Good afternoon and this is a special edition of the RandomCast. A few weeks ago my brother Fernando a.k.a. Chando, flew up to visit for a week. We had an excellent time! His visit also fell on the week of our fathers birthday and my last day in dispatch. We spent the rest of the time hanging out and grilling and we even had some time to record this RandomCast. In this episode we are joined by two of his childhood friends. Martin and Hector added some excellent humor to the show and we took a trip down memory lane to see how they met and what happened when Chando moved away to Florida.
Get ready for crude humor and life lessons. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Good morning fellow Jabber Loggers! Welcome to another edition of Tech Thursday! Today we look at an invention that was brought to the big screen in Back to the Future. The invention was crazy and unbelievable! No, I’m not talking about Doc’s time machine, I’m talking about his mind reading helmet. His invention involved the use of a helmet that was attached to some sort of computer like contraption and it had a cord with a suction cup that would stick to a subjects forehead. The suction cup would send whatever thoughts the subject was thinking to Doc’s helmet thus allowing him to read that persons mind. His invention did not work as we all saw in the movie, which is good because what he did invent was time travel.
The idea of a mind reader has not gone away though. In fact, someone has invented a similar mind reading device called the “iBrain.” The device consists of a headband that reads your brainwaves. According to Mashable, iBrain was invested by a team at NeroVigil. The company, based in San Diego, is led by neuroscientist Dr. Phillip Low. There have been break-through’s with this device and the team also has physicist Stephen Hawking onboard for testing. There is a long way to go before the device is perfected but rest assure that the team behind iBrain is doing everything they can to bring this to the public and help those with disabilities such has Hawking.
So what do you think? It sounds like a crazy idea but if it works and it can help the disabled I say bring it on! Back to the Future may have made Doc look like somewhat of a nutbag but maybe he was really onto something. Maybe someone is working on a DeLorean time machine too? Maybe not but we can only hope right? Make sure to check out the whole article on Mashable.com and the video below for a rundown on the iBrain. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
The past week has been a busy one. I’ve been doing the usual with work, school and family but I also had the chance to attend the annual NENA conference in Lansing, MI. NENA is the National Emergency Number Association. Those within the world of public safety gather each year for Michigan’s chapter of NENA to share ideas, visit with vendors and attend helpful workshops. This was my first conference. Out of the three-day event I was able to attend on two different days. It felt good to sit among my co-workers and peers. The first day began with motivational speakers from our line of work. The stories were great but the best part of the morning was honoring one of our own from St. Joseph County Central Dispatch. This veteran of 9-1-1 was honored that morning for her 17 years of service in public safety. The emotion could be felt throughout the room as she made her way to the front to accept her award. Recently she has been battling cancer but despite her illness she displayed a smile and attitude that lit the room with joy. She received a standing ovation. Not one person sat until she made her way back to her seat. I felt honored to have been present during her moment of recognition.
The day went on with workshops but it wasn’t until the last day of the conference that I was fully engaged. Two specific workshops brought forth new ideas and understanding between different organizations. The first was entitled Media – Public Safety Relationship, given by Ashley Wioskowski of WWMT News Channel 3. First off, I have to applaud her for giving this talk. She was alone in a room full of public safety workers and when it comes to the media we don’t always mesh. Picture the feud between the police agencies in the movie Super Troopers. Can you picture it? Well, it’s not exactly like that but you get the picture. If you think about it, it’s rather sad. We have a similar goal when it comes to the public and that’s really what Wioskowski was talking about. She wanted to help us understand her side and explained that we need to find a way to bridge the gap. The workshop helped me understand the media side and although Wioskowski announced to the room that she was nervous, she was very professional and I was impressed.
Dee Wachele and her colleagues of “911 The Number To Know“, a national education campaign out of Indiana, presented the following workshop. It was done in two parts and the topic of discussion was based on public education of 9-1-1. This was very interesting because my training coordinator and I had recently spoken about this. You would be amazed at how many people have no idea what we actually do in dispatch or what to do when an emergency occurs. Now, as much as I want to explain everything that was said during this workshop, I’m going to wait. My reason for waiting is because I want to compare your answers with what I know to the next question I’m going to ask. So…if you were given the opportunity to attend a 9-1-1 Public Education workshop, what would you like to learn? It might sound like a stupid question but not many schools out there teach our children about 9-1-1. There might even be some parts of 9-1-1 that you yourself are unaware of. Make sure to comment on this post so we can generate some discussion. Thank you very much to Michigan’s chapter of NENA for holding this conference once again. A big thanks also goes out to Dee Wachele, and Ashley Wioskowski for the excellent workshops and to Lois of St. Joseph County Central Dispatch. You’re strength, warm smile, and years of service made me proud to do what I do every day.
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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Good afternoon and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. Episode 82 is part of a series of episodes that were recorded last week during the 2015 NENA/APCO conference & expo. In this episode I got to speak with Amanda and Yvonne, dispatchers with Lafayette PD and part of this years Teamwork Award recipients. Both dispatchers shared their 911 story as well as their reaction to the call that went national when a male called 911 in Indiana for his fiancé that he was speaking to over Skype in New York and she passed out. Thanks to the excellent work of Amanda, Yvonne and their partner Mark they were able to get help to the caller’s fiancé in New York. Great job and you deserve this award. Thank you for all you do!
This is a must listen so check it out and share! As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show please email us at email@example.com.
Teamwork Award news story courtesy of WISH-TV
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