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An individual who dispatches, or facilitates, the exchange of information, typically via radio transmission. Dispatchers usually work at a central hub of an organization through which the organization's members channel information as it is acquired and processed.

In his Navajo detective novels, Tony Hillerman sometimes uses the anachronism "radioman" when referring to a dispatcher.

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"Santa Ana Fire Department, C. Jacques, dispatcher, November 1953," photo courtesy of Orange County Archives, is licensed under CC BY.

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