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What are the top 3 traits or skills every dispatcher must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your dispatcher expertise?

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flip in Knoxville, Tennessee

87 months ago

People Person. You will be dealing with a variety of people with a variety of personalities.

Good knowledge of geography. To me this is a no-brainer.

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Priscilla Smith AKA The Lambchop

87 months ago

I agree with the previous poster, number one is to multi-task, if you can't do that, forget about it! Next is the ability to hear what is being said rather than just hearing "noise" and yes, thirdly, the desire to be on top of your game and be proficient at your job. There is a big difference between being a dispatcher and being a good dispatcher.

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real mike in Aurora, Colorado

70 months ago

You have to multi task very important,plus show dependability when under stress,take tasks in order of importance and see that jobs are completed,show that you can handle different clients and customers with the same respect and proffesionalism

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wldflremd in Glendale, Arizona

64 months ago

Scott Baker 1 in Canton, Ohio said: When very busy write things down and follow up accordingly. That helps with what the army dispatcher suggested.

I am an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. We primarily anwser 911 calls and dispatch ambulances. We "never" write down the calls we receive, we type them straight into the CAD as we receive the address from the RP. That way you are sure an ambulance will be dispatched to that location and not be forgotten on a piece of paper admist the chaos.

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Blaine Heldt in Sicamous, British Columbia

53 months ago

James Durrant in Kingston, Ontario said: Multi Tasking
Time Management
Self Motivation

Thats my top 3 from being a dispatcher in the army

people sklls
geographical knowledge
vendor contacts & retension

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