Welcome to a brand new episode of Within the Trenches. It has been a very busy week but I’m back! In this episode I sat down with Missy and Greg of Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA.) I met them during a training session a few weeks ago and I was impressed with them as well as the rest of the dispatchers and agency as a whole. We shared stories about their career, what High Performance EMS stands for and what it takes to run the agency. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to check below for links to our podcast promotion featuring, highperfomanceems.com.
Also remember that tomorrow is the day that the No 9 Needed campaign asks that you change your social media profile pictures to the No 9 Needed logo in support of Kari’s Law. For more information on Kari’s Law please follow this link.
Episode topics –
- Missy’s beginning
- Greg’s beginning
- What is High Performance EMS
- An overview of TRAA
- What it takes to dispatch
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Throughout this school year I have heard my 7 year old son talk about what he’s doing in P.E. He’s been doing things like roller skating and gymnastics. It sounds cool but what about all the fun games? Sure roller-skating is fun and learning how to tumble and flip is cool but where are all the fun games? You know, the ones I used to play when I was his age.
Let’s take a trip to the late 80’s and early 90’s. When I was in school I had the privilege of playing games like Mr. Mars. You remember that game right? If not, the game involved the entire class. One person would be chosen to be Mr. Mars. The rest of the class would line up on one side of the gym and yell out a question to Mr. Mars.
“Mr. Mars Mr. Mars may we travel through your stars?”
Mr. Mars would promptly respond with something like, “Yes you may, yes you may, if you have the color I say…Green!”
The kids would check to see if they were wearing the color green or any color that was chosen and haul butt to the other side of the gym. Mr. Mars would chase the kids running across and if he or she happened to tag one of them, they would have to sit down in the place they were tagged. Now, I don’t remember for sure but I think if someone were to touch another person who was previously tagged, that person could get up and run. The game would go until all students were tagged and then a new Mr. Mars would be chosen. That game was probably the best one I played as a kid.
There were many other games I played and I knew it would be a great day when I entered the gym to witness Ms. Dornak pulling a parachute out of a box. I remember it had holes, many holes. It looked as though moths had been eating it for years. The parachute was also camouflage and I don’t remember the name of the game or why it was fun but I remember we would all grab a hold of it, put it in the air and pull it down over us. I can still see my classmates and I laughing as the parachute slowly fell on top of us. Does anyone recall the name of this game and if there was a point to it? A similar game involved a parachute or cloth that was multicolored and a hole in the middle of it. Ms. Dornak would throw a whiffle ball onto whatever it was we were holding and we would move it up and down making the ball bounce in the air. I believe this was called Popcorn. Maybe these games were the same?
Either way, I had a great time in P.E. as a kid. The games were always fun until the dreaded day of Country dancing. Ugh! I remember walking into the gym and seeing the record player, yes, I said record player, sitting in the middle of the gym. There would also be cutouts of footsteps to show us how to dosey doe and swing your partner round and round. Argh! Well, at least we didn’t have to dress the part. Does anyone know if the schools do these games anymore? There were others that involved a huge beach ball, two teams, and it was like soccer but each player would have to do the crab walk. It might have been called Chinese Soccer but I’m not for sure. Are there any games you can think of? I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot. One more game I want to mention does not involve P.E. but it’s good enough to make the list here. So, do you remember, Heads Up 7up? You don’t? Well if I remember correctly, there were seven people who would stand up in front of the class. The students who were at their seats would put their heads down and put their thumb up. The seven students would run out and choose a person by putting their thumb down. Once all seven were back up front they would yell,
“Heads up 7up!”
Those who were chosen would try and guess who picked them and if they were correct they would have a turn to choose someone in the next round. If they chose wrong it would go to the next person and so on. It was a fun game! I don’t know if my son has played this or not but I’ll have to ask him. If you can remember any games please let me know. As I stated before, there are a lot of them out there. You can even mention some playground games like Red Rover, King of the Hill, and Football with a 5 apple rush. Remember those games? Ah, those were the days. Well folks, happy reading and make sure to comment and share!Post Views: 563
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Ever since I was a kid I have had a fascination with all things horror. I know, I’m a weirdo but it’s true. I dig what lurks in the darkness and things that go bump in the night. I grew up in Fennville, MI and my house was haunted. Now, I know that not everyone believes in ghosts or haunted houses but this home was definitely haunted. When you’re able to hear kids asking for help through the vents, it’s something that lets you know you’re not alone. There’s more to my house but I won’t go into it here. I already wrote a post on it but if you would like to read up on the scary things that happened you can click here. Throughout my childhood I watched a lot of scary movies. It seemed to go hand in hand with what I experienced at my house so maybe that’s why I’m such a big fan of horror. Either way though, as I grew older the games I played took a turn with the Survival Horror genre. It started with Resident Evil. I was a huge fan of trying to survive a zombie apocalypse and though the game was awesome it still didn’t quench my thirst for true horror.
I searched for something that would scare me and match what I felt growing up at home but nothing worked. Finally, during my senior year of high school I found a survival horror game that fit the bill. It was 1999 when Silent Hill came out. The buzz had been going around that this was Konami’s answer to Capcom’s Resident Evil. I bought the game in hopes that the buzz would be true. My friend Adam and I started the game and right off the bat the game was chilling and scary. What made this possible were the effects and camera shots. It was amazing how smooth the gameplay was and how the creators used different camera shots as if someone was actually watching your character walk around. The game is based on a regular guy named Harry Mason who is in search of his missing daughter in the abandoned town of Silent Hill. As he makes his way through the city he finds out that there is a connection between his daughter and the town. There is also a thick fog that fills Silent Hill and at times it appears to be snowing. Odd monsters roam the streets as well as rabid dogs. It was different from the norm and it actually scared me.
I think what scared me the most was going into the school and the hospital. The school is empty but what you hear is a different story. Children crying and laughing fill different rooms. Doors open and shut by themselves and throughout the game there is a siren that goes off. The town starts out looking spooky but once the siren goes off it morphs into something you would imagine Hell looking like. During this time there are more monters lurking and lunging at you. There are gory scenes and once you get to the hospital they get worse. Now earlier I mentioned snow but it turns out that what appears to be snow is actually ash thats falling from the sky. The town of Silent Hill has a violent and horrific past that involves a massive fire. It’s pretty interesting and it made me wonder whether or not it was based on something within our history. One day I decided to search for Silent Hill as a real town and what I found was a city named Centralia. Located in Pennsylvania, Centralia was once a booming town due to its coal mining. All was good until May of 1962 when an abandoned strip mine caught fire. There are many theories as to how it started but in the end the local fire department was unable to put it out. The strip mine underneath the town of Centralia burned and caused massive damage. It was enough that the government paid to relocate the residents of this now inhabitable town but some stayed behind. There is much more to this story and it’s as simple as a Google search to find the rest. This town, from what I’ve read, is the basis for Silent Hill. To this day the fires still burn underneath Centralia.
My search for something truly horrifying lead me to the game Silent Hill. From there I found out that it was based on a real town that suffered from a tragic fire. It’s funny how something as small as searching for a horror fix could lead to something so interesting. Maybe I’ll try and piece together more games or movies that are based on true events. Anyone have some insight here? I’m wondering if “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” is real? If anyone has any info on this or other interesting stories on ghost towns let me know. For now, make sure to check out the Silent Hill franchise and the video I provided below on Centralia. Happy reading folks!Post Views: 580
By Ricardo — 2 years ago
Ep 164 features the co-founder of The Healthy Dispatcher, Adam Timm. In this episode Adam gives an overview of his history from 9-1-1 dispatcher to health and mental wellness advocate. He talks about the first ever 9-1-1 Training Summit held in Charlotte, North Carolina in partnership with the Denise Amber Lee Foundation. We also talk about resolutions for the new year and what we can do to avoid stress in the workplace.
This is a must listen! 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.
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- The Healthy Dispatcher overview
- 9-1-1 Training Summit
- Avoiding stress in the workplace for the new year
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