Good morning and welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches. Today’s episode is a must listen. In this episode we answer the question, “Who does 9-1-1 call when they need help?” To answer that question I spoke with Sherry, 9-1-1 Operations Supervisor, with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Chairman with the National Joint TERT Initiative for NENA along with Jeremy, a supervisor with the Emergency Communications Department of Monroe County out of Rochester NY and Chairman with the National Joint TERT Initiative for APCO. This episode is packed with information on TERT, the Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce. Below you will find links on where to find them and how you can get involved. Make sure to listen and share this episode with everyone you know.
As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- Intro to Sherry
- Intro to Jeremy
- TERT stories/dispatcher comradre
- Spread the word on TERT
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By Ricardo — 7 months ago
Today’s episode is a hard one. If you have followed the #IAM911 movement then you know that many of the stories told by the dispatchers who lived them are hard ones. There are some good ones but they are rare. Many 9-1-1 professionals have poured their hearts out for the movement and continue to do so. In doing this they have opened the eyes of millions to what they do every single time they answer a call. These professionals have also found a way to tell their stories, heal and find some sort of closure.
As my team and I continued to help share these important stories I had a thought, “Why not reach an even bigger audience by sharing them on the podcast?” This is now known as “Imagine Listening”, an extension of the podcast featuring the stories of the #IAM911 movement. When recording these episodes, I read each story so that more people can get a feel for the types of calls, emotions and stress the dispatcher deals with.
They have become quite popular and in this episode, I recorded it with a live audience. There were about 120 people in attendance and some dispatchers read their owns stories. Others wrote them down and my co-presenter Rob and I read them out loud. The room was packed and the emotions were high. We shared our stories and we healed. This is an important episode indeed.
Please listen and share with everyone you know including local leaders. Let them know why you should be recognized as a 9-1-1 professional. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The last time we saw people eating spiders, beetles, Quail eggs, and other ungodly things was in 2006 on Fear Factor. You remember this show? Of course you do! If you’ve never heard of Fear Factor then you need to either go to IMDB.com or YouTube. The show is hosted by none other than Joe Rogan. The shows pits contestants against each other in teams or solo and they must pass 3 stunts. The contestant(s) left at the end will win $50,000. How awesome is that? I think it’s pretty cool but the stunts are crazy! The worst ones I’ve seen dealt with eating rotten Quail eggs, live spiders, and anything else deemed edible by the Fear Factor producers. The show also included stunts where people were jumping out of cars, swimming in ice cold water, and these stunts involved getting the best time to move on to the next round. Although the stunts were cool, I think the best part of the show was watching people try to eat the vile things given to them. The look of disgust and attempts to stop from blowing chunks were priceless. After almost five years the show ceased to exist but Joe Rogan continued with his stand up comedy, which is superb, and of course the UFC as a commentator.
It’s now December 12, 2011 and Fear Factor has returned with back to back episodes. I will admit that I missed the first stunt but I tuned in just in time to see Joe yell at the contestants while they tried to eat scorpions. One guy kept yelling that it was just peanut butter and as they showed a close up of him you could see a gooey brown substance around his mouth. It was great and watching their gag reflex go wild was hilarious! The final stunt of the first episode put the contestants in front of a truck while ramming into different things and grabbing as many flags as possible. They were actually strapped to the front of it and the team with the most flags at the end of the stunt would win the $50,000. It was definitely a good episode and the second episode had a stunt that would have made me puke on the spot. The second episode started with ex-couples driving a car into a tank of water and unfastening screws on a container in order to release some flags. Once this was accomplished they were to swim to the other side of the tank and clip the flags to a pole. Now I was less then impressed with this stunt until one of the contestants encountered a problem that would have most likely taken me out. While trying to swim back, one of the contestants began to struggle. She struggled enough that divers on the sidelines had to come to her rescue. After making it back she revealed that she did not know how to swim. This would have been my problem! So the stunt turned out to be cool after all but only because I could relate to it. The next stunt involved a large tank, gallons upon gallons of blood, and cow hearts. The teams had to get inside, pull out a heart with their hands and put it in their partners mouth. The partner would then reach over the tank and spit out the heart into a container next to the tank. The team with the most hearts in the container at the end would move on. The stunt was nasty and I’m sure I would have lost my lunch but for $50,000 you never know. Finally the last stunt included a helicopter, a speedboat, and lighting flares in order to set off an explosion. After doing this the teams had to swim to the other side and the one with the best time would win the loot.
The final stunt was an adrenaline junkies dream come true! The return of Fear Factor was definitely a good one and I for one am glad it’s back. I look forward to many seasons involving gross, raging stunts. As Joe Rogan has stated to the press,
“Fear Factor is way grosser than before.”
I’m ready for the gross factor of Fear Factor Joe! Bring it!
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By Ricardo — 3 years ago
I am Rob McMullen, ENP, your current North-Central Regional Director. Serving on the NENA Executive Board for the past two years has been an honor. I am pleased with the accomplishments of the association during my tenure on the board. Increasing membership and ENPs, creation of the TC Caucus and telecommunicator membership category, and attempting to standardize telecommunicator training are a few things that I think have really strengthened our great association. But there is more work to be done. I want to be a part of the future growth and enhancement. My experience has prepared me for the new challenge of running for NENA 2nd Vice President.
NENA is more than just an association to me, it is a resource and lifeline for PSAPs and telecommunicators. I recognized after attending my first Indiana state NENA conference in 2003 that NENA provided an opportunity to network and enhance training in the 9-1-1 industry. I knew I wanted to be a part of this association and their mission. I got involved in state conference planning and then ran for state office, becoming president of the Indiana Chapter in 2008. I couldn’t stop there. I attended my first national level conference and I was hooked! TDC/ODC was not what I had expected. It was a working conference and they wanted MY help. I was blown away by the opportunities to develop policy and procedures for the industry. I started in the public education and training committee; worked on joint NENA/APCO focus groups sharing 9-1-1 operational information with many private companies rolling out new products and services; chaired the devices and sensors working group and co-chaired the Contingency Planning sub-committee. I also participated in the last revision of the ENP Reference Manual. My work on national committees taught me that it is vital that the PSAP has a voice on the board. That motivated me to run for North-Central Regional Director and is motivating me to take the next step in running for NENA 2nd Vice President. I am the voice of the PSAP and I take that responsibility seriously.
NENA hasn’t only helped in my job, but also in my career. I started as a dispatcher in 1998, became a dispatch supervisor in 2003 and a center director in 2011. I believe that my NENA training and experience, ENP and CMCP played a big factor in landing the job as the 9-1-1 Director of Vigo County 9-1-1. Going from Dispatcher to Director gives me the perspective needed to act as an advocate for the PSAPs and the telecommunicators in our association, as well as for management and operations. My 17 years’ experience in the 9-1-1 industry demonstrates constant personal growth and development. I have worked in small and average sized centers and have a unique understanding of the concerns and issues facing the majority of PSAPs in North America and beyond.
I have been a featured speaker at local, state and national public safety conferences. I have had the opportunity to travel to different chapter conferences in my region and have learned that 9-1-1 works differently in different areas, but that there are many commonalities. This is a great industry full of wonderful people.
My involvement in NENA has required personal commitment and dedication, and the rewards have been great. I have developed lifelong friendships, acquired a vast knowledge of 9-1-1, enhanced my career and even honed my “people skills”. I have been a part of something great and want to continue to serve in this new capacity for NENA.
I look forward to earning your trust and hope that I can count on your vote. A vote for me for NENA 2nd VP is a vote for every PSAP in North America!
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