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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good evening everyone and welcome to episode 22 of Within the Trenches. This is the last episode of the NENA conference series that were recorded in Lansing, Michigan at the Lexington Hotel. The entire week was great and I definitely learned a lot. I also gave my own presentation on how I got into the 9-1-1 profession and how I created Within the Trenches. Despite my nerves I was able to give an excellent presentation and I am looking forward to the next time I speak at a conference.
In this episode I was joined by my co-host Whitney. We had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah, Dispatch Operations Coordinator with Washtenaw County, Jennifer, a supervisor with Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority and Bob, who is the NENA Regional Director with Intrado. In the beginning of this episode Bob told us that this is the 27th year that Michigan has had this conference. This is something I never knew and it was interesting to listen to him give the history of this conference and how important it is.
We also touched on how important the profession of 9-1-1 is and how everyone in emergency services should do what he or she can to attend a NENA conference. This was truly an amazing week for my co-host, the show and myself. We are doing big things and making it happen. I want to personally thank everyone who helped me throughout the week. Most importantly I want to thank Jeri. If it wasn’t for your conversation with my assistant director I might have never applied to be a presenter. Thank you for everything! To those who I recently met and are helping to make things happen, I thank you and you will not be sorry. As always you can email the show at email@example.com and if you would like to know more about NENA, local conferences and membership please follow the link below.
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- What NENA is all about
- How each guest got involved in emergency services
- Next Generation 9-1-1
- Early memorable calls from each guest
- The importance of attending a NENA conference
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
If you didn’t know already my wife is expecting our second child and we’re having a girl. Lola Mae Martinez will be making her debut around September 1st and I can’t help but wonder about the future. WTF am I going to do when the time comes that the Riffraff starts coming around? I know I should concentrate on the present but really what I am looking for here is to see how others deal with their daughters and the Riffraff that follow them around.
The thought plagues my brain because I know damn well that when the time comes I am going to be a protective douche. It’s probably bad of me to say about myself but I am trying to be honest here. I really want to put the fear of God in them so that they don’t cross the line. I mean it worked for me…somewhat. I remember back when I was dating my eldest sons mom in high school and her friends dad pulled out a rifle and cleaned it in front of us. I had gone to pick up my girlfriend and her friend and we were hanging out in the living room before we split for the movies. Our friends father had just arrived from work and he glanced at me, put his stuff away and sat down. He asked what was going on and they told him that we were going to the movies. He nodded his head, got up and walked over to his gun case that just happened to be next to me. He pulled out a rifle and sat back down.
“Where are you going again?”
He started to clean his gun and I about shat myself. I began to sweat and my nerves were all over the place. I was ready to tell him that we would simply stay and watch TV or I would just go home. Yep, I was that scared and this is the kind of impression I want to make on the Riffraff that will come in the future. I might go a little further and pull out a bullet and say,
“You see this bullet? I’m putting your initials on it. If you F up…well at least someone will be able to identify you.”
LOL! Now that would be funny but I’m sure I would either piss some people off or I would get into trouble but to all the fathers out there, you know what I’m getting at right? Short of buying a gun I want to do something to the effect of what my friend Dan and I did to his daughter. I think she was 14 or 15 and she was supposed to meet up with us for dinner. She was taking forever and Dan found out she was at the mall with her boyfriend. She was going to wait for us in the parking lot and Dan made the suggestion of pulling up fast on them and surround her boyfriends vehicle. We pulled up, blocked them in, and got out to bum rush his truck. Dan interrogated while I asked if I should call the rest of the guys or get the bat from the trunk. His daughter chuckled at first but eventually she asked for it to stop. I can only imagine that her boyfriend had a movement right there in the truck. Dan’s girlfriends along with my wife told us to chill but we were having too much fun.
This is what I am thinking of doing. Just a little something to show the Riffraff that I’m not messing around. How do you deal with it? Whether you are a mother or father I would like to know what options I have or situations you have experienced. Let me know, Jabber Loggers! I might just have to buy a shotgun so that I can clean it out when the Riffraff comes around. Or maybe I can just do what my father in law did to me when I asked his blessing to marry his daughter,
“Rich. I will only tell you once, if you hurt my daughter you will never be able to run fast enough and there is no place you can hide that I wouldn’t find you and hurt you.”
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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Hello everyone and welcome back! Whitney and I return with episode 39 of Within the Trenches. In this episode we visit with Daniel, the “Small Town Dispatcher” and host of Nighttime Dispatch Radio. He shares some of his calls, how he got his start and what influenced him to start his Small Town Dispatcher blog. We also share a few stories of our own on what it’s like to have to find time to use the bathroom when in the hot seat. Finally we share our thoughts on an issue that hits home to all 9-1-1 professionals out there. The first 911 call received was on February 16, 1968 at City Hall in Haleyville, AL. Well this building is in danger of being demolished and possibly turned into a chain pharmacy. Check out the links below and sign the petition to help save this piece of 9-1-1 history. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- How Daniel started dispatching
- Daniel’s first call
- Using the bathroom in the comm center
- Save the home of 9-1-1