Good afternoon folks and holy crap! I just realized that I forgot to post up our most recent episode. I apologize but it has been a busy week for me and I’m getting to the end of my Masters program so my homework has been kicking my ass. So without further ado I present to you the AudioVillains! This week we talked about all kinds of topics including the Ghost Cities of China, Don Cheadle as Captain Planet, simulation theory and much more. This episode is full of laughs and I have included some YouTube vids that were mentioned in the podcast. Now, I have to warn you, two of the vids are laced with humor and adult language so if you don’t have a sense of humor don’t watch. But if you do then get ready to mess yourself. As always you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the black button on the left side. Cheers!
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(Bonus clip of Samuel L. Jackson reading a story book. *You’ve been warned of humor and language.*)
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
When you work somewhere for a long time it eventually feels like a second home. You build friendships, you laugh, you share stories and you bond. Hours and hours are spent with co-workers. So much time is spent with them that they become your second family. Everyone has his or her work family. This post is about mine. If you don’t already know from previous posts, I work as a 9-1-1 supervisor. What that means is that I not only do the duties of a 9-1-1 operator but I also oversee an entire team.
In the seven years that I have worked in dispatch I have bonded with my co-workers. We have become very close. This is also true for the rest of my work family. They include the county deputies, city officers, state troopers, EMS, and Fire. My work family is rather unique as you can tell. We have been through a lot together and some incidents can never be understood unless you speak to someone who is within our family. I know it seems odd to say that. You’re probably thinking, “Why wouldn’t anyone else understand?” Well, let’s look at a call I took in the past.
One of the worst calls I have ever taken dealt with an infant. Now, I have taken many calls involving infants but this one will stay with me for the rest of my life. I can’t go into a lot of detail but I had to give CPR instructions to a frantic mother whose infant was blue and not breathing. It was horrifying to hear her struggle through this. In the end the baby died. My Sgt. came up to ask if I was ok but all I wanted to know was what exactly happened. It may seem weird to know this but as dispatchers we don’t always know the end result or why. We go to the next call as soon as it comes in and the closure is lost. We ultimately need that closure. I have shared this story with those outside my profession and most people want to bypass it. It’s sometimes hard to talk to others but I suppose it’s like that in any profession. You simply want to speak to someone you work with and one who knows what you’re going through.
When you bond with your work family you are bound to feel for them the way you feel for your immediate family. If one of your own is hurt you will most likely feel their pain. When you lose someone from your work family it can be devastating. About a week ago or so one of our Sgt.’s passed away unexpectedly. It was a shock to our entire county. When something like this happens you quickly realize how strong of a bond you have with your work family. I can’t even begin to explain the emotions of everyone involved but we all came together to be there for his immediate family and to say farewell to our brother.
The funeral was something I have never experienced before. Sure, I have been to many funerals but this one involved law enforcement. I have never heard the sounds of bagpipes being played to honor the fallen and I have never heard an officers “last call”. Now, I don’t feel comfortable going into detail on what the “last call” entails but know that it brought my entire work family, including myself, to tears. It was hard to listen and what made me cry even more was hearing the emotions of everyone else. Just the sight of the officers that have always shown me zero emotion were shedding tears yet trying there hardest to fight them back. Afterward we walked over to where all the officers were standing and we hugged. There were no handshakes; there were only hugs and tears. It was in that moment that I realized how strong my bond was with my work family. See, it doesn’t matter where you work it’s the bonds you build while working there. My work family deals with the lives of others and we do everything we can to help keep the public safe. It may not always be appreciated but we do our jobs and we do it well. Our work families may be different but the point is the same. It’s all about the bonds we build. Thank you to everyone I work with for being the best damn work family anyone could have. Thank you to Sgt. Scott Tatrow for your years of service and the laughter and joy you brought to our work family as well as the public. May god bless your family and may you rest in peace.Post Views: 200
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Within the Trenches has been going strong for 44 episodes. It continues to grow in popularity and we are doing new things. For example, we are going to utilize a popular service called Google Hangouts On Air. Now this is something we have talked about before but now we are ready to jump in and bring dispatchers together to tell their stories and share tips. Episode 45 will be done over webcam and broadcasted live over the web. It will also be available on YouTube and iTunes. Below is a look at Hangouts On Air and the concept for what Within the Trenches Live is based on.
Other things we are doing involve topic related discussions that pertain to 9-1-1. We have already touched on PTSD, EMDR, Critical Incident Stress Management, TERT and more. These episodes have been very educational and we want to continue this. Our most recent episode featured Smart911. Matt, Senior Director of Product Management shared how the company started and the benefits to dispatch and the public.
So what are we looking for?
Well, we are looking for dispatchers and 9-1-1 related companies from all over to be guests on the show. We want to tell your story! If you are a dispatch center running a fundraiser and want to get the word out then we want to help. If you have a dispatcher who was chosen as dispatcher of the year then we want to interview them and share their story. If you have dispatch related questions and are looking for answers from others who take the call you can email them to us or send us a message on our Facebook page and we can post them anonymously so that others can help answer your question. If you are a training company who would like to share techniques on active shooters or suicidal callers then we want to speak to you!
Within the Trenches is about the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. We want to share your story, educate you and help the public understand what it means to take the call.
If you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show you can email us at email@example.com.Post Views: 211
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The idea of this project actually began several years ago. I had just started working at Allegan County Central Dispatch and I noticed a significant difference from my previous dispatch positions. The calls were more frequent and the intensity was heightened. I was taking calls that I would have never imagined being someone on the outside. One day I was messing around on my computer and I made a movie teaser trailer that consisted of a black background and words describing the job of a 9-1-1 dispatcher. I added music and posted it within Yahoo video’s and it was viewed many times. I even received comments saying that they couldn’t wait for summer of 2007 when this came out. Well this was simply an idea at the time and since then the idea has evolved.
I think the reason I kept up with it is because so many people had questions about my job and what I do. The curiosity of the public was so great that I felt the need to keep this idea alive. So, two years ago I created a video for my Digital Storytelling class that featured two of my co-workers. They shared a couple 9-1-1 stories and how they got into dispatching. From there the idea spawned an audio journalism piece as well as another video. The popularity of them and the curiosity of the public has pushed me to this Kickstarter project. People are interested in what we do as 9-1-1 operators and this is a way to let them in on our profession. I’m including the video that started my push and thank you all for pledging. I appreciate it more than you know. Keep sharing folks and we will hit the mark in no time.
Make sure to check out our Kickstarter project page and pledge and share!Post Views: 153