Radio Operator Training
This class provides hands-on and lecture-based training for the All-Hazards ICS RADO position.
It introduces public safety professionals and support personnel to various Radio Operator
concepts including radio etiquette, interoperable communications, dispatch operations and
emergency communications procedures. Participants develop the essential core competencies
used during incident response and planned events to perform the duties of the RADO in an allhazards
environment including communications support for public safety, wildfire, marine,
aviation and HF radio communications. The responsibilities of an All-Hazards RADO can
include staffing the Incident Communications Center, monitoring radio traffic, and base station
operations for emergency operations centers, hospitals, dispatch centers and non-governmental
organizations supporting civil emergency response at the state, local or regional level.
The course provides a realistic, hands-on approach to mastering the tasks and skills of an All-
Hazards RADO. It is designed for emergency response professionals and support personnel in all
disciplines who have a basic understanding of the all-hazard ICS communications unit. This
course is two days long and is limited to 20 students. Each attendee participates in hands-on
training exercises and receives a position task book.
Course Length: 16 hours
Course Manager: John Cheney
Course Timeline: 0800-1600 2 day course
Registration Information: https://public.iema.state.il.us/iema/Training/OnlineReg/Login.asp
Prerequisite: Personal Experience - awareness of fundamental public safety communications technology; IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 800; Recommend ICS 300
Target Audience/Discipline: Experienced communications and support personnel
Scheduled Classes: There are no scheduled dates for this course.
Please note: Applications for courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date.
If you want to learn more about the Training Program or are interested in attending a specific course, please contact your IEMA Regional Coordinator or Nancy Buck. Registration should be made in advance to attend any IEMA sponsored class. Walk-in registrations are only accepted if room space and course materials are available. To register for IEMA classes, please see the IEMA Online Registration and Tracking Program Page.