Imagine waking up on Saturday. The sky is blue and the sun is shining bright. You lean over to wake your husband. He doesn’t move. You turn him over and notice his lips are blue…you check him…no pulse. Your heart breaks…he’s gone. Now imagine you are 9-1-1, listening to the screams and wails of a wife who has lost her best friend and husband. She requests CPR instructions but you know it’s too late. This is what it’s like, Within the Trenches.
In this episode we will visit the #IAM911 movement, a movement I started to fight the reclassification of dispatchers from clerical to protective and bring awareness to the types of calls that 9-1-1 dispatchers answer on a daily basis.
Now…you heard the warning at the beginning but I must warn you again and add that if you suffer from PTSD or have suicidal tendencies you are listening at your own risk. The stories you are about to hear are all true and come from the dispatchers who lived them.
While some stories have a good outcome, the majority are horrifying. This is our reality. Your worst day is our every day.
So let’s start with a bang.
I want you to imagine each story. Become the dispatcher who has taken each call and imagine listening…
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello all and welcome to another edition of Tech Thursday! Christmas is approaching quickly and whether your shopping for yourself or a loved one, the product we highlight today will bring a smile to anyone’s face. I’m a big gamer and like you, I want to play the old school video games when ever I want. Now, I know that you can jailbreak your iPhone or simply download them to your Android powered phone but it’s not enough. I can add a lot of games and emulators to my iPhone 4 but what if I want to play some Neo Geo games? What if I want all of them at my disposal? Every time a new firmware comes out for my phone it turns out that the video game emulator is no longer compatible. So what’s the solution? It’s annoying and something has got to give! Well, after a few searches on the net I found a gadget that is sure to satisfy all gamer fans.
Pictured within this post is the a320 Pocket Retro Game Emulator. To be completely honest I’m not sure when it actually surfaced but I saw it for the first time today so it’s new to me. When I saw it and what it can do I immediately began to drool. This handheld can load NES, SNES, GBA, Sega Genesis, and Neo Geo roms! It looks pretty badass and with a 4GB Internal Memory you’ll be able to load many games. What’s even better is that you can add a mini SD card to add even more storage. This will come in handy when you begin adding ROM’s (games) that involve the Neo Geo. The specs are pretty good for this as well and for only $99 you can’t go wrong. I will include the rest of the specs that go along with this product as well as links to the main web site for ordering purposes and a web site where you can find free ROM’s. So if you’re looking for a gift for your gamer on the go, look no further than the a320 Pocket Retro Game Emulator.
- Mini Handheld gaming system plays roms from your favorite 8 and 16 bit game consoles
- No emulator software to load. Just copy over the roms and start playing.
- 4GB of internal storage, expandable via mini SD
- Beautiful 2.8 inch QVGA (320×240) LCD Screen
- Output to TV via included composite video cables
- Full media player functions including videos, music, FM radio, e-books and voice recorder
- Built-in Stereo Speakers
- Internal li-battery gives 6-8 hours of runtime on a single charge
- Primary Function: Gaming and media player entertainment system
- Display: 2.8 inch QVGA LTPS (Low Temperature PolySilicon) LCD Screen
- Color: Black
– Internal 4GB
– External Mini SD card (SDHC)
- Controller Specs:
– 8 Position D-Pad on left
– Y, X, A, B buttons on right
– L, R shoulder buttons on top
– Select, Start buttons below controls
– All buttons user definable for gameplay
- Gaming Console Modes:
– NES (Nintendo Entertainment System – 8bit)
– SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System – 16bit)
– Sega Genesis (Sega Mega-Drive – 16-bit)
– GBA (Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
– Neo-Geo (SNK Neo-Geo)
– CPS1 and CPS2 (CAPCOM, arcade game systems, 1st and 2nd edition)
- Compatible Video Formats: FLV, WMV, ASF, RM, AVI, MPEG, MP4, RMVB, SWF
- Compatible Audio Formats: MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC
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– Earphone jack
– Mini-USB port
– Mini-SD slot (SDHC)
– AV OUT (output to TV – NTSC or PAL, 16:9 or 4:3)
– Stereo Speakers
- Additional Media Functions:
– FM Radio with recording function
– Voice Recorder (MP3, WAV)
– Image viewer (JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG)
– Ebook reader (with text to speech function)
- Bult-in li-battery gives 6-8 hours of runtime on a single charge
- Dimensions: 125mm x 56mm x 14mm (L x W x H)
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- Portable Game Player
- AC Adapter (100-240V 50/60hz)
- USB Cable
- User Manual – English
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Since we were little kids we were taught to dial 9-1-1 for help. If someone gets hurt, call 9-1-1. If you witness someone in trouble and you hear, “CALL 9-1-1” you call 9-1-1. We know that when you pick up the phone to dial for help, the phone will be answered by someone that can send an ambulance, the fire department or police. It’s easy right? We have been taught this and we teach our kids the same thing.
What if you’re dialing from a hotel? Did you know that you have to dial 9 before even dialing 9-1-1? I didn’t. Since I started my new job I have been staying at many hotels. I never thought to check the keypad to see what I needed to do in order to call for help. I was taught to dial 9-1-1 not 9-9-1-1. I guess I figured that since I would be calling from a “room” that I would be able to call direct. It’s not like I’m calling from an office building, I’m staying in this room. One would think it would be that easy but in fact, some hotels require different numbers in order to call 9-1-1.
One would think that in order for an issue like this to be noticed is for a tragedy to happen right? Well…it has. On December 1 2013 a young mother was murdered by her estranged husband. She had agreed to meet him at a hotel so that he could see their kids for a short visitation. As the incident unfolded the eldest child, a 9 year old, knew to call 9-1-1 for help but it didn’t work. The call would not go through. She didn’t know that she had to dial 9 to get an outside line and then dial 9-1-1. When the call didn’t go through she gathered her younger siblings and tried to get help. After an attempt for help from housekeeping that failed due to a language barrier she was able to get help from a neighboring room.
It’s hard to stomach. In a moment of panic you are not trying to read instructions on the phone, you are trying to dial the three numbers taught from a young age for help. Since this tragedy a number of people have stepped up to help spread the word on this and help pass a law named after the young mother who lost her life. Kari’s Law, according to a petition on Change.org and Fox News says that, “the law as described by the petition would require hotels and motels to upgrade to “Enhanced 911” systems that would let guests call for help just by dialing 911 and give the operator the caller’s exact location.”
Over 416,000 people have signed the petition. The law is being pushed forward but more awareness needs to be made. Read up on the situation and sign the petition. I will provide the link for the petition below as well as a few articles written by a friend and fellow emergency services professional and podcaster, Mark Fletcher of Avaya. Let’s do our part and help pass Kari’s Law so that no one ever has to suffer a similar tragedy due to a system run on old technology.
Change it for Kari – Facebook
Change.org – Kari’s Law
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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good evening everyone! This post is sort of a part 2 to my last post entitled, “Help us reach our goal.” In that post I was asking for everyone’s help to raise some extra money for the podcast. This is sort of the same but the difference is that I have launched a new campaign through a crowdfunding site called Teespring. It’s pretty much the same as Kickstarter but they work with people trying to sell t-shirts and such.
The t-shirt featured in this campaign takes a page out of the G.I.JOE book and since I’m an 80’s kid, it takes me back, but it also adds a mixture of 9-1-1 dispatch. It runs for $17 and the goal is to sell 150 t-shirts. The money will go directly to fund the Within the Trenches podcast and the new ventures we are exploring. Two big ideas are to do a mixed panel episode where police, fire and ems would be present to give a balanced outlook at what everyone does in emergency services. The second idea is to add some nice cams to do video episodes while in-house. The audio podcasts would still be there but the video would be something extra for our audience.
I will provide the link below so that you can check out the t-shirt and the campaign ends April 7 2013 at midnight. Our goal is to sell 150 t-shirts but just like Kickstarter, it’s an all or nothing venture. If we don’t make the goal, the shirts will not be made and no one gets charged a dime. It all works out pretty well but we want to make that goal or even surpass it before the deadline. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me by clicking the contact button on the left. Thanks and share the link with those you know. Cheers!
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