Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches. It has been almost a month since I posted the last episode but I’m back and ready to go with a long list of guests. Today’s episode will feature 911 news stories along with some tapes and a written guest blog. I’m joined today by show regular Rob “Big Mac” McMullen, Director of Vigo County 911 and 2nd VP of NENA. He’s joined by episode 94 guest Jordon, dispatcher with Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority and new to the admin team of the Facebook Fan Page.
Get ready to laugh, learn and if you would like to read and comment on Kelli’s guest blog post entitled, “I was there” please click the link below. Also, there are only a few days left on the “Dispatch Love” t-shirt campaign so get yours while you can. Once it’s over that’s it! This is a limited edition t-shirt that cannot be found in stores.
Episode topics –
- Recap with Jordon on episode 94
- How would you dispatch that medical? (911 tape)
- The skunk is guilty! (911 tape)
- Dispatch hangup (911 tape)
- Kelli’s “I was there” guest blog
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good morning to all! I hope you had a happy and safe St. Patricks Day last night. It’s been a while since my last post on Diaper Wars but it’s back and today’s episode is a Florida Edition. My family and I recently returned from vacation but while I was there and on break a few things that involved our cloth adventure occurred. It was interesting enough that I had to write about it.
Before we headed out to Florida I began to worry that it was going to be rather hard to use cloth diapers while traveling by car. To be honest the cloth diapers should have been the least of my worries since my 6 month old daughter Lola hates being in her carseat for X amount of time. I should have been wondering about how my wife and I were going to deal with Lola getting uncomfortable in her seat and possibly screaming over an 18 hour road trip. In the end I did what I always do; think too much about the situation and worry for nothing. The cloth diapers were a snap! It was no problem at all so if you’re worried about cloth on a long road trip and think you might use disposables, DON’T DO IT!. Stick with cloth, it’s simple and better for your child.
The entire time we’ve used cloth diapers we have heard that sun drying takes out the stains better than anything else. Every time I’ve heard this I thought,
“Does it really make that much of a difference?”
I figured it would fade it a little and not much else but man was I wrong! While in Florida, my wife bought some rope and set up a line in her parents yard. Once they were completely dry I was shocked to see that they looked as though we had just bought them! That alone made me want to move back. I couldn’t believe how good they looked and on that note I apologize to my wife Rebecca and my friend Candis of EcoBuns. I stand corrected and from now on, and when we can, the sun will be drying all of our cloth diapers.
Using cloth has been awesome and while on our vacation I got the chance to change Lola’s diaper at Legoland. Yep! You read that right, I changed her diaper at Legoland. Now, it might not seem like much because people change diapers all the time but this was in public. Oh yeah! In public and around a lot of people. What makes this even more awesome was that my wife was feeding her at the time. After all this you’re probably wondering why we didn’t take her to the bathroom to change her right? Well I have an answer for that! The changing tables within the bathroom were set next to the sinks and out in the open. They looked rather dirty to begin with so we did it out in the open. Here, let me set the scene for you. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my wife and I are sitting on a bench waiting for the rest of our family to come off a roller coaster. There are tons of people walking around us and others taking pictures with a dinosaur made out of Lego’s to the right of us. My wife has a cover over her while feeding Lola and she leans in to ask me a question.
“Hey can you change Lola’s diaper?”
“WHAT!? RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF EVERYONE?”
“Why not? I’m covered right now and you can use it to cover her.”
Believe me when I say that I was completely freaked out and uncomfortable. My wife looked at me like I was being a fool and she had every reason to because I was being a fool. So there we are, on the bench, my wife is feeding Lola, and I’m waiting for my moment to change her diaper. As I’m getting the pre-fold and cover ready, my wife slips off the diaper.
“What are you doing? I’m not ready!”
We began to laugh and I was trying to hurry. In my mind it took forever and everyone was staring at us and giving us dirty looks but in reality we were ninja’s because we actually changed her diaper with a quickness without anyone knowing what was going on. I think at the end of it I belted out,
“Yeah! That’s how we do it!”
And my wife responded with,
“You’re a dork.”
I am a dork and all in all the trip was a success and I was worried for nothing. The Diaper Wars Saga continues and going strong. GroVia seems to be leading the pack but we always go back to Pre-folds. My wife has developed a few folding techniques for our Pre-folds and I swear I have to watch her do it several times before I can get it right. It’s been pretty interesting. I’m glad we got the opportunity to use cloth diapers with Lola and stay tuned for more adventures. Cheers and may the cloth be with you!Post Views: 123
By Ricardo — 1 year ago
Episode 150 features Don, a Dispatch Manager at Sonoma County SO and Lee Ann, Dispatch Manager with Marin County SO out of California. In this episode we follow the 9-1-1 stories of Don and Lee Ann from the beginning to present day. We talk about the calls that stick with a person and those that can make or break ones career. This episode was recorded live at the National NENA conference in San Antonio, Texas and is a must listen.
As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
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- Don’s 9-1-1 story
- Lee Ann’s 9-1-1 story
- 9-1-1 calls that stick
- 9-1-1 calls that make or break a career
- Don’s life size pic of Rob
- And more
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Today I had the pleasure of heading out to Kollen Park in Holland with my family and friends to enjoy the Maranda Park Party. There were many things to sample and police, fire, and ems were on hand to offer some excellent tips. My son was also able to walk through an AMR EMS truck to see what all was inside. As I stood there waiting for my son to come out the other side a paramedic came from around the truck and started giving out stickers to the kids. I asked what unit number he was and I introduced myself saying that I was a supervisor and the county I worked for. He gave a big smile and shook my hand.
“One of the unsung heroes huh? You guys get a lot of flack but I couldn’t do what you do.”
It made me feel good to get some recognition for what my co-workers and I do. He said that at least they are face to face where we usually get no closure and he’s right. A lot of people don’t know this but it’s not all the time that we get any closure. I remember giving CPR instructions to someone and the call was horrifying. I heard the paramedics in the background and I told the caller they did a great job. I hung up the phone and I had a second or so to get myself together and another call came in. That’s how it is in dispatch. We take a bad call and move on to the next one. There is no time to reflect on the call. People need our help so we go on until the shift is up or we get a moment to think about everything that had previously occurred. Sometimes it’s so busy that by the time we get a chance to think about that bad call we have already taken ten or more that it just falls through the cracks.
The recognition is rare but it feels good when we get it. I remember back around the time when I first started and it was winter time. I took a call from a frantic mom whose children had been sledding and the youngest slid down the hill and onto a pond. The little girl was right in the middle of it and her mom told me that she believed the ice was somewhat thin. I had already paged out the fire department, ems, and police and it was now time to play the waiting game. I kept the mom calm and instructed her to have her son wait out front for the responders. When they pulled up she began to thank me over and over. We hung up and her daughter was rescued from the middle of the pond. A few days later a co-worker was reading the local newspaper and she found a thank you note that was published in the paper by the family of the little girl and they personally thanked the dispatcher and all who were involved in saving their daughter. Till this day I still have that newspaper clipping. I have it as a reminder that some people out there do care about what we do for them. Thank you Mark with AMR for the kind words. Our job is hard but we love what we do. In the end it’s not about the pay, it’s about helping those in need whether we, the unsung heroes, are recognized or not.Post Views: 129