Within the Trenches is back with episode 55! This is just one of several episodes recorded last week during the Indiana NENA state conference. In this episode I sat down to talk with Rob, Director of Vigo County Central Dispatch and North Central Regional Director of National NENA and Terri, Director of Fayette County Communications, NENA Central Region Vice President and Director of Indiana APCO. We took a trip down memory lane while laughing until our stomachs hurt and our eyes watered and stung. It’s an episode you don’t want to miss so listen and share!
For more information on Indiana NENA please follow the links below. As always you can email the show at email@example.com
Episode topics –
- How Rob started in 9-1-1
- How Terri started in 9-1-1
- NENA awards
- Continuing education for 9-1-1 dispatchers
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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Within the Trenches is back with episode 59! This is just one of several episodes recorded last week during the Indiana NENA state conference. In this episode I sat down to talk with Julie, Deputy Director with Bartholomew 9-1-1 Center and Claudia who is a dispatcher with Fayette County Communications. We share stories of messing up on the mic, burnout and how to deal with hitting a rough patch and renewing your love for dispatch.
This is a must listen so check it out and share! As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- How Julie started in 9-1-1
- How Claudia started in 9-1-1
- Messing up on the mic
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
The No 9 Needed campaign is in full force! What is this campaign you ask? The No 9 Needed campaign, as Mark Fletcher of Avaya put it, means 9-1-1 from any phone WITHOUT a prefix “9.” I couldn’t have explained it better myself. The campaign is gaining support from all over the globe, but like most grassroots movements, it began with a tragic incident.
On December 1 2013, Kari Dunn lost her life at the hands of her estranged husband. She had agreed to meet him at a hotel for a short visitation with their three children. During this time Kari was attacked. Her nine-year-old daughter did what she had been taught to do in an emergency and picked up the phone to dial 9-1-1 but the call never went through. After trying to call for help she gathered her younger siblings and was able to get help from a neighboring room.
So what went wrong? Kari’s daughter dialed the right number but the problem was in the system. In order to call an outside line the prefix “9” needs to be dialed first. The sequence would be 9-9-1-1. Kari’s daughter had no idea and who would? In a situation like this one would dial what they know. One would dial 9-1-1 not 9-9-1-1. Shortly after the incident Kari’s father Hank Hunt started a petition for Kari’s Law on Change.org. The following is from the description of the petition,
We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location may be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance.
Kari’s story and the petition for Kari’s Law have circled the globe. 425,000+ people have signed the petition and it continues to gain support. Below you will find links to the petition, a fundraiser for Kari’s children, a link to Change it for Kari on Facebook and articles from Mark Fletcher of Avaya and a symbol I designed for the campaign so that you can show your support. There are two sizes and are both high-resolution quality. On February 9 2014, Kari’s birthday, the No 9 Needed campaign asks that you show your support by changing your Facebook profile picture to the logo below. You can do the same on Twitter and please share the petition as well. You can use the hashtags #KarisLaw and #No9Needed. Let’s make this a trending topic, let’s do it for Kari!
Change.org – Kari’s Law
Change it for Kari – Facebook
A Give Forward Campaign supporting Kari’s children – Web
You may download the image here to change your profile pictures or simply share them. Thanks for your support! You can also download them from a public dropbox folder by click the following links. 400×400 version & 2500×2500 version. (Both Hi-Res quality)Post Views: 282
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Two nights ago I had the pleasure of spending some time at the residence of Dave Rich. He and his wife hosted an excellent UFC party. I had arrived late but was able to witness the last two matches that made up UFC 129 St-Pierre vs. Shields. My buddy Adam and I were greeted with open arms once it was confirmed that this was indeed the home of Dave Rich. We had walked in hearing, “who’s that?” but were promptly given a frosty one after our greeting. The last couple rounds of the Aldo vs. Hominick match were brutal. I had arrived just in time to see Hominick take a shot that would leave the right side of forehead swollen. It grew to the size of a baseball as the fight went on and it looked like he may pull out a win but in the end Aldo received the decision.
It was time for GSP vs. Shields and the room filled up the man-cave of Dave Rich. From the beginning of the match to the end when the decision was made, the chants for GSP were made. A few Shields fans were there as well but their comments of, “GSP is scared” were immediately silenced by the majority. The fights were excellent and I met a lot of people who were from an MMA background. I got to see how they put in work after the matches down in the man-cave and after witnessing it first hand, I might just give it a try…might being the key word here. Thank you very much to the host for a great time and good company.Post Views: 401