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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good evening folks and welcome to another edition of Tech Thursday on Jabber Log! I know it’s late and I have about 45 minutes before it’s Friday but I wanted to get this in either way. I had planned on typing up a rather detailed post on this week’s topic but I thought I would save it for episode two of the JCast that will be recorded tomorrow evening. The topic is going to be based on how connected we are to the Internet and our smartphones. Now don’t get me wrong here. I am in no way saying that people shouldn’t be connected because that would make me a hypocrite. I am one of the most connected people out there but the information I found is very interesting and it all makes sense. It just amazes me and for right now I am going to provide an infographic, courtesy of Infographipedia.com. It shows some stats on what people do when they first wake up in reference to their phone and even what they do while on the toilet.
When I read over the infographic I had to laugh because a lot of what’s mentioned are things I do with my phone. Another part of the conversation will deal with an article I read in Newsweek. It also revolves around the topic of being connected and how it almost destroyed a man named Jason Russell. Do you remember who he is? I’m sure you remember the YouTube video that went viral back in March concerning “Kony 2012” but if you don’t, this video was a Web documentary about the African warlord Joseph Kony, according to Newsweek. It blew up over YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets and turned Russell into an overnight Internet star. The result is hard to believe but it can happen. I’d go further but in order to find out exactly what happened you’ll have to stay tuned for episode two of the JCast. I’m sure you can do your own research on it but then you wouldn’t get the same discussion and insight that you would if you tuned in to our podcast. I hope everyone has a great night and keep listening and reading! We have a lot more to come and we are already building a fan base so keep it coming and spread the word!Post Views: 73
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Good morning everyone! I’m writing to share something new I’m working on. Yes, I know. I’m always working on something and as you know, I dig 9-1-1. The people that do this job are hard working and amazing! It’s not a job that anyone can do. It takes a specific person to take the crap that comes from the hot seat. I answered the call for just over 13 years and loved it. In that time I received a few t-shirts that made me proud of what I did in dispatch. The only problem with them was that they were the same “general” dispatch t-shirt. I always wanted to get a shirt that was not only cool but captured dispatch humor. So I decided to make my own.
I have been floating the idea for some time and I have sold some t-shirts through Teespring but I let it go. Well, now I’m back and the first major shirt I put on Teespring has exploded. The campaign has only 12 hours left but I have added a few more t-shirts for 9-1-1 professionals and anyone who would like to purchase one. They are $16 each and my hope is to add a little touch of awesome to a profession that is superb. Check out the images below and follow the links to purchase one. If you have any questions you can send an email to email@example.com.Post Views: 105
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
The past week has been a busy one. I’ve been doing the usual with work, school and family but I also had the chance to attend the annual NENA conference in Lansing, MI. NENA is the National Emergency Number Association. Those within the world of public safety gather each year for Michigan’s chapter of NENA to share ideas, visit with vendors and attend helpful workshops. This was my first conference. Out of the three-day event I was able to attend on two different days. It felt good to sit among my co-workers and peers. The first day began with motivational speakers from our line of work. The stories were great but the best part of the morning was honoring one of our own from St. Joseph County Central Dispatch. This veteran of 9-1-1 was honored that morning for her 17 years of service in public safety. The emotion could be felt throughout the room as she made her way to the front to accept her award. Recently she has been battling cancer but despite her illness she displayed a smile and attitude that lit the room with joy. She received a standing ovation. Not one person sat until she made her way back to her seat. I felt honored to have been present during her moment of recognition.
The day went on with workshops but it wasn’t until the last day of the conference that I was fully engaged. Two specific workshops brought forth new ideas and understanding between different organizations. The first was entitled Media – Public Safety Relationship, given by Ashley Wioskowski of WWMT News Channel 3. First off, I have to applaud her for giving this talk. She was alone in a room full of public safety workers and when it comes to the media we don’t always mesh. Picture the feud between the police agencies in the movie Super Troopers. Can you picture it? Well, it’s not exactly like that but you get the picture. If you think about it, it’s rather sad. We have a similar goal when it comes to the public and that’s really what Wioskowski was talking about. She wanted to help us understand her side and explained that we need to find a way to bridge the gap. The workshop helped me understand the media side and although Wioskowski announced to the room that she was nervous, she was very professional and I was impressed.
Dee Wachele and her colleagues of “911 The Number To Know“, a national education campaign out of Indiana, presented the following workshop. It was done in two parts and the topic of discussion was based on public education of 9-1-1. This was very interesting because my training coordinator and I had recently spoken about this. You would be amazed at how many people have no idea what we actually do in dispatch or what to do when an emergency occurs. Now, as much as I want to explain everything that was said during this workshop, I’m going to wait. My reason for waiting is because I want to compare your answers with what I know to the next question I’m going to ask. So…if you were given the opportunity to attend a 9-1-1 Public Education workshop, what would you like to learn? It might sound like a stupid question but not many schools out there teach our children about 9-1-1. There might even be some parts of 9-1-1 that you yourself are unaware of. Make sure to comment on this post so we can generate some discussion. Thank you very much to Michigan’s chapter of NENA for holding this conference once again. A big thanks also goes out to Dee Wachele, and Ashley Wioskowski for the excellent workshops and to Lois of St. Joseph County Central Dispatch. You’re strength, warm smile, and years of service made me proud to do what I do every day.
(Below is a little something from Longmont, CO. to get the juices flowing on 9-1-1 Ed.)Post Views: 54