Important Radio Procedure

Strat Training is known for its training in Health and Safety with regards to first aid training, fire fighting, dangerous goods handling and transportation, and equipment. However, Strat Training is not only successful in training these various courses, we also offer training in marketing, chairmanship, and for this article, radio procedures.


Radio may seem like a somewhat simple and easy task but there are certain procedures that need to be learnt and followed in order to successfully execute a radio show. An important first point to remember is that it is easy to be repetitive on the radio so just keep in mind to get your message across and say what needs to be said.

Common radio behaviours need to be practised so that day to day procedures are so well known that in emergency situations, you are able to handle them with ease. Radios are most necessary and relied upon in cases of emergency and a clearly guided five step process is used when communicating which includes:

  1. Provide the radio station call sign of the station that you are calling
  2. State “This is” and follow with your message
  3. Provide your radio call sign
  4. Provide your message
  5. End the conversation with “Clear”


It is extremely important that these five steps are not missed are confused because your message will not be received properly. When you communicate your message, be sure to speak clearly and to not speak too fast. Take pauses between your message so that it is more clear and relatable to the other side.


The above mentioned procedures need to be followed on a daily basis so as to be well practised with radio procedures. There are more rules and exceptions for radio during emergencies. These rules just ensure more care is taken with the message being relayed. Holding the open mike button down for at least one second, thinking clearly about what you are going to say before opening mike, and ensuring that you know who you are speaking to are some of the more detailed parts of the emergency steps.

An important quick note to remember is “accuracy first, speed second”. Even though an emergency situation increases the speed of your brain, adrenalin, the environment, and so forth, it does not help anything or anyone in this kind of a situation. The entire practice will be of no use to you if the person on the other side of the radio does not hear or understand your message.

Strat Training offers a Radio Procedure course where the entire guide of procedures, emergencies, and more will be discussed and taught in great detail. For more information, you can follow this link to their course directory where you can research more about the topic as well as contact Strat Training directly to discuss what your are looking for.

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