Good afternoon and welcome back to another awesome episode of Within the Trenches. It has been a pretty busy week with the announcement of Indiana’s statewide text-to-9-1-1 plan but I now have time so I’m posting a brand new episode from Indiana’s NENA conference. In this episode I spoke with Jessica, a dispatcher / CTO with Kosciusko 9-1-1 Communications. Jessica was honored during the opening ceremony with a few others where she received the Teamwork Award. Jessica shares how she got started in 9-1-1, calls she’s taken as well as the details of her teamwork award.
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Episode topics –
- How Jessica got her start
- Dispatch experience
- Teamwork Award
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello fellow Jabber Loggers and welcome to another edition of Tech Thursday! Today we’re going to look at a revolutionary game that catapulted the Playstation 2 (PS2) to new heights. When the system came out it seemed like the company could not keep up with the demand. The games were excellent, addicting, and if you had one you were at the top of the food chain. Personally I felt that after the explosion of the PS2 the games became stale but one game hit the streets and my mind was made up. The PS2 was going to go down in history with the release of Grand Theft Auto 3. The versions before it dealt with drugs, money, and crime in general but Rockstar Games pushed everything to the limit with this installment of the franchise.
Grand Theft Auto 3’s Liberty City was brought to life with a three dimensional environment, crazy characters, multiple story lines, and fluid controls. Within this game nothing was taboo. I mean nothing! Your character is a street thug who takes part in a robbery but gets shot by his girlfriend and is left to be arrested by the police. Afterward your character is being taken to prison with a couple others and the vehicle is stopped by gun wielding thugs who are there to break out their boss. Your character and a friend take off in a vehicle and you begin doing jobs in order to make your way up the chain of command within a local Mob type group. Jobs include drug running, committing hits on rivals, money laundering, and many others.
In order to succeed in finishing the jobs of Liberty City, one needs to have an arsenal like no other. This games gives the player just that, an arsenal. You begin with hand to hand combat but your weapons grow as the jobs become tougher. The weapons range from a baseball bat, pistol, machine gun, AK-47, grenades, rocket launcher, sniper rifle, chainsaw, and many other weapons. One can do whatever they want and it seems crazy but within this game it can be done. If you happen to become bored with the jobs of Liberty City you can roam the streets on foot or by vehicle and explore. Every vehicle in Liberty City is available for your character to drive off with. You can also drive an ambulance, police cruiser, fire truck, helicopter, a singe engine Cessna, a bus, and even a tank.
The game seems unbelievable but it’s real and Rockstar Games is celebrating its 10th anniversary. What makes this anniversary so historical is that they have successfully ported a version of Grand Theft Auto 3 to the iPhone and Android powered phones. I downloaded it today and the game is just as smooth on my iPhone 4 as it was on the PS2. In all honesty I was thinking the game was going to blow on my phone but I was completely wrong! The graphics have been increased a bit and the controls work great. If you happen to have an EVO or any other Android phone with a large screen the game will be that much more smooth. I have experienced no lag time and I’m impressed with the mobile version of this game. I do understand that this game sounds like a complete desensitized version of life but it is only a game. This is not a game your children should play so if they bring it up you should tell them NO. The game is for mature audiences only. Although the game contains the crazy that our world is made of, there are police within the game that your character cannot escape. Well…let me rephrase that. Your character can escape the police, however, not for long. There is a wanted system within the game and the higher you go the more police come out to take you out. I believe if you get to the highest wanted level there are FBI agents and Army personal who come out. When that happens you have no where to go. Congrats to Rockstar Games on their 10th anniversary. Go to the iTunes App Store or Android Market to download this class now! Happy reading folks and game responsibly.
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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Good morning and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. It has been a couple of weeks since the last episode but I’m back so get ready! In this episode I sat down with Samantha, a dispatch supervisor with Fenton PD out of Michigan. The episode was recorded live from the 9114911 conference hosted by Success Communications Inc. Samantha was not only an attendee but she was also a speaker at the conference. Her presentation dealt with dispatcher wellness and specifically sitting at your console. The information she shared was excellent and informative. There will be another post coming up from Samantha herself where she will go more indepth with her presentation and her experience at the conference so stay tuned for that. You don’t want to miss it.
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- Samantha’s start in dispatch
- Memorable calls
- Wellness presentation
By Ricardo — 3 years ago
With the events in the news lately I’ve been taking a long look at what I do, and why I do it. Dispatching wasn’t my first choice, but helping people was. I spent 8 years as a firefighter. I’ve seen trauma, I’ve seen destruction, and I’ve seen death. None of it was easy, but none of it was as difficult as being a dispatcher.
I’m burnt. I feel like that last hamburger on the tray at the cookout that no one will touch and everyone turns their nose up at. There aren’t enough pickles or mustard in the world to cover up the crispy black edges. I wonder, how did I get this way? Is there any way back out? Obviously there are others like me. It could have easily been me that got frustrated or felt insulted and hung up. We don’t know the whole story. What kind of call happened before that? It doesn’t matter right? We have to be strong. We have to push the things we hear to the back of our minds so we can deal with the next person’s emergency, right?
I’ve been on the phone when a baby has taken its first breath. I’ve been on the phone when a person has taken their last. I’ve heard everything in between. Gunshots. Screams. Cries. Whispers. I’ve had days when I’ve felt like I’ve saved everyone. More often than not I go home thinking that I didn’t save or help anyone. That’s the feeling that destroys me.
I’m scared, and hurt, right alongside the people that call. I can’t see what is happening but I can hear it, and I can feel it. Sometimes those feelings follow me home. The sounds of a 10 year old boy trying not to cry while his mom was battered by her boyfriend still haunt me. He has more courage than all the policemen and fireman I know. He doesn’t know it but he is the bravest person I’ve ever spoken to.
I hold my breath. I hold it every time an officer or firefighter doesn’t answer the radio. I hold my breath during every pursuit. Every house that is cleared. Every traffic stop. Every time an evacuation is ordered in a structure fire. Every PAR count. Every mayday. It’s a wonder I ever breathe at all on the job. I’m always alert, always waiting, always dreading that next phone call or mic click, it might be someone’s last.
Please have patience with me. I may sound rude, but I don’t mean it. Yes, I want that dog to quit barking as much as you do. I want that party to quiet down too. That phone call before yours though, was a mother that just lost their only child. It was a fatal car accident involving the quarterback and the homecoming queen. It was shots fired at a community gathering in the park. It was one of our own involved in a tragedy. I didn’t have time to gather my thoughts or my composure before you called and I’m still trying to process what just happened. I know you don’t care, it didn’t happen to you, you didn’t know them. I didn’t either, but I was there.Post Views: 397