Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This will be the last episode in a series recorded at the 2015 Indiana NENA/APCO conference and expo a few weeks ago. I had a great time there and I hope everyone who was on the show or attended my class enjoyed it too. I met a lot of new people, visited with good friends and just had an all around good time. There is never a dull moment with the crew from Indiana.
In this episode I got the chance to speak with Lindsey, dispatcher with Fulton County 911 and her mom Lori, training coordinator with INdigital and former PSAP director. This episode was a lot of fun to record. It was the first time that I have ever had a mother/daughter episode and they hit one out of the park.
This is a must listen so check it out and share. As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- How Lindsey started in dispatch
- What it was like working for her mom Lori
- What training was like
- What it was like the first night they worked together
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Good afternoon everyone! The AudioVillains are back with episode 22 on Jabber Log! This week we reflect on the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all that have been affected by this. We spoke on it for a while before switching to a more happy topic. This past weekend I shared my weekend with the family where we broke out in song to Mr. Big’s, “To Be With You.” We touched on movies, movie trailers, and how I apparently look like a Furbee with a hat. Many laughs were shared and we about messed ourselves while laughing. Make sure to listen and share to everyone you know. You can also check into my new Kickstarter venture. The project consists of a live podcast that features 9-1-1 dispatchers telling their stories, what they’ve been through and the calls they’ve taken. As always you can email us at email@example.com or hit the black button on the left. Cheers!Post Views: 17
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
During the week of 12/13/2012 I was sketching in a notebook. I had a lot going on during that time. I was well into my Masters program, studying, working in dispatch and trying my hardest to be a good father and husband. As I continued to sketch I began to reflect on a new project I was working on. The project was a new podcast named after a written segment on my blog. I was nervous about launching my Kickstarter campaign. What if I couldn’t make my goal? What if it was only something I thought was a good idea? I continued to sketch and think. My co-worker Whitney walked into the room I was in and I asked her what she thought.
“I like it but the symbol makes it look like angry eyebrows.”
She handed me some reports I had printed out and we both laughed as she walked back out of the room. I stared at my sketch for a while. Finally, I added “9-1-1” to the upper right part of the vital sign. I called Whitney again and she told me that it looked good. The sketch was the logo for Within the Trenches. Although I was nervous as hell I was determined to make this project a reality. A few days after completing the logo I launched my Kickstarter campaign on 12/13/2012.
I went through a lot during that time. Planning a campaign is no easy task and promoting it is even bigger than the planning stage. Once it’s out there you have to make sure it remains in the public eye without spamming. The campaign started out strong but hit a snag. With 8 days left I had only reached $330 of the $1,500 needed to fund my campaign. I continued to promote and on January 3 2013 episode one of the podcast was broadcast live on Ustream. The episode was a hit! More pledges came in and with 36 hours left in the campaign I had received $660. I was scared. I felt like I wasn’t going to make it.
With those 36 hours left I sent an email to Gary Allen of Dispatch Monthly. I told him I wasn’t looking for money, just help with spreading the word. He helped me out and in 24 of the 36 hours left in the campaign I surpassed my goal. I remember sitting in the living room with my daughter Lola as she ate lunch. I kept refreshing the page to see if I had made it. I received a text message from my good friend and co-worker Trista that read,
“I just bought a shirt. Congrats!”
After a huge pledge from my now employer, the shirt pledge/reward was worth $25 and that was all I needed to hit the goal. I refreshed one last time and sure enough Trista’s pledge put me over. I jumped in the air with my arms up and yelled, “Woo!” as I hit the ceiling. Lola threw her arms up as well and laughed. I went to work a few hours after that for the second episode of the show and I was greeted by my co-workers with a grand applause. I was smiling from ear to ear and I remember trying to hold back my emotions because I wanted to cry from being so happy. That moment of triumph was great!
It’s been just over a year since I launched my Kickstarter campaign. 2013 was a big year for me. The show blew up and continues to grow. I spoke at Michigan’s NENA conference, made an appearance at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton, Florida, brought the show to NENA’s National conference, recorded a part in a documentary that features hotlines and call takers in all types of jobs, recorded a segment for A&E’s Panic 9-1-1 and landed an amazing job working on the other side of 9-1-1.
Between Whitney and I, we have interviewed dispatchers from all over the United States and areas such as Australia, Canada and Ireland. It’s been an amazing year and I know that 2014 will be even bigger. I’m grateful for the support and continued support you have given me throughout this adventure. It means a lot to me. The show will continue to tell dispatch stories from those who have lived them. We are also going to educate the emergency services community as well as the public. With Google+ Hangouts serving as an open forum of 9-1-1 professionals we are going to grow and expand.
If you take anything from my experience this last year it is this, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” Thanks Doc Brown. Your words have always stuck with me. Well…you’re a character in Back to the Future and I love the movie so…well anyway, the quote is true. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! Just grit your teeth and work hard for what you want. I’m living proof. Hmm…I think I just wrote the last page of my book. Anyway, here’s to a new year, cheers!
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hey again, it’s Roger Dodger! I’m here to talk about the Ultimate Fighter Finale that happened on Saturday night. First and foremost I must mention that these fights were awesome. I love T.U.F. series, because the people who fight are fighting for a 6-figure income and a contract for the UFC. These guys will give it all they have to improve their lives. If you don’t know what the Ultimate Fighter show is about, then crawl out of that rock you have been living under and get caught up!!! T.U.F. is one of the best reality shows on TV. The UFC will pick 2 UFC fighters to train these up and coming stars to battle each other in the octagon. This show will give no name fighters a chance to prove themselves and make their name a “house hold name” in the UFC. I have a lot to say so I won’t explain the whole show, just look for reruns on Spike TV.
This T.U.F. finale fight card did not disappoint at all. These fights were fast paced and action packed. This season was all about the Bantamweights and Featherweights division and I’m thankful for these weight classes because these fighters are smaller, quicker, and very tough. Dana White made a great move bringing those guys into the UFC.
Ok, here are the fight results. I’m only going to mention the fights for the contract and the main event.
Jon Dodson vs. Tj Dillashaw
This fight was very quick. Both go in the middle of the Octagon and from there Jon Dodson set the pace for the fight. With Jon Dodson’s quickness Tj Dillashaw never stood a chance. This fight was over in a blink of an eye by Jon Dodson’s quick hands. Tj Dillashaw made it 1:54 of the 1st round and was KO’ed. Congratulations Jon Dodson on the 6-figure contract and a nice glass trophy. I will be looking forward to all the exciting fights you will be giving us in the future.
Diego Brando vs. Dennis Bermudez
This fight was absolutely amazing! These two men did give us the best fight of the night (in my eyes)! They say anything can happen in a UFC fight and after this fight that saying is true. These two warriors gave it their all. Diego Brando and Dennis Bermudez both came out swinging! Back and fourth with these two then Diego Brando rocks Dennis Bermudez but he shakes it off and keeps going. Then Dennis Bermudez rocks Diego Brando and down he goes. Dennis pounces on Diego and starts going to town on his face, trying to end the fight. With all hope gone for Diego, Dennis makes the biggest mistake of his pro career. He left his arm wide open and out of nowhere, Diego grabs it, flips Dennis over to end the fight via arm-bar!!! Wow! This fight reminds me why I fell in love with MMA. Both of these men deserve a contract, but only one got it. Way to go Deigo Brando!!!
Now the main event of the evening. Micheal “The Count” Bisping vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Bisping and Miller were asked to be the coaches this season. These two are no strangers to the T.U.F., they were both in the T.U.F. season 3 together and hated each other. And the hatred grew as this season went on. The trash talking, the pranks, and the water squirting was just enough fuel for both of them to go in and give us one hell of a fight, but that’s not what happened. The first round was decent; Miller was able to take down Bisping, which is shocking because Bispings take down defense is top notch. But all Miller did was lay on top of him and did just enough so the ref wouldn’t stand them up, but Bisping was able to get up and start getting some points in with his superb stand up game. Round 1 done and Bisping looked frustrated and Miller looked tired. The first round was the only round Miller did anything. Start of the second round and Bisping did what Bisping does best; beat the crap outta Miller. All Miller could do was go on the ground and cover up. Bisping just picked Miller apart with his dominate boxing skills. It was like that for the second and third rounds. Miller gave up…you could see it between rounds and while he was getting punched. Finally the ref steps in at 3:34 of the third round and stopped the most embarrassing fight Miller ever fought. Miller should stick to his T.V. show and give up on MMA. My hat is off to you Bisping, you might be the biggest A-hole in the UFC but good job.
That’s it. If you didn’t get to see this fight card I’m sure they will air it again soon so keep your eyes out for it. You can follow me on Twitter @rogmar865 and I will try to give breaking news (I work Mon-Fri in the mornings so I will try my best to update around that time.) Thanks for reading.Post Views: 20