Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Police Radio Dispatch and Combined Emergency Services Training Centre officially opened

13 July 2021

Tasmania Police’s new $2 million Radio Dispatch Centre has been officially opened as part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

The RDS processes on average over 1500 emergency and inquiry calls a day, and had occupied the same workspace for more than 30 years since the original opening in July 1990.

We want to be able to provide our hard-working and high-quality RDS staff with best-practice technology and equipment and the new upgrade allows us to do that.

Funding was supplied via our $567 million TasGRN project, with the floor that RDS occupies redeveloped to create a new space for RDS operations together with development of a business continuity and training site specifically for Ambulance and Fire.

The site also provides a space for the invaluable training of other agencies involved in the TasGRN project such as SES, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Hydro, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Tas Networks.

State of the art, ultra-wide screen monitors have been installed in the new centre, which allow for seamless vision of all of the required computer applications associated with taking emergency calls and dispatching units.

The new layout also allows for the emergency call takers, emergency dispatchers and call support operators to work as a team to collectively receive, triage and allocate in a seamless process.

Multiple CCTV traffic cameras across Tasmania are also connected to provide visual information on evolving situations and resource movement. 

I would like to thank all of our hardworking and dedicated emergency services personnel who work around the clock to keep our community safe.