Welcome back for episode 31 of The AudioVillains Podcast. In this episode we take a trip down memory lane to when we were back in high school. We visit the fights that we were involved in and how Ed looks in his eighth grade picture. There is more to come as I catch up on all of the episodes so stay tuned!
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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
After hosting Within the Trenches’ first conference appearance three years ago in Florida and sending about a dozen interviewees Ricardo’s way, I’ve luckily managed this whole time to stay away from the mic myself. Well, he has finally talked me into taking the baby step of being a guest blogger here to let you all know about the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) Navigator 2015 Conference (http://www.emergencydispatch.org/NAVIGATOR/) this week in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I will be presenting a session on dispatcher stress coping mechanisms and therapies like EMDR and Psychodrama.
I’m Tom, from the Cool Kids of 9-1-1 (Shameless Plug #1: www.facebook.com/CoolKidsof911). After 24 years in this industry, I’m certainly not a kid anymore, and have probably long ago lost any grip on “cool” I might have thought I once held. But give us a “like” and check out all of our other social medias on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. Our good friend Dispatch Dana helps us with those sites and hashtags. We post about current 9-1-1 events almost daily, and aren’t afraid to be a little edgy with our opinions, photos, commentary, and parody songs. You definitely want to see the parody song video.
Now, I have to say that IAED’s Navigator Conference is my personal favorite of all the major conferences, for a number of reasons. The frequency of it being held in Las Vegas is just one of them. The vendor show is always packed with companies displaying their latest products, the camaraderie of being among other like-minded public safety protocol-believing users, and some truly entertaining and inspiring educational sessions, if I may be so bold to claim so on my fellow presenters’ behalf. Navigator is the conference where I first met PSTC’s Kevin Willett and Lexipol’s Gordon Graham. They have both been instrumental in helping to fulfill my dream of hosting them locally in South Florida at our annual pre-NPSTW miniature training conference (“the Mini C”). All of the presenters are very approachable, and willing to hand out their business cards and contact information for further discussions. Last year I presented 9-1-1:101 The College Classroom Experience, a how-to guide to start a dispatch academy with your local community or state college (Shameless Plug #2: www.911DispatchAcademy.com OnLine class starting August24th!). I also presented Your PSAP is a 747, relating lessons learned from airplane crash investigations and crew resource management and mistake prevention techniques in a 9-1-1 dispatch center.
For this year’s Navigator, on Thursday April 30th, at 1:45pm, I will be joined by Dr. Marlo Archer of the Arizona Psychodrama Institute for a session titled Up From the Pavement, which is named after her self-published book (Shameless Plug #3: www.lulu.com 30% off through May 28, no code required!). Our session will be focusing on stress identification and coping mechanisms for dispatchers, as they relate to the 8 points of the NENA Stress Standard NENA-STA-002, and in light of Dr. Marlo’s own personal experience on the other side of a 9-1-1 call. In 2008, Dr. Marlo was run over by a Buick while on her motorcycle. She chronicled the traumatic injury and her amazing recovery from it, in a series of blog posts that were then compiled into her book. The crash also gave her plenty of time alone with her thoughts to be reflective on her life and family relationships woven in stories throughout the book.
Did you know NENA had a Stress Standard? The handout we are giving out lists the 8 points of this standard, and the document can become item #1 in your On-Site PSAP Educational Materials Library; something you really can take with you! You should be getting at least 8 hours of Stress Management training every year (hey, we’re giving you your first one of these, too!). Are your Communications personnel participating in Critical Incident Stress Management events? Do you have an Employee Assistance Program? How about a Personal Health Incentivizing program? You can bet there will be console treadmills out on the vendor floor to try out.
“More important than any of these tools, however, is the telecommunications employee. The employee can work without any of that technology, but the technology is wholly dependent on the employee to carry out its function.”
These are some of the words that were on one of the final memos I wrote as a 9-1-1 Communications Manager. I don’t think “we” are taking care of our 9-1-1 employees as well as we should. I think we overlook those who are stressed out, and don’t pay enough attention to the real possibilities of compassion fatigue and PTSD in our colleagues and co-workers. Dr. Jim Marshall of the 911 Wellness Foundation introduced me to EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and Dr. Marlo has personally helped me with Psychodrama techniques.
Attendees appreciate a fast-moving presentation that delivers on what is promised in the brochure abstract. These one hour sessions aren’t a lot of time to delve deeply into these expansive topics. But they can be used to inspire further research, or open up communication with the presenters and share ideas and information. Another thing that bothers me is that often line-level employees who most need this information aren’t the ones chosen by their departments to attend these out of state conferences. I have also seen people in those positions use their time to have their own vacation rather than attend sessions and bring back this information to benefit their centers. To battle against this, my next 9-1-1 project will involve bringing these types of sessions directly to 9-1-1 public safety telecommunicators via an online format, hopefully this summer.
So, if you’re in Las Vegas this week, take a break from the evil slot machines, dice, and card games and come see our session and any of the others Wed-Fri April 29-May 1 at the Paris hotel. If you happen to catch me on a slot machine, please drag me away and we’ll go see a Cirque du Soleil show together!
Please visit the links below and check out Tom and Dr. Marlo on Thursday April 30th, at 1:45pm at the 2015 IAED’s Navigator Conference for a talk you don’t want to miss!
Up from the pavement handout (Navigator 2015) – Click here to downloadPost Views: 452
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Hey again, it’s Roger Dodger! I’m here to talk about the Ultimate Fighter Finale that happened on Saturday night. First and foremost I must mention that these fights were awesome. I love T.U.F. series, because the people who fight are fighting for a 6-figure income and a contract for the UFC. These guys will give it all they have to improve their lives. If you don’t know what the Ultimate Fighter show is about, then crawl out of that rock you have been living under and get caught up!!! T.U.F. is one of the best reality shows on TV. The UFC will pick 2 UFC fighters to train these up and coming stars to battle each other in the octagon. This show will give no name fighters a chance to prove themselves and make their name a “house hold name” in the UFC. I have a lot to say so I won’t explain the whole show, just look for reruns on Spike TV.
This T.U.F. finale fight card did not disappoint at all. These fights were fast paced and action packed. This season was all about the Bantamweights and Featherweights division and I’m thankful for these weight classes because these fighters are smaller, quicker, and very tough. Dana White made a great move bringing those guys into the UFC.
Ok, here are the fight results. I’m only going to mention the fights for the contract and the main event.
Jon Dodson vs. Tj Dillashaw
This fight was very quick. Both go in the middle of the Octagon and from there Jon Dodson set the pace for the fight. With Jon Dodson’s quickness Tj Dillashaw never stood a chance. This fight was over in a blink of an eye by Jon Dodson’s quick hands. Tj Dillashaw made it 1:54 of the 1st round and was KO’ed. Congratulations Jon Dodson on the 6-figure contract and a nice glass trophy. I will be looking forward to all the exciting fights you will be giving us in the future.
Diego Brando vs. Dennis Bermudez
This fight was absolutely amazing! These two men did give us the best fight of the night (in my eyes)! They say anything can happen in a UFC fight and after this fight that saying is true. These two warriors gave it their all. Diego Brando and Dennis Bermudez both came out swinging! Back and fourth with these two then Diego Brando rocks Dennis Bermudez but he shakes it off and keeps going. Then Dennis Bermudez rocks Diego Brando and down he goes. Dennis pounces on Diego and starts going to town on his face, trying to end the fight. With all hope gone for Diego, Dennis makes the biggest mistake of his pro career. He left his arm wide open and out of nowhere, Diego grabs it, flips Dennis over to end the fight via arm-bar!!! Wow! This fight reminds me why I fell in love with MMA. Both of these men deserve a contract, but only one got it. Way to go Deigo Brando!!!
Now the main event of the evening. Micheal “The Count” Bisping vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Bisping and Miller were asked to be the coaches this season. These two are no strangers to the T.U.F., they were both in the T.U.F. season 3 together and hated each other. And the hatred grew as this season went on. The trash talking, the pranks, and the water squirting was just enough fuel for both of them to go in and give us one hell of a fight, but that’s not what happened. The first round was decent; Miller was able to take down Bisping, which is shocking because Bispings take down defense is top notch. But all Miller did was lay on top of him and did just enough so the ref wouldn’t stand them up, but Bisping was able to get up and start getting some points in with his superb stand up game. Round 1 done and Bisping looked frustrated and Miller looked tired. The first round was the only round Miller did anything. Start of the second round and Bisping did what Bisping does best; beat the crap outta Miller. All Miller could do was go on the ground and cover up. Bisping just picked Miller apart with his dominate boxing skills. It was like that for the second and third rounds. Miller gave up…you could see it between rounds and while he was getting punched. Finally the ref steps in at 3:34 of the third round and stopped the most embarrassing fight Miller ever fought. Miller should stick to his T.V. show and give up on MMA. My hat is off to you Bisping, you might be the biggest A-hole in the UFC but good job.
That’s it. If you didn’t get to see this fight card I’m sure they will air it again soon so keep your eyes out for it. You can follow me on Twitter @rogmar865 and I will try to give breaking news (I work Mon-Fri in the mornings so I will try my best to update around that time.) Thanks for reading.Post Views: 461
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello everyone! I posted yesterday on the Within the Trenches Facebook fan page that there was a big announcement coming up and I want to announce it here. Dispatch Magazine Online recently posted a short article on our upcoming Google Hangouts and that we are looking for dispatchers and 9-1-1 related companies to be guests on the show. Well, I am happy to announce that several people have contacted me and new things are coming.
First off I want to thank Gary of Dispatch Magazine Online for the article. I credit him and his publication in the success of this show dating back to when I had 36 hours left in my Kickstarter campaign and the article back then helped me reach my goal. Second, not only do we have our first Google Hangout coming up but also we have been contact by dispatchers and a group that hosts a 9-1-1 dispatch explorers program out of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. They are the only ones in the country that I know of that are doing a dispatch explorers program and I have to say that I am more than intrigued.
We have also partnered up with 911Trainer.com to share each other’s links, and interests. It is a great opportunity for us both! On top of that we have dispatchers from California, Washington and Texas that want to take part in upcoming episodes so stay tuned! Big things are happening and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be doing this and that Whitney and I have the opportunity to share your stories. As more news comes in I will update you. Make sure to look out for our first Hangout coming December 19th. We will post up links, as this episode will be live. If you have any questions or want to take part, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on 911Trainer.com and Dispatch Magazine Online please see the links below.
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