Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 180 is sponsored by 911 Gold Line Training and features Joe, Operations Manager with Cedar Rapids Police Department. This episode was recorded at the Iowa APCO conference.
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- Joe’s 9-1-1 story
- Saving lives on duty and off duty
- Iowa APCO conference reflection
- And more
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
From what I know designer drugs can be fun. They can lead you on a trip that you never imagined but sometimes you end up experiencing a bad trip. If you have ever seen Peter Fonda in “The Trip” you know what I mean. If you have experienced it yourself then there you go. One evening when I was at work I took a phone call. The caller, who I will call Floyd as in Pink, told me that his neighbor had just gone into his pole barn with a gun. His neighbor was not alone though. He was also with his wife and her lover who he had just caught having sex. Now I got all the information I needed and we had people heading out to get into position. Floyd told me that he was watching all of this from his home and that he could hear them all arguing in the pole barn.
I asked Floyd if he could hear them still and he said no. I told him to stay inside and to not go out for any reason. The officers were setting up a perimeter and I asked Floyd again if he could hear them. This time Floyd said he could and that he was right outside the pole barn. I told him to get away from there given the circumstances because I wanted him to be as safe as possible. So after a little convincing Floyd left and walked down the street. As he walked away he said he saw his neighbor walk back inside his home. He did not see the gun but thought he heard a shot and only saw a knife.
Things were starting to take a turn. It was getting weird. Floyd no longer heard them in the pole barn nor did he think that his neighbors wife and her lover were in there. During this time of confusion the officers were already set up and ready to do what they do best. As I am trying to figure out what the hell is going on I hear one of the officers in the background talking to Floyd so I hung up with him.
We had almost every officer out on this call because of the craziness that could potentially happen. We had EMS staged in the area in case of the worst possible scenario, and I was given the task of finding a phone number for the neighbor to see if he could come to the door. When something like this happens you only have a few seconds to think about what you are going to say to the person you are trying to reach whether it be the victim or the suspect.
“Hi, this is Ricardo with 911.”
“Yeah? What’s going on.”
“Well sir, there seems to be a situation and I need you to step outside to speak to one of my officers.”
“Um..ok. Is there something wrong?”
I heard an officer over the radio say that they had him in sight and to tell him to come out with his hands up.
“Sir when you step outside you need to have your hands up. It’s for the officers safety and yours as well.”
“I’m coming out but why do I…HOLY SHIT MAN! WHAT’S GOING ON!? THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!”
The phone dropped and the officers had him in custody. Now it was time for the waiting game. It had been about thirty minutes or so when the officers and ems were disregarded. After all this the neighbor didn’t do anything. The wife was not even home and there was no lover. It turns out that Floyd had some bad LSD and was on a bad trip. It was all a hallucination and nothing happened. So let this be a lesson to you folks. If you are going to trip on LSD, make sure it’s good LSD or don’t do it at all to begin with. It will save you some embarrassment, money, and possibly going to jail for having drugs on you. You might just pull a “Floyd”.Post Views: 178
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Within the Trenches is back with episode 30! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Natalie, who is retired out of Miami Dade Fire Rescue after 36 years and Sherry, who is with the North Central Texas Counsel of Governments 9-1-1 Program. In this episode we talk about TERT (Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce) and who 9-1-1 calls when they need help. This episode is especially informative and interesting because I did not know a lot about TERT or what they did.
We also chat about major disasters, the benefits of TERT and how to get involved and help your fellow 9-1-1 professionals. For more information on TERT please follow the links below. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- The meaning of TERT (Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce)
- What does TERT do?
- Recent major disasters where TERT was utilized
- How to get involved
By Ricardo — 4 months agoImagine finding your spouse with a gun. You’re shocked and confused and before you can ask what is going on, you hear a shot. Your spouse falls from a self-inflicted gun shot to the chest. Now imagine you’re 9-1-1 giving the caller CPR instructions and encouraging them to ignore the cracking ribs…This is what it’s like, within the trenches.
Episode 173 features the stories of the #IAM911 movement along with a live audience recording from MPSCC.
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- Stories from the #IAM911 movement
- Live audience recording from MPSCC
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