CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
FIRE EQUIPMENT DISPATCHER II
This emergency radio communications work at the first supervisory level on an assigned
shift, having responsibility overseeing the receipt of requests for fire and medical emergency
services and the dispatching of appropriate personnel and apparatus. One position also is
responsible for new street assignments, file procedural changes and maintenance of files and
records. Work is performed under the supervision of a higher level fire equipment dispatcher.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Assigns employees to the operation of any of a variety of fire communications equipment
through which requests for emergency fire, medical and other services are received and
equipment dispatched in answer to such requests; coordinates the operations activities of the fire
radio room; advises employees on which fire and rescue companies to dispatch in multiple alarm
fires or other serious emergencies where apparatus demands are great; receives information on
fire ground conditions and relays information to fire ground companies, fire marshal's office and
federal, state and local agencies which may be involved.
- Meets with the other shift supervisors and superior to discuss the activities and problems
of the fire radio room.
- Instructs new employees in the methods and procedures used in the work and in the
operation and routine maintenance of the various types of communication equipment.
- Tests or assigns the testing and inspection of fire communications equipment located in
the fire communications center.
- Maintains routine records and log of operation on attendance, local and box alarms,
defective fire alarm boxes, false alarm reports and other pertinent information.
- May be assigned on a continuing basis to determining new street assignments, to making
procedural changes pertaining to record maintenance, and to updating various emergency radio
operations files and statistical records.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles, practices, methods and procedures used in operating a variety of fire radio
- fire station locations, the location of the principal fire hazards in the city and the physical
layout of the city with regard to the dispatching of apparatus or medical units.
- the operation and routine maintenance of the fire alarm system equipment.
- plan the work of, train and supervise a group of employees engaged in receiving and
dispatching fire, medical and other emergency messages on an assigned shift.
- think clearly and act quickly in emergency situations.
- prepare and maintain routine clerical records and reports.
- speak clearly and distinctly.
- express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 11/72.)
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
- Three years of experience operating a variety of fire communications equipment, two
years of which has been above the trainee level.
- Additional experience may be substituted for the required training on a year for year
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
PAY RANGE: 16
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision: 8/1989
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