Welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks and instead of boring you with text on this post I would like for you to listen to this episode with guest Jamison, Director of Weakly County 9-1-1 & is the Emergency Management Director as well as an ENP and 2nd VP of NENA and share it on social media. In this episode we take a deep dive look at the reclassification issue.
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. To see what you can do to help NENA’s push for reclassification follow the link below. Also if you have not done so make sure to check out the t-shirts for the #IAM911 movement.
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Episode topics –
- Jamisons’s 9-1-1 story
- The fight for reclassification
- #IAM911 movement
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
For 28 years the city of Zeeland, within western Michigan, has held its annual Pumpkinfest. According to the official brochure, “this family-friendly event has featured a plethora of fall activities, parades, music and more.” One such musical event was held at Vitale’s of Zeeland.
A traditional restaurant, as stated by their web site, “carries on the great dining that has become synonymous with the Vitale name.” Jabber Log was on-hand to witness the busy crowd both inside and out for the event. For more information on Pumpkinfest and Vitale’s of Zeeland, follow the links below.
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Advertising is everywhere. No matter where you look it’s there. If you look around right now you’ll see something you bought. Once you spot the item you may remember the advertisement that persuaded you to buy it in the first place. Advertising is genius in the sense that its able to fulfill our needs. It’s also able to satisfy our wants, and tug at our emotional strings. If confronted with the right topic I believe that advertising could make us do almost anything. What do you think? Is this true? You might not think so but what if you were hit with some stealth emotional advertising?
If you are confused by the idea of emotional advertising or not aware of it’s meaning, I can give an example. Emotional Advertising is where a company uses their product within a dramatic scenario in hopes that it will hit an emotional chord within you, the consumer, and in turn, relate to it and ultimately buy into it. This type of advertising is very effective. Why do you think commercials for injured animals or starving children are made with harsh images and sad music? It’s done this way to tug at your strings and possibly make you donate some money to help them out. Now don’t take me for a jerk, I think they do need to be helped out but if you saw the same commercial with kids playing and happy or animals doing the same thing would you want to donate money? I don’t think so. You would see them as living a good life because they are happy and there would be no need to donate.
There is a lot more that emotional advertising can do and fast food restaurants and annoying commercials use it. Different colors also play a big role and fast food restaurants use red and yellow on their signs to lure you in. I have learned that those colors make people feel alert and in a rush so you choose those first over everything else. Can you think of a few fast food joints that include these colors? Maybe McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s…hmm…maybe? These fast food joints aren’t leading the race for nothing. They know how to work you so they continue to win.
So what if the topic of interest shifts to your children? It seems like there have been a lot of missing children lately and it’s scary. I would go crazy if something like this happened to me. I would do almost anything to prevent this from happening. This is a perfect scenario for emotional advertising. Check out the video below.
The video was only 15 seconds or so but it makes you think, “What if?” You’re at the park and you turn for a moment to put something away. In that moment your child is gone. You panic but remember that you have a device that is tracking your child’s every move. In no time you find your child and all is right in the world. With this device or even a chip implant, lost children would no longer be an issue. The elderly would be easy to track if they happened to stray from an AFC home and all would be great right? Probably not but this is where emotional advertising could convince you to buy into the idea. I mean, it hits home and no one wants to lose their children so why not buy this device or better yet, lets add a chip so that we can use our smartphones to track them. All is good in the world until privacy is no longer ours and bigger companies run our personal tracking devices. It’s crazy to think that advertising can make us do or buy stuff but its true. Chipping is just an example here in reference to emotional advertising but its not so far fetched.
A few years ago I wrote an ethics essay about chipping. I learned a lot about the idea and how it would be delivered to the people. The selling point falls within the topic of emotional advertising. I would go into detail but instead, I’m going to make this a two-part post and provide my essay so that you can read up on chipping. It’s pretty interesting if you ask me and as I stated before, the selling point involved ones that would hit home. It’s about our kids, elderly Alzheimer patients, animals, and the military. This is something that I have found intriguing and although you may think this is paranoid crap, do a little searching for yourself. Hell, do some YouTube searching and you’ll find out stuff that you never knew before. Happy reading folks!Post Views: 224
By Ricardo — 8 years ago
I’m sure you have all watched the show, “What Would You Do?” on ABC right? If not, it’s a show where people are put in situations to see if they would help out or sit back and do nothing. For example, a couple is sitting in a park and the male half is yelling at his girlfriend. She is crying and pleading for him to stop but he continues. They are both actors and in on the experiment and as they argue, some people simply pass by ignoring what is going on. Others step up and try to defuse the situation. It’s fascinating to watch how people react to the situation and how they stare but do nothing. The only time they make a move is when a group gathers to take out the bad guy. So what would you do?
I’ve asked myself this many times. As a dispatcher I receive certain certifications for my job. One of them is CPR and I have always thought about having to use it out of work. It might sound odd but when I’m in a checkout lane I think about what I would do if someone choked in front of me or passed out and needed CPR? It’s plagued my mind for a while and several months back I had my chance. I didn’t have to perform CPR but it was enough to let me know what I would do in an emergency situation out of the workplace.
It was in the evening that my family and I had decided to call for some Chinese take out. My son and I were going to order, play outside, and then go pick up the food. For some odd reason I couldn’t get a signal on my phone. I walked throughout our entire home and nothing. It simply said, “No service”. I always had at least one bar but for some reason there was nothing. I told my son to come outside with me so that I could get signal on my phone and as we walked outside I heard someone yell, “Help!”
“Did you hear that Logan?”
“Yeah, but I don’t see anyone.”
I looked around a few times and couldn’t see anyone. I heard the yell again and I looked down across the street and saw an elderly female laying in the driveway of an adult foster care (AFC) home.
“Stay right here Logan!”
I left my son at the doorway of our home and ran across the street.
“Ma’am are you ok?”
“Oh dear, where did you come from?”
“I live right across the street.”
“Oh bless you.”
“How long have you been out here?”
“I don’t know…seems like a while now.”
She was laying face down in the driveway struggling to get up.
“Ma’am are you hurt anywhere?”
“No…my legs will be bruised though.”
She laughed the situation off and tried to get up. I know that when someone is hurt you are not supposed to move them unless they are in immediate danger but she was in the driveway so I had to move her.
“Ma’am, I’m going to try and help you up. Is that ok?”
“Oh yes, that’s fine.”
I pulled her up and looked toward the entrance of the AFC home. A nurse had spotted us but she was unable to get the doors open. I noticed that the elderly lady had a gash on her forehead and was bleeding. I got one of the cloths from her bag and put firm pressure on her wound. The nurse finally came out with a wheelchair and I was instantly annoyed with her.
“Oh, now what have you done to yourself?”
“Do you know how long she’s been out here,” I asked.
“Well no. I saw the both of you out here and I rushed out to help.”
“You were unable to get the doors open though, right?”
“Well…they’re locked at this time and…well I wasn’t sure how to get them opened.”
I was pissed! Who knows how long she had been out there and since it took me a little bit to even notice her in the driveway, someone could have easily run her over. I let go of my attitude for the sake of the elderly lady and I sat her in the wheelchair.
“Let me see your face…oh…you’re like my guardian angel. You came out of no where to help me.”
“I’m glad I was able to help. My name is Ricardo.”
A few more nurses came outside to see what had happened and I asked if anyone had called 911.
“Um…no we haven’t. She should be fine though.”
I stared at them for a moment in disbelief. I mentioned where I worked and that I was going to call and they agreed that I should call. Funny how the tune changed so quickly huh? The first responders and EMS showed up fast, as well as an officer and it felt good that I was able to help. What made it even better was when I turned around to see if my son was still at the doorway. He and my wife both smiled at me. It was followed up by a nod of acknowledgement and a thumbs up from my son. I had found out that the lady had gone grocery shopping and parked on the opposite side of the building. She had been told that the doors would be locked and that she would have to walk to the other side to get in. She did this, but the weight of the bags were too much for her and she fell. What’s worse is that the doors she was headed to were locked. They mixed up the doors on her. It was a simple mistake but it could have been much worse.
In the end, I finally got my chance. I was put in a situation, out of the workplace, where I had to make a decision on whether or not to help or sit back and let someone else do something about it. There was no time to think just act, and act I did. After that incident she was to be moved to her families home. I’m not sure where that is but if you’re out there Wilma, I hope you’re doing great. God bless you…Post Views: 254