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October 4, 2011

The following is a new Tactical Dispatch policy. Station Chiefs and Crew Captains will review the policy at each of your upcoming monthly meetings.

The purpose of Tactical Dispatch TD is to assist the Incident Commander and other Command Post personnel with large scale or otherwise significant incidents. Additional, by supporting the incident at the scene, TD members are able to shift the workload of the incident away from the Communications Center.

Examples of situations where TD may be utilized include: MCI’s, large grass fires, structure fires, severe weather, hazmat, train derailment, hostage situations, barricaded subjects, high risk warrant service, shootings and special events. TD will assist with on-scene communication, resource management, logistical support, documentation, and various related tasks as dictated by the incident.

TD is activated by the Incident Commander through the Communication Center via telephone.
At least one TD member will respond. If a TD member is on duty, that team member may request to be relieved at the Communications Center. The TD will not leave Communications until a replacement has arrived. The TD member closest to Communications will retrieve necessary equipment and information pertaining to the call. TD members will report to the Incident Commander upon arrival to receive assignment.

Once on scene TD will:
1. Begin logging information as it becomes available.
2. Keep the Incident Commander informed of developments with the scene including weather updates.
3. Report any changes in unit status
4. Call for additional resources as needed and requested by the Incident Commander
5. Perform any other duties relative to the situation.
IDT members will wear BDU pants or jeans, boots or tennis shoes (no sandals or flip flops), shirt or jacket identifying affiliation. Traffic vests are to be worn at all times in areas of low visibility and on any public road or highway.

Participation as a TD is voluntary; therefore team members do not receive on-call pay. Team members are compensated as volunteer firefighters for call-outs, training and any TD related activities. TD members receive specialized training and participate in periodic training drills. In addition, TD may attend certain Fire and EMS meetings, public events, and other non-emergency functions.

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