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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Good afternoon and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This episode brings us closer to the end of my time at Indiana’s NENA conference. My time there was inspiring, educational and I can’t wait for next year. The stories covered have been amazing and today’s episode is right up there with the best of them.
In this episode I had the chance to speak to Kimberly, a dispatcher/CTO with Jennings County 9-1-1, John, director with Jefferson County 9-1-1 and Nicole, Assistant Director with Montgomery County Communications Center. We reflected on the beginning of their careers along with some hard calls and advice/techniques on how to deal with them.
This is an episode you don’t want to miss! As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
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- How each guest started in 9-1-1
- Training techniques
- Dealing with hard calls
- The importance of attending a NENA conference
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Today is the day of my birth, I am 31. I have gone through a lot to get to this point in my life. I have made mistakes, stumbled, and learned to laugh at myself. I can say that I have definitely matured over the years. Since my 30th birthday I have started Jabber Log, graduated with my Bachelors in Graphic Design, started my Masters in New Media Journalism, and most importantly, my daughter Lola was born. My wife and children are doing great and I am working hard to move forward within my current and upcoming career.
Although everything has been going well, there is always room for improvement. There are a lot of changes I want to make. I know it will take time but by my 32nd birthday, I want to have most of my goals accomplished. Around this time next year I would like to be deep within my design career, as well as advancing further in my current career. It’s going to take a lot of hard work but I’m up to the challenge. I have ideas that will take my center to the next level. I hope I get the opportunity to prove what I’m worth and how our dispatch can become one of the top in many categories. I want my design work to continue to flourish but what I need is to work hands-on with those within my industry. I know that I will find the right internship to get me to the next level through networking online and in person.
Next year I will also have my Masters and that alone will open up many doors for me. I have already done so much with my writing and I plan on doing much more. With everything I have in mind, I have to stop and thank my wife and kids for putting up with me through my college career. It has been a hell of a ride and I thank you for supporting me. Thanks also goes out to the rest of my family, my work crew who kicks ass every day, my friends and especially those who have participated in my projects during school. The characters you helped me develop are truly a masterpiece and they will come full circle in the coming year. I would also like to say thank you to Candis of EcoBuns, who helped me add a little cloth to my life and blog, to Cassidy of Cassidy Rae Studio for giving me the chance to design for her, to Jackie of 97.9 WGRD for hooking me up with a sweet feature on the rock stations web site for work I did for her and my projects, to Sheri Jaffurs for the opportunity to design for her choir, to Maddie Larkin who I helped promote here on Jabber Log in the beginning of her country music career, to Sgt. Scott Tatrow who taught me that,
“Life is short, Live it. Love is rare, Grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet,cherish it”
RIP brother. To everyone who is currently assisting me in my design career and finally, a big thanks to all of the loyal readers of Jabber Log! I couldn’t have done it without you and I’m excited for the coming year. Thank you for the birthday wishes, I appreciate it more than you know. Here’s to another year of awesome folks and as always, the show goes on! Cheers!Post Views: 160
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Have you ever brought up the topic of old technology with your kids or kids in general? If you ever get the chance I highly recommend it. Their concept of time and the shock and awe of how it used to be is amazing! My 7 year old is under the impression that I’m from the stone age or something. For example, we had a conversation about the shows I watched as a kid and he blew me away with his idea of how old I was.
“Yeah buddy, I used to watch the same show when I was a kid but now a few things have changed on Dragon Ball Z.”
“Ohhh, well back then was when TV’s were small and in black and white right?”
“Uhh…how old do you think I am?”
“I don’t know…old I guess.”
Yeah…so he thinks I’m pretty old. I’ve talked to him about old school tech and it’s funny to see the reaction on his face. First off I showed him a picture of an old rotary telephone.
“You tell me what you think it is Buddy.”
“Well…it looks like a telephone or something.”
“You’re right. Now how do you think you would use it?”
“Well…I guess I would use the numbers somehow.”
I had to chuckle over his slight confusion but he did get the concept of it. I also told him how much of a pain it was if someone had a 9 or 0 in their phone number. Do you remember that? It’s funny to think that a lot of what we used to have growing up is something that our kids would have no idea how to use it. A good example comes from my wife and our son. Now, this example does not deal with technology but falls under the same idea of old vs. new. Since Logan was born we have always used hand soap in a bottle with a pump. One day we happened to run out of the normal soap we use in the bathroom. A temporary fix was to bust out a bar of soap until we could get to the store and buy more. Logan had gone into the bathroom to wash his hands and after what I can imagine was complete confusion and odd looks into the mirror, he emerged from the bathroom with the bar of soap and asked,
“Um…how do I use this?”
I laughed my butt off when Rebecca told me about this and Logan was dead serious about the bar of soap. I mean, he’s schooled now but man that’s funny! So let’s think back at some of the stuff we had growing up. Let’s step into the DeLorean, after adding the needed fuel of course, back up on the road for room and punch it! Once we hit 88.8 mph we’re headed back to the future. I think it would be pretty cool if we could but for now, we’ll simply time travel through our memories. So what’s first? Well for me, I think about the Sony Walkman, which I added a picture of in this post. At one time this portable cassette player was a hot item. If you had this player you were the stuff!
Also I mentioned earlier that my son thought TV’s were in black and white when I was growing but I was born in ’81. The TV’s I remember were huge, heavy, and included knobs with UHF, VHF, and something to control how much snow there was in the picture. I believe the TV we had was a bulky Zenith. We also had a Sony Betamax that included the movie camera which was rather large! Do any of you remember what the last thing was before local TV stations signed off around 2am or so? If you happen to remember, make sure to comment on here. Now, I could go on and on about what I had that my kids have no clue about but what are things you remember? Other items could include, floppy disks, Polaroid Camera’s with the 4 bulb flash that was sold separately, rotary phones, three switch cable boxes, typewriters, 45’s, and…well there’s so much more but I’m drawing a blank now. So here’s where you come in. What do you remember from your childhood that your kids or the kids of today would have no clue how to use?Post Views: 508