Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 198 features Marc, Operations Center Supervisor with Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland, Australia.
Episode topics –
- Marc’s 9-1-1 story
- A call that sticks with him
- Differences in calls from Australia vs the United States
- And more…
As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Within the Trenches has been going strong for 44 episodes. It continues to grow in popularity and we are doing new things. For example, we are going to utilize a popular service called Google Hangouts On Air. Now this is something we have talked about before but now we are ready to jump in and bring dispatchers together to tell their stories and share tips. Episode 45 will be done over webcam and broadcasted live over the web. It will also be available on YouTube and iTunes. Below is a look at Hangouts On Air and the concept for what Within the Trenches Live is based on.
Other things we are doing involve topic related discussions that pertain to 9-1-1. We have already touched on PTSD, EMDR, Critical Incident Stress Management, TERT and more. These episodes have been very educational and we want to continue this. Our most recent episode featured Smart911. Matt, Senior Director of Product Management shared how the company started and the benefits to dispatch and the public.
So what are we looking for?
Well, we are looking for dispatchers and 9-1-1 related companies from all over to be guests on the show. We want to tell your story! If you are a dispatch center running a fundraiser and want to get the word out then we want to help. If you have a dispatcher who was chosen as dispatcher of the year then we want to interview them and share their story. If you have dispatch related questions and are looking for answers from others who take the call you can email them to us or send us a message on our Facebook page and we can post them anonymously so that others can help answer your question. If you are a training company who would like to share techniques on active shooters or suicidal callers then we want to speak to you!
Within the Trenches is about the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. We want to share your story, educate you and help the public understand what it means to take the call.
If you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show you can email us at email@example.com.Post Views: 458
By Ricardo — 3 years ago
Welcome to episode 98 of Within the Trenches. A lot has been going on lately and I can’t make any announcements yet but as soon as I get the green light I will do so. Now along with that there are some big things coming up and I know the National NENA conference is a few months away but I can’t help but mention that the podcast will be better than ever. I’m working on a scholarship for one lucky dispatcher. The scholarship will include a full registration, travel stipend and a couple others things but complete details and open registration will not come out until early next month. If you have never been to a conference, this is your chance.
A couple t-shirt campaigns are coming up as well and a portion of the proceeds will go to that scholarship so when it hits make sure to order your shirt, it’s going to an excellent cause. And in case you’re wondering the shirt campaigns will include the Sons and Daughters of Dispatch design that I posted on Facebook and Twitter. Today’s episode is going to cover a hot topic on the skewed public perception of dispatch along with how much we do and how it can affect us. We also share a couple of videos on dispatcher tasks from Facebook Page “Inside the Fire: A Page For First Responders” and “The Operator” by Bridge the Divide Media. Joining me for this episode are a few of my admins from the podcast fan page, Shae, Victoria and Kelli.
This is a must listen so check it out and share! As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Below you will find links to the videos mentioned in this podcast.
Episode topics –
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- Skewed public perception of dispatch
- Dispatch bashing
- Dispatch Stories
- Inside the Fire: A Page for First Responders – “Dispatcher Tasks”
- Bridge the Divide Media – “The Operator”
By Ricardo — 4 years ago
You find it rewarding to be a Communications Training Officer (CTO), but it’s been a long day with the trainee that hasn’t gone well. You are so busy that your 12 hour shift has turned into 14 and finally the time to go home arrives. But then you remember…you still need to fill out your daily observation (field training paperwork) for the new dispatcher.
CTOs are a critical component for a successful trainee experience, and their documentation is imperative for liability protection. While most dispatch centers have high tech software for handling calls, many are still using pen and paper for their daily observations and other on-boarding documentation. If the agency happens to use a Word document or PDF fillable form, these forms still need to be printed and signed to ensure the trainee receives feedback.
The cumbersome nature of manual paper forms creates a hassle to track information down and ensure that a trainee’s file is complete. Quality issues arise in the absence of a consistent, standardized training program. These challenges result in a limited ability to address training issues in a timely manner and be proactive in preventing problems. And without easy, real-time access to the data, supervisors can look like they’re out of touch when asked about the status of a trainee or the overall group, especially on short notice.
It doesn’t have to be that way any longer! Agency360 is on a mission to change this approach. Our web-based field training software is designed to manage the documentation of your on-boarding training program online. Using Internet connectivity, trainers, trainees, supervisors, and administrators can access and complete their information anytime, anywhere. With fields that you can modify, the software can be adapted to your way of training and help ensure your agency-specific policies and procedures are covered.
To learn more check out our website at http://www.agency360.com?utm_source=withinthetrenches or come see us in Booth 154 at the NENA Conference in Denver June 29th and 30th!Post Views: 344