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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
We are back in black and ready to kick you in your sack! It has been a long time since we recorded an episode but this past weekend we had the chance to meet and record so get ready to laugh it up! As always we practice the 3 A’s of podcasting, adult content, adult language and awesomeness! If you do not care for this type of humor you need to skip this…or listen, you might like it. Cheers!Post Views: 476
By Ricardo — 2 years ago
Guest blog written by: Daphanie Bailes – Within the Trenches Admin, In Between the Chaos columnist for IAED & Senior Telecommunicator and Communications Training Coordinator for Martin County Fire Rescue
I have never done that. I was so emotionally consumed by your call, I broke character completely. I walked outside and did something that I had never needed to do before.
Yours was the first call of my shift. You said you found your teenage son on the floor in his room…cold…blue. The phone wouldn’t reach. You said you would call from your cell. I told you to leave the line open and call back. As the phone rang only a few seconds later, I told my team that I would get it, I had you. We did CPR for what felt like forever. I relayed location information in between the compressions counter so Law Enforcement could find your house. When I heard the officer arrive and attach the AED, the robotic voice emitted a heart wrenching phrase, “Shock not advised”. The officer continued CPR until the rescue went on scene. I stayed on that open line as long as I could, listening for some glimmer of hope. The rescue encoded to the hospital. I heard the auto-pulse machine in the background giving compressions. I listened to the paramedic relay the ALS protocol administered. Round after round of medication had been given. No change.
At some point, I was able to walk outside. I needed a minute. Just to process. It was raining. Maybe I could somehow wash your screams out of my head. The situation just hit so close to home, I couldn’t shake it off.
I called my daughter’s middle school. I asked the receptionist to pull her out of class and have her call me. Why was I asking this? What is wrong with me? Moments later, my phone rang.
“Hello.” “Mommy, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing, baby. Mommy had a bad call. I just wanted to hear your voice.”
“Ok, Mom. I love you.” (How lucky was I to be able to hear that?!)
“I love you, too. Have a good day, sweetheart. I’ll see you later.”
I came back in and stopped by my boss’ office. He asked me if I was ok. In my head I’m shouting “How can I be ok?” I began to cry and told him how I felt, another first for me. I told him how I feel like a little part of my heart dies each time I take a call like that, how I don’t know how many more of those calls I can take, how my heart hurts, how I wish that I could just take a break from it all but I know I can’t. My team needs me. I was lucky enough that he was able to cover the phones for me a little while longer. I took another walk around the parking lot, took a few more deep breaths and resumed my post, waiting for that next call.
Later, the hospital called for an air transport to the pediatric hospital in the neighboring county. I prayed it was “my patient”. Almost 2 hours later, the patient was stable enough to fly. Do I dare hope?
I was blessed to receive several updates through the public safety grapevine, a definite rarity. After each update, I remained “cautiously optimistic”. A few weeks later, I learned he went home. The Protocol, the on-scene efforts, the pre-hospital care, the modern medicine of 3 different hospitals, many prayers and a miracle had brought this child back. Back to his momma, so she could hear him say “I love you too Mom”.
That makes it all worth it. That’s why we take the needle and thread and sew the pieces of our heart back together…and take the next call.Post Views: 433
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
As you can see from the title of this post, my co-host Whitney and I are trying to make a goal. That goal is to land on the “New & Noteworthy” section of iTunes for podcasts. To be featured within this section of podcasts would be huge for the show. I have been doing some research on it and it looks like many of the shows that hit this section have good artwork, a nice description and reviews and ratings. As of right now we have everything except for the reviews and ratings. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering why this is so important, right? Well, if we were to land on this section of iTunes it is very possible that our number of listeners would see a huge jump. Not only that, it is possible that the amount of downloads we would receive would hit the highest numbers we have ever seen.
With that said we are calling on our current listeners for help. We need everyone to log into their iTunes, search for Within the Trenches and rate and leave a short review for each episode. It’s very easy to do and your help is appreciated. If you are unsure on how to rate and review the show, please review the instructions at the end of this post. We thank you in advance and we want you to know that without you we wouldn’t be here. You are very important to us and we do this show to tell the stories of our fellow dispatchers and to educate the public on what really goes on in dispatch. We have been very successful throughout our nine episodes and the show continues to grow. Our goal is to make the New & Noteworthy section of iTunes, begin our live shows and play real 9-1-1 calls for our audience. Stay tuned folks and please share this information with everyone you know. Help us make that section by rating and reviewing Within the Trenches on iTunes.
How to rate iTunes podcasts. By eHow.com
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Click the “iTunes Store” link at the left side of the iTunes window
Navigate to the podcast’s page in the iTunes Store. You can search for a specific podcast by typing its name into the search box at the top, right corner of the iTunes window and pressing “Enter.”
Select “Podcasts” in the filter-by-media-type column that appears at the left side of the page.
Scroll down to the “Customer Ratings” section on the podcast’s page.
Click the amount of stars you want to rate the podcast to the right of “Click to Rate.” One star is the lowest possible rating and five stars is the highest.