encourage to bring their “to go” kits to the class exercise on the last day.
This course is limited to 20 participants.
- Prerequisites: To attend this course, applicants must have the following prerequisites:
- Have an awareness of fundamental public safety communications technology.
- Have a public safety background with three years of experience in dispatch operations.
- Completion of the ECD Communications Unit Awareness web-based course No course completion certificate is generated.
- ICS-300, Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for Expanding Incidents is suggested but not required.
- Required Completion of the following FEMA independent study (IS) training courses (current versions are recommended):
- ICS-100.c, Introduction to the ICS
- IS-144, Telecommunicators Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) Basic Course
- ICS-200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
- IS-700.b, National Incident Management System (NIMS)
- IS-800.c, National Response Framework (NRF)
Registrations and scanned copies of prerequisite documentation which verify applicants have met the prerequisites and are eligible to participate in the course must be submitted by December 5, 2019.
Registration is not complete until all documentation has been received and verified. Admittance is limited to 20 qualified applicants. If more than 20 qualified personnel apply, final determination of student attendance will be announced by the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Sue Krogman.