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By Ricardo — 8 months ago
Ep 155 features Dee, a dispatcher out of the city of Rockport, Texas. In this episode Dee shares her 9-1-1 story as well as what it was like to work in dispatch during Hurricane Harvey. Rockport was ground zero for this hurricane and her story is an amazing one. From the city running out of resources to no cell service for weeks, Dee, along with her crew and those on the road worked hard. But what if you have to tell someone no to a request for help? In dispatch you don’t tell people no but in this situation…there is no other option.
This is a must listen. To Dee, her crew, those out on the road and the TERT team that came out to assist, thank you for what you do and thank you for sharing this story. As always, if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Dee’s 9-1-1 story
- Hurricane Harvey
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good morning folks and happy Fourth of July! Today is a grand day. It is our Independence Day. Be proud to be part of this great country folks! We are definitely freer than most countries and I am personally grateful for that. I would like to thank our Fore Fathers, those in the military, and everyone who took part in making this day special. With that said I want to thank those in Ancient China who invented something that has been a staple of our Independence Day and every major holiday. This invention is also the cause of many headaches and neighbor disputes.
According to whoinventedit.net, “Fireworks are said to have originated in ancient China. The popular story goes that a cook mixed together saltpeter, charcoal and sulphur. The mix started burning. The cook went a step further and placed it in a bamboo tube. It exploded and the first fireworks came to be.” The use of fireworks has always been fun but recently they have been the cause of fires. Take for instance a fire that occurred this past Sunday in Kentwood, Mich. that destroyed a local church. WOOD TV8 spoke with the Kentwood police chief stating, “authorities have determined a blaze that devastated St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church was probably caused by fireworks.” Adding to the complaint of fireworks comes a new law that was recently passed in Michigan where the original was amended to expand the types of fireworks that may be sold. The explanation of the new law can be found at michigan.gov.
The law causes a major concern of ongoing firework use because of the heat wave that has smothered West Michigan. Dry conditions and firework sparks can be a lethal combination. Adding to this is a small part of the new law in reference to the use of fireworks and how it will be enforced. This portion of the law reads,
“MCL 28.457(2) allows local units of government to enact an ordinance regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks; however, an ordinance enacted shall not regulate the use of consumer fireworks on the day before, the day of, or the day after a national holiday.
National holidays, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 6103, are:
- New Year’s Day, January 1.
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.
- Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday in February.
- Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.
- Independence Day, July 4.
- Labor Day, the first Monday in September.
- Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.
- Veterans Day, November 11.
- Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.
- Christmas Day, December 25.”
So what does this mean for tonight and tomorrow night? Well folks, it means that if people are setting off fireworks tonight into the wee hours or tomorrow, the police can’t do anything about it. Unless your property is in direct danger you will get to listen to pops and booms that come as close as we will ever get to living within a warzone. So happy Fourth of July and make sure to take your sleeping pills or drink some booze because it’s going to be a long night. Cheers!
Err…wait a minute. One last thing people. If you happen to call 9-1-1 for annoying fireworks and they tell you that nothing can be done, please don’t shoot the messenger. You might just end up talking to me and well…I’m just doing my job.Post Views: 93
By Ricardo — 3 years ago
I am Rob McMullen, ENP, your current North-Central Regional Director. Serving on the NENA Executive Board for the past two years has been an honor. I am pleased with the accomplishments of the association during my tenure on the board. Increasing membership and ENPs, creation of the TC Caucus and telecommunicator membership category, and attempting to standardize telecommunicator training are a few things that I think have really strengthened our great association. But there is more work to be done. I want to be a part of the future growth and enhancement. My experience has prepared me for the new challenge of running for NENA 2nd Vice President.
NENA is more than just an association to me, it is a resource and lifeline for PSAPs and telecommunicators. I recognized after attending my first Indiana state NENA conference in 2003 that NENA provided an opportunity to network and enhance training in the 9-1-1 industry. I knew I wanted to be a part of this association and their mission. I got involved in state conference planning and then ran for state office, becoming president of the Indiana Chapter in 2008. I couldn’t stop there. I attended my first national level conference and I was hooked! TDC/ODC was not what I had expected. It was a working conference and they wanted MY help. I was blown away by the opportunities to develop policy and procedures for the industry. I started in the public education and training committee; worked on joint NENA/APCO focus groups sharing 9-1-1 operational information with many private companies rolling out new products and services; chaired the devices and sensors working group and co-chaired the Contingency Planning sub-committee. I also participated in the last revision of the ENP Reference Manual. My work on national committees taught me that it is vital that the PSAP has a voice on the board. That motivated me to run for North-Central Regional Director and is motivating me to take the next step in running for NENA 2nd Vice President. I am the voice of the PSAP and I take that responsibility seriously.
NENA hasn’t only helped in my job, but also in my career. I started as a dispatcher in 1998, became a dispatch supervisor in 2003 and a center director in 2011. I believe that my NENA training and experience, ENP and CMCP played a big factor in landing the job as the 9-1-1 Director of Vigo County 9-1-1. Going from Dispatcher to Director gives me the perspective needed to act as an advocate for the PSAPs and the telecommunicators in our association, as well as for management and operations. My 17 years’ experience in the 9-1-1 industry demonstrates constant personal growth and development. I have worked in small and average sized centers and have a unique understanding of the concerns and issues facing the majority of PSAPs in North America and beyond.
I have been a featured speaker at local, state and national public safety conferences. I have had the opportunity to travel to different chapter conferences in my region and have learned that 9-1-1 works differently in different areas, but that there are many commonalities. This is a great industry full of wonderful people.
My involvement in NENA has required personal commitment and dedication, and the rewards have been great. I have developed lifelong friendships, acquired a vast knowledge of 9-1-1, enhanced my career and even honed my “people skills”. I have been a part of something great and want to continue to serve in this new capacity for NENA.
I look forward to earning your trust and hope that I can count on your vote. A vote for me for NENA 2nd VP is a vote for every PSAP in North America!
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