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.
As always you can email the show with any questions or if you want to be a guest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- Samantha’s start in dispatch
- Memorable calls
- Wellness presentation
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello folks and happy Saturday to all! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post for Diaper Wars. I do apologize for this but in all honesty I have not had a lot of material to go off of. Sure I have my little girl who is growing and growing but with my work schedule I don’t get to change a lot of her diapers. My wife and I are still using cloth and loving every moment of it. Our little Lola is growing so fast and Logan is doing great as a big brother. It seems as though both of our kids have hit a growth spurt recently. Logan is eating as much as I do and he looks like a towering 7 year old at 4 feet 4inches. Lola will be 5 months old in one day and she’s rolling over by herself and sitting up by herself. It’s amazing to see her grow and learn new things. The look on her face when she rolls over is priceless! She looks around at everyone and smiles. You can tell how happy she is that she rolled over on her own. It makes me very proud to see my children grow and learn.
So what’s been going on with the cloth? Well, I have found that I really dig GroVia shells. There is nothing better than changing a diaper, unsnapping the insert and adding another one. That’s of course only if there wasn’t a mess. If there was a mess and it’s on the shell, I don’t recommend using the same one. In my last Diaper Wars post I noted that I liked Drybees. After writing that post I began to notice that Lola was wetting out of them overnight. Even during the day it seemed to only happen with the Drybees and I thought, maybe we should do away with this brand. We changed our daughter regularly so it should not have been a problem but something was off. I had planned on writing a post about it to see what all of you thought and if you had any suggestions but when I mentioned it to my wife she said not to.
“Wait! Don’t write anything on it.”
“I figured something out and it works great.”
The solution? My wife took one of our newborn pre-folds and inserted it into the sleeve of the Drybees diaper. I can now say that everything is cool in the gang with Drybees and my daughters bum is safe from any slight redness. On the topic of redness of the bum, we found that the best thing for this is Grandma El’s. It took the redness away and it works fast. Yeah…I know, a plug for Grandma El’s but it’s pretty good stuff. Everything is good in clothland but a new battle within the Diaper Wars has begun. Remember my mention of my daughter growing and how much progress she has shown? Well, she has begun kicking like you wouldn’t believe when her diaper is being changed. She will try and turn over while I’m working on the velcro and she also pulls her leg up and she’ll hold her foot. It makes it hard and all she can do is laugh and smile. I have to move fast because once I have one side done she will kick up or turn to the side and shift her diaper. I then have to start all over and hope I can move faster than her.
It’s definitely been a fun experience using cloth diapers. What’s been even more fun is figuring out how to put little tights on my daughter. You would think this would be easy for anyone but if you’re a man with his first daughter it’s a learning process…well, at least for me. I have struggled with her tights for some time now and last week it took me about 10 minutes before I finally got them on. I was getting frustrated because Lola kept kicking and finally on that same day I figured it out. I rolled them down to the point that only the part that went over her foot was there. I inserted the first one and I swear I did a backflip because I conquered the mighty tights. I know I probably sound like a fool but I’ll admit it. Men are stubborn and I could’ve asked my wife but I had to figure it out myself. Now it’s a piece of cake and the next time something like this comes up I’ll ask my wife first. Yeah…I don’t believe that either. I will eventually but hey, like I said, men are stubborn. So things have been excellent and cloth diapers are the way to go for us. We have found things that work and some that don’t. The adventures will last and the Diaper Wars continue.
Below you can check out how good Lola sits by herself.Post Views: 58
By Ricardo — 2 years ago
Last week for episode 102 I spoke with Lloyd out of Canada and he shared his 911 story and touched on mental health and dispatch wellness as well as how he started Dispatch Monkey. If you missed that episode please make sure to go and listen and share.
The Sons/Daughters of Dispatch decals are currently up for a second round and available for only 2 weeks (end date April 2nd2016). They are 5X5 decals at $9.99 + shipping. A portion of the money made goes to fund a scholarship for the 2016 National NENA conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are also t-shirts of the logo made by Threadsy Tee that will be going up for sale as well so keep an eye out for them. As for the scholarship it includes,
- Complementary registration to the conference & expo
- Complementary registration for a one-day pre-conference course of your choice
- A $500 travel stipend
- Official Within the Trenches t-shirt
To register, make sure to go to thejabberlog.com/scholarship/scholarship.php
Today’s guest is Daphanie, Communications Training Coordinator and Shift Supervisor, out of Martin County Fire/Rescue in Florida. In this episode Daphanie shared her 911 dispatch story as well as some calls that have impacted her life. This is a must listen so please check this out, share and share again. Below you will find links to Daphanie’s articles with IAED, links to IAED and Threadsy Tee.
As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com.
Contact Daphanie – firequeenmcfrATyahooDOTcom
Episode topics –
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- Daphanie’s 911 Story
- 911 calls that made an impact
- Dispatch policies
- And more
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
I have experienced a lot in my life and being a 9-1-1 supervisor has allowed me to learn more about emergency services and those who work in the field. Today I got the chance to interview Joel Thompson, a Plainwell EMS paramedic. The audio story, which can be heard by following the link below, sheds light on what makes him tick, his educational background and what he enjoys most about his job. A big thanks goes out to Thompson, Plainwell EMS, and Allegan County Central Dispatch for assisting in this project.Post Views: 49