Ep 157 features Tracy Eldridge, 9-1-1 Operations Lead for RapidSOS. This episode was recorded live at the 2017 IPSTA conference at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. In this episode Tracy shares her 9-1-1 dispatch story, her realization of having PTSD, dealing with it and her transition from the dispatch center to becoming an Industry Partner with RapidSOS. This is a must listen so please check it out and share.
If there are any questions for Tracy regarding her training or PTSD advice please email her at email@example.com.
As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Episode topics –
- Tracy’s 9-1-1 story
- A call with Lexi
- Battling PTSD
- Dispatch Training
- A transition to RapidSOS
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Have you ever brought up the topic of old technology with your kids or kids in general? If you ever get the chance I highly recommend it. Their concept of time and the shock and awe of how it used to be is amazing! My 7 year old is under the impression that I’m from the stone age or something. For example, we had a conversation about the shows I watched as a kid and he blew me away with his idea of how old I was.
“Yeah buddy, I used to watch the same show when I was a kid but now a few things have changed on Dragon Ball Z.”
“Ohhh, well back then was when TV’s were small and in black and white right?”
“Uhh…how old do you think I am?”
“I don’t know…old I guess.”
Yeah…so he thinks I’m pretty old. I’ve talked to him about old school tech and it’s funny to see the reaction on his face. First off I showed him a picture of an old rotary telephone.
“You tell me what you think it is Buddy.”
“Well…it looks like a telephone or something.”
“You’re right. Now how do you think you would use it?”
“Well…I guess I would use the numbers somehow.”
I had to chuckle over his slight confusion but he did get the concept of it. I also told him how much of a pain it was if someone had a 9 or 0 in their phone number. Do you remember that? It’s funny to think that a lot of what we used to have growing up is something that our kids would have no idea how to use it. A good example comes from my wife and our son. Now, this example does not deal with technology but falls under the same idea of old vs. new. Since Logan was born we have always used hand soap in a bottle with a pump. One day we happened to run out of the normal soap we use in the bathroom. A temporary fix was to bust out a bar of soap until we could get to the store and buy more. Logan had gone into the bathroom to wash his hands and after what I can imagine was complete confusion and odd looks into the mirror, he emerged from the bathroom with the bar of soap and asked,
“Um…how do I use this?”
I laughed my butt off when Rebecca told me about this and Logan was dead serious about the bar of soap. I mean, he’s schooled now but man that’s funny! So let’s think back at some of the stuff we had growing up. Let’s step into the DeLorean, after adding the needed fuel of course, back up on the road for room and punch it! Once we hit 88.8 mph we’re headed back to the future. I think it would be pretty cool if we could but for now, we’ll simply time travel through our memories. So what’s first? Well for me, I think about the Sony Walkman, which I added a picture of in this post. At one time this portable cassette player was a hot item. If you had this player you were the stuff!
Also I mentioned earlier that my son thought TV’s were in black and white when I was growing but I was born in ’81. The TV’s I remember were huge, heavy, and included knobs with UHF, VHF, and something to control how much snow there was in the picture. I believe the TV we had was a bulky Zenith. We also had a Sony Betamax that included the movie camera which was rather large! Do any of you remember what the last thing was before local TV stations signed off around 2am or so? If you happen to remember, make sure to comment on here. Now, I could go on and on about what I had that my kids have no clue about but what are things you remember? Other items could include, floppy disks, Polaroid Camera’s with the 4 bulb flash that was sold separately, rotary phones, three switch cable boxes, typewriters, 45’s, and…well there’s so much more but I’m drawing a blank now. So here’s where you come in. What do you remember from your childhood that your kids or the kids of today would have no clue how to use?Post Views: 618
By Ricardo — 2 years ago
Imagine you’re watching television, enjoying your day and a breaking news flash comes on. You see law enforcement in a shootout with two heavily armed men during a bank heist. You are shock at the sight of it. Now imagine you’re 911, experiencing this first-hand with your brothers and sisters who are there, giving their lives. You listen as they yell for assistance, and…“Shots fired!”
Episode 131 – Imagine Listening features the stories of the #IAM911 movement. This episode also features radio traffic recordings courtesy of the 911dispatch.com tape library on the North Hollywood bank heist shootout that occurred February 28, 1997. This year marks the 20th anniversary of that incident. Two men, heavily armed and wearing body armor were in a shootout with law enforcement for nearly 44 minutes. In the end, the only fatalities were the suspects.
This 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 email@example.com. If you have an #IAM911 story to share, use the same email or send a message to the Facebook podcast page or Twitter account.
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- Stories from the #IAM911 movement
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good evening folks! It’s been some time since I’ve posted to The Creative Corner but earlier today I saw a link that led me to some excellent poetry. I was so moved by it that I felt it needed to be featured. The poetry comes from Lindsay Tuhacek, a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Exercise Science and an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation. She is a dedicated health and fitness advocator, writer, and mother of four. This talented woman does it all and from what I’ve read, her poems display a sense of honesty and sincerity that people can relate to. After reading her poem “I may”, off her blog “Raw Emotion Poetry”, I immediately felt the need to make contact with Lindsay to see if I could feature her work on the Creative Corner. I also wanted to ask what inspires her to write. In her own words;
“I got into poetry in high school as a way to release my frustrations and emotions, as I was never comfortable in seeking out others to confide in. I have a hard time expressing who I really am because I have always felt distant from everyone else. Poetry has allowed me to say what I need to say without speaking. It has allowed me to work through the anger, sadness, insecurities and hardships I faced when I was younger. My inspiration is mainly drawn from my personal life regarding, my emotions, my experiences and my feelings. Sometimes I draw inspiration from stories I hear, but mostly from my own. I am a very passionate person and have a calling to help people. I think poetry is a good way to reach and connect with those who can relate and need something to help them through their own experiences. I did not realize this until I started following Kirk Latimer of Kinetic Affect. They are absolutely amazing. I learned a lot about myself through the process.”
The work of Lindsay Tuhacek can be found on her blog, as mentioned above, at Raw Emotion Poetry. I will provide her poem “I may” below but you must read the rest of her work. So without further ado, I present to you, I may.
I may not be pretty
But I have a good heart
I may not be funny
But I love to laugh
I may not be smart
But I love to learn
I may not have the voice
But I love to sing
I may not have the moves
But I love to dance
I may look like I am happy
But I cry everyday
I may seem to be angry
But I am lonely instead
I may seem to be strong
But I am as weak as they come
I may appear independent
But I need you around
I may seem to be bulletproof
But I am covered in holes
So don’t judge the outside
It is only a shield
A place that protects
What I honestly feel
I’m not an open book
I have secrets I hide
And I wait for the one
Who will see me inside
Source: Raw Emotion Poetry
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