Hello everyone! Within the Trenches is back with episode 53 featuring Ed, the Director of Bartholomew County 9-1-1 Center and President of Indiana NENA. The show is recording on location from the Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual Indiana NENA conference. In this episode Ed shares his dispatch experience, switching from dispatch to being an on the road state trooper and eventually becoming the director at Bartholomew. This is just one of several episodes coming up this week from the Indiana NENA conference so stay tuned for more.
Episode topics –
- Ed’s start in dispatch and switch to law enforcement
- Dispatch training
- How officers would benefit from sitting in dispatch
- Continuing education through NENA
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Here I am, about an hour from my birthday and I am reflecting on my life. I have gone through a lot in my 30 years on Earth. I have lived through events that you wouldn’t believe and I came out on top. I have learned a lot of lessons and I have learned them the hard way. There have been times that I was dragged through the dirt but I came out clean in the end.
In my 30 years I have had my heart broken, I have broken hearts, I have lost loved ones, and I have gained new ones. I lost my eldest son and I apologize for anything and everything I ever did Melissa. My family and friends stretch far and beyond and I care for them and appreciate the part they play in my life. I am happy with my life and what I have accomplished. This is only the beginning; I have much more to give. Get ready, the next 30 years are going to kick ass. Thank you and Happy Birthday to me.Post Views: 419
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Mmm, mmm, mmm! Love me some sweet sweet soda pop. How many of you dig your pop? I know I do and when there is no beer or bottles of water I go for an ice cold pop. My favorites are Pepsi, Coke, 7up, Sprite, and others but no diets. I can’t stand the after taste but if there is nothing left in the machine I will take what is there. Back when I lived in Florida and worked at the Frostproof Police Department as a dispatcher, I would drink 3 to 4 pops in an 8 hour shift. I wasn’t drinking much water there and eventually it took its toll on me. The area where my kidney’s are located began to hurt and I finally broke down and went to the doctor. She told me I needed to cut my pop consumption in half and limit my intake to light colored soda only because whatever it was that was in dark colored sodas made it stronger and I was beginning to develop kidney stones.
She put me on some meds and sent me home. Ever since then I have tried to limit my soda intake but it’s hard, really hard. My wife recently found some information for me and it’s crazy. Whats more crazy is the sweetener in diet sodas. From what I have read sugar intake effects your immune system. One can of pop can destroy your immune system for up to 5 hours within 45 minutes after drinking it. So if you get sick easily and you drink a lot of soda you now know why. An over consumption of soda or simply sugar in general can lead to hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart disease, chronic tiredness, and chronic fatigue. Here I thought I was not getting enough sleep so I would drink pop in order to wake me up but it’s doing the opposite. When it comes to diet soda a study has found that an over consumption of it may raise a risk involving strokes and heart attacks.
I would like to mention a little bit about the sweetener that is used in diet soda and possibly all soda for that matter. Have you ever heard of Aspartame? I would hope so if you drink diet soda, but I do want to make something clear to everyone. I do not claim to know all the facts on this and I am only providing information on what I have read. Believe what you want to believe and I am only putting it out there because it’s interesting. I still drink pop so I’m not stepping onto my soap box and saying don’t drink pop because that would just make me a hypocrite. I drink pop when I shouldn’t because of past problems with my kidneys. This is my own thing and I can make my own decisions just like you. So here’s a quick quote, “A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.” That’s pretty crazy if you ask me. I know the FDA has approved it and said that it’s safe for us but so is the meat they have approved and we all know how much bad meat goes around. Oh well, check out the links and do your own homework on it. Cheers!Post Views: 522
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello folks, I hope you’re having a good Sunday so far. I had an interesting conversation with my co-workers that I would like to share. I want to see what you think and test how aware you are. First off, the conversation started with the people we talk to and the descriptions they give for suspects, vehicles, etc. The descriptions are good but they are almost always different. Now, don’t get me wrong here. I am in no way complaining about this because it’s always good when someone calls and gives us information for our officers. The point is that we all miss what we are not looking for. Does that make sense? If not let me give you an example. Back when I started my dispatching career in Florida I was sent to a week long training class. We were talking about the awareness of our callers and as he spoke someone entered the room. The guy handed something to the instructor and walked around the room and then left. The instructor continued to talk,
“It’s funny how much we miss when we are not looking for something specific. For example class, what was this guy wearing when he came in?”
Um…what? That’s exactly what was running through my head. I glanced at the guy but I wasn’t paying that much attention to him. Why should I? The instructor chuckled at us so I’m sure we all had a puzzled look on our faces. He asked each one of us what we thought he was wearing and every description was different. The instructor then showed us what the guy gave him. He held it up and it turned out to be a picture of the guy. He had taken a picture of himself before walking into the room and gave it to the instructor. We had a good laugh but it definitely proved his point. We miss what we are not looking for. So my fellow Jabber Loggers…how aware are you? I shared this story with my team since it dealt with the topic at the time. I also showed them a video. I have provided the same video below for your viewing pleasure and to test you. Some of you may have watched this before but if not, make sure to pay close attention and then comment. And by the way, this is not one of those stupid videos where a zombie jumps out so no worries. Good luck folks, cheers!Post Views: 414