Good afternoon folks! I hope everyone is having a great day. This week on Within the Trenches I sat down with Trista of Allegan County Central Dispatch to tell her story. We talked about how she got into the profession of emergency services as well as how callers can screw up her name. We touched on the many questions we ask and how the night shift of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. can bring horror over the radio. “SHOTS FIRED” is something we never want to hear yelled over the radio but it comes with the job. We describe two incidents that occurred and how we felt during those calls. This is a must listen and make sure to comment. For up to date information on new episodes and more from Within the Trenches, please ‘Like’ Jabber Log on Facebook. You can also subscribe to the show on iTunes or stream it 24/7 on Stitcher. As always if you have any questions or if you would like to be on the show, you can email me at email@example.com. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 2 years ago
Episode 148 features Adam Timm of The Healthy Dispatcher. This episode was recorded at the 2017 Michigan NENA conference in Lansing. In this episode Adam reflects on his dispatch career that spanned over 10 1/2 years in Los Angeles, California. He focuses on how stress from the job turned him into what his co-workers called him, “Angry Adam” and how going to classes to help deal with his stress helped him drop his angry persona and helped him realize his calling in helping his fellow dispatchers become less stressed and focus on their health and mental wellness.
This is a must listen! As always if you have any comments, questions or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Adam Timm and The Healthy Dispatcher see the links below.
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- Adam’s 9-1-1 story
- To judge or not to judge
- The death of “Angry Adam”
- The rise of The Healthy Dispatcher
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
How smart are kids these days? I would say, judging from my 7 year old, that kids are very smart. I’m sure my parents said the same thing when I was younger and I’m sure I thought I was awesome but now I’m the adult and I’m paying for it. My 7 year old Logan comes up with some interesting thoughts and concepts. There are times where I have to have him repeat it because it’s so out there, yet logical, that it takes me a moment to wrap my brain around it. He’s does great in math and he reads a grade level higher than others in school. I can’t even spell anything out in adult conversation because he’s already putting it together. It’s crazy how fast he picks things up.
One evening my wife and I were making Spagetti for dinner and he was saying that he did not want any cheese because he doesn’t like square cheese. I laughed at him and said,
“Buddy, you love cheese.”
“Yeah, but not square cheese.”
“Well, mom is shredding it up right now so it’s no longer a square.”
“The shredded pieces are the shape of a rectangle so it’s still somewhat of a square.”
I froze and I felt my face get hot. I looked at my wife as she tried her hardest to hold back from laughing.
“He got you there Rich.”
What else could I say? He got me and all I could do was laugh and think, “Crap! This kid is too smart for his own good.”
He’s clever and blows my mind at times. He also listens way more than I realize. I mean, we as adults speak in front of our kids and either use codes or spell things out in order to converse without them knowing what exactly is going on. It’s not until they repeat something you’ve said that you realize your kid has been paying attention the whole time. For example, Logan and I had gone to the store and a song came on the radio where the female lead singer was screaming into the mic.
“Dad, are you sure that’s a girl?”
“Yeah buddy, I saw this band live and they’re all girls.”
“Wow, they’re awesome!”
“Heck yeah! I wonder how they can scream like that without hurting their throats?”
“Well dad…I guess they just put their back into it.”
I busted up laughing. Once again he got me. I always say, “Put your back into it”, and I don’t ever think he’s paying that much attention to what I say but when he repeated it without skipping a beat it cracked me up. Kids are pretty clever and when they read it makes it harder to hide certain things. Another example of how smart kids are comes from a conversation between my wife and our son.
“Logan, can you bring me my vitamins?”
“Yeah, I’ll open it and bring it to you.”
“I don’t think you can open it Logan. It’s child-proof.”
Logan opens the bottle and brings it to his mom.
“Logan, how’d you do that?”
“Mom, it’s only child-proof for kids who can’t read. See, it tells you how to open it on the bottle.”
How true is this? I mean, seriously? The only reason stuff is child-proof is because at a young age kids have not yet learned to read. The directions are right out in the open for adults because we can read. See…kids are a lot smarter than us. They learn new and advanced subjects a lot earlier than we did because kids absorb things like a sponge. It’s amazing how much information they take in and distribute and they are doing this without the burden of every day life. I think they could take over the world if we let them. The only reason we stay in power is because we’re bigger. So, how many of you have dealt with a similar situation? How many of you see yourself in your kids when their doing something clever. I know I’ve seen myself many times through my son. He is in fact a version of myself at that age, but he’s evolving and surpassing me. It’s definitely a sight and something great to experience.Post Views: 453
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Horror movies are my genre of choice. Out of all things horror, my favorites involve Zombies. Almost anything that deals with a Zombie Apocalypse is good in my book. The leaders of my fascination have to be, “The Walking Dead” on AMC and the video game, “Left 4 Dead” on the Xbox 360. If something like this really happened, I would expect it to look how it’s portrayed on the previously mentioned show or game.
So what if it really happened? Where would you go? If you were split from your family or group what would you do? Since we were kids we were told that if we were ever lost to stay in one place. Eventually someone would find you but this never involved zombies. Would you stay in one place in hopes that your group would find you or would you leave? Your chances are rather slim if you head out by yourself but what if you’re given the task of scouting ahead for the group? Or what if you’re simply lost?
If you happen to find something of use or importance to others you’re obligated to leave some sort of message right? This obligation is what interests me the most. You’re alone and separated from your family or group, you get to a spot where you think others will head, and you leave a note for them to find. What would your note say? I think it would be very interesting to see what your responses would be. I would like for you to put yourself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and think about what you would do to survive. If you reached safety or what was thought to be safe, what message would you leave for other survivors?
What I want to do is document all of your notes on a new blog. You submit the message you would leave and I will post it for others to read. You can name where you live right now as a starting point or you can use any location you want. The point is to dive into your imagination and come up with notes that you would leave for others to read. Maybe someone will stumble upon your message and give an update on the current state of that specific location. You could even leave tips on how to take down a zombie. It’s up to you and it’s all about interaction and participation. The more that participate, the more interesting it will be. If this sounds confusing I will give you an example.
“It’s crazy out here babe. I made it to Holland Police Department but it’s empty. I hope you see this. I’m heading south to Saugatuck. The state police has a post there.”
In the above example, I have left a message for my loved one and anyone else who may pass through. I want to see something like this from you, the readers, of this new blog. It can be anything you want but it has to be within the scope of a Zombie Apocalypse. Let’s dig deep folks. It’s time to let your imagination and creativity flow. If you were in this horrific scenario, what would you leave behind? What would your note say?
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