Dispatchers (NOC 1525)

High opportunity occupation

About this job


  • use radios and other telecommunication equipment to dispatch emergency vehicles and to co-ordinate the activities of drivers and other personnel
  • work for police, fire and health departments; other emergency service agencies; taxi, delivery and courier services; trucking and utilities companies; and other commercial and industrial establishments
Common job titles
  • clerk, car assignments
  • clerk, yard
  • communications officer - emergency services
  • co-ordinator, inbound / outbound freight
  • dispatcher, boat / tugboat
  • dispatcher, emergency services



  • receive requests for emergency assistance or service and contact ambulances, police and fire departments, tow-trucks, and utility crews
  • process and transmit information and instructions to co-ordinate the activities of vehicle operators, crews and equipment using a variety of computer-aided communications and dispatching equipment
  • dispatch personnel according to written schedules and work orders, or as required by emergency situations
  • advise vehicle operators of route and traffic problems such as construction, accidents, congestion, weather conditions, weight and size restrictions and other information
  • operate radio equipment to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations
  • monitor personnel workloads and locations
  • maintain vehicle operator work records using computerized or manual methods and ensure time sheets and payroll summaries are completed accurately
  • maintain computer and manual records of mileage, fuel use, repairs and other expenses, and generate reports.


Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or hospital.

Career paths and resources

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