We visit some dispatch radio hijinks and some new things coming to the show and the fan page. Get ready for a very funny episode that includes bloopers at the end so make sure to check it out. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can follow us on Twitter @wttpodcast and ‘Like’ us on Facebook!
Episode topics –
- Welcome back Whitney
- Dispatch radio hijinks
- Caller karaoke
- Bloopers (at the end of the show)
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
For years now I have heard this after saying what I do for a living, “Wow, that sounds interesting. So what’s your best or worst call?” Now, I’ve heard this many times and at first I was annoyed with it. I never wanted to say what I did for a living but then I thought about it. Why exactly do people want to know about what I do? The general public’s curiosity made me even more curious. After talking to several people I found out that they want to know because it’s not something you hear about that often. What we do for a living is very interesting and people really want to hear our stories.
All this curiosity has made me more than happy to talk about what I do. I’ve been in this line of work for a long time and I have heard just about everything you can think of. I’ve taken suicidal calls, medical calls, shootings, funny calls, car chases, and many more. I could blow your mind with the calls I’ve taken and you would be left with the question, “How do you do this for a living?” My answer would be, “It’s what I do and I’m damn good at it.” I have also shared moments with my work family that will never be forgotten and to explain it to someone would only scratch the surface of those specific moments. It’s these stories that I want to share with people; the calls you don’t hear and are curious about.
One time I was working the night shift with two of my co-workers. The night was rather calm and I was on radios. We talked throughout the night, which seemed to drag on, and a trooper keys up on the radio and says that he’s checking a residence for a girl that was possibly being held there by her boyfriend. I asked if he wanted any status checks and he said he was 10-5. This means that he doesn’t need any status checks. My co-workers and I went back to chatting and a couple minutes into the call an officer yelled something that no one ever wants to hear.
“SHOTS FIRED, SHOTS FIRED, OFFICER HIT.”
I can’t describe the feeling that went over me but my co-workers and I jumped into action to get an ambulance out to the scene to stage and direct other officers to assist those who were out at the house. It was unnerving to be in the dark of what was going on out there. We knew the gist but the specifics were unclear. We helped by looking up info on the house and it’s possible occupants. Anything the officers asked for we did it. After that we sat there as each officer called out his or her perimeter location. The standoff lasted past our shift and when I got home I couldn’t sleep. After a while I had to force myself to go to bed. When I woke up I looked online for the news story. It turned out that the suspect was arrested, one person died, and the officer who was shot was fine.
Moments like this happen at any time and I’ve seen my fair share. My experience in dispatch is not only interesting but it’s amazing. It’s something I want to share with everyone and I want you, the readers of this blog, to know more about what we as 9-1-1 dispatcher’s go through during these moments. It is also the basis of a Kickstarter project I started that will include a live podcast featuring the stories of 9-1-1 dispatchers. This podcast would give you a better idea of what we do and deal with. It will also start with dispatch but eventually I would like to add police, fire, and EMS. I will provide a link below to the Kickstarter page for pledges and rewards. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. My fellow dispatchers and I have many stories and this is just one way you can hear about them.
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By Ricardo — 2 years ago
Ep 129 of the podcast features Jerry, Chair of the Board of Accreditation for the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, the organization charged with setting standards, establishing curriculum, and conducting research for public safety dispatch worldwide and Mike, who is the Digital and Social Media Content Editor of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. In this episode we share medical dispatch stories, learn about the IAED and their upcoming 2017 NAVIGATOR conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. They will be featuring the podcast at the conference and I will be giving a class called, “Keep Broadcasting Your Message.”
The Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship is up and the IAED and I are going to be pushing it hard. The deadline is February 15, 2017 and it’s an opportunity that you do not want to miss out on. Below you will find out what you can get from the scholarship and a link on where to apply. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com.
Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship – Web
Scholarship includes –
- Complimentary registration to the NAVIGATOR 2017 Conference
- Complimentary registration for a one-day pre-conference course of choice at NAVIGATOR 2017
- A $500 travel stipend
- Official Within the Trenches T-shirt
Episode topics –
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- How Jerry got into public safety?
- How Mike got into public safety?
- Medical dispatch stories
- What is the IAED?
- What is the NAVIGATOR Conference
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The JCast on Jabber Log started out as a podcast that would cover a show featuring the AudioVillains. This show is full of humor, serious topics and adult content. It has gained many followers and currently the show is making a comeback with episode 27, which will be live on Spreaker. Since the inception of the JCast the podcast has added two shows and is growing fast.
The first show is Within the Trenches, which is based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. This show has exploded with my co-host Whitney and I spreading the word on what it is really like to answer the call. We play real 9-1-1 tapes, answer listener questions and we interview other dispatchers from around the United States and other countries. The show is currently making the rounds of 9-1-1 conferences and was recently at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton Florida.
The next show is called the RandomCast. This show features random guests discussing random topics. Some episodes can be explicit and in order for you to know beforehand, each episode will start with a warning of the three A’s. This includes Adult Content, Adult Language and Awesomeness. Each episode lasts between 20-30 minutes but if we get on a good topic the episode will go longer.
I am very happy to say that each show is doing well. They are doing so well that there is even a storefront for Within the Trenches merchandise and campaigns going for official AudioVillains t-shirts and limited edition Within the Trenches tees. You can follow the links below for each item and remember that with each purchase the money goes to the funding of the shows found on the JCast of Jabber Log. Thank you very much for the support!
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