Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 207 is a live audience episode and was recorded at the 2018 National APCO conference. Today is #IAM911 Day and the stories in the episode represent the #IAM911 Movement. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared. A big thanks also goes out to APCO for choosing my session for your great conference.
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Episode topics –
- #IAM911 Stories
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
I have been reflecting on all of the calls I have taken and although I would like to keep hitting you with the crazy calls, I thought I would give you a taste of something funny. During the first year of my current career I had already taken several calls that I never thought I would take. They were bad, they were good and they were very funny. I mean, I took a call once where a man was upset because his girlfriend was tossing his Spam out of the window of his camper. Anyhow, one that sticks out in my mind is a domestic call I took. Now I know that no domestic call is ever funny but this one was odd and funny.
It was a hot summer night and there was a full moon. For whatever reason the crazy shit hits the fan but we hang in there and do what we do. I was sitting at phones and the phone rang. I had already taken call after call and when I picked this one up I immediately heard screaming. I tried to get the caller to answer me but there was just yelling in the background. After bringing my voice down to a whisper someone finally spoke. I was relieved that I was able to make this technique work but the voice was not what I expected.
When the voice asked if I was there I pictured a Speak & Spell holding a phone up to where its ears would be. All I am saying is that the person had a robotic voice and I believe this caller was a person who had a Laryngectomy and was using a hand-held talking device. It was hard to understand this person and it turned out that the daughter of my caller was simply upset because she was not getting her way. Nothing bad had actually happened and they were just arguing. What made me look like an ass was that throughout the conversation I called this robotic wonder “Sir”. Why I went with sir, I don’t know but I assumed this was a man. Well I was wrong! This person was finally fed up with the sir business and said, “Sir…I am not a sir…I am a ma’am. This thing makes me sound like a man. HA-HA-HA”. Yeah…picture that with a robotic voice and try not to laugh. I wanted to at least chuckle but I bit my lip and stayed professional. After my shift I had a good laugh and to this day I remember it and it makes me smile.Post Views: 472
By Ricardo — 1 year ago
Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 202 features Morgan, dispatcher and public relations officer with Gasconade Central out of Missouri and is a Gold Line Scholarship winner. This episode was recorded at the convention center in Nashville, Tennessee for the 2018 National NENA conference.
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Episode topics –
- Morgan’s 9-1-1 story
- How Morgan started
- Early calls and calls that have stuck with her
- And more
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello everyone, I am back this week for episode 17 of Within the Trenches. This is the last of a series of episodes that were recorded at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton Florida. In this episode I sat down with four of Palm Beach State College 9-1-1 Dispatch Academy’s finest. The conversation I had with Lisa, Myrnett, Wayne and Kimberly was excellent and refreshing. Their insight and experience going through the academy brought me back to when I first started. My beginning wasn’t as elaborate but it definitely brought me back. Thank you very much for sitting with me and sharing your experience. I have dubbed you the Fearless Four. Good luck on your finals and I know you will do great things.
I want to thank Tom of the Cool Kids of 9-1-1 for inviting Within the Trenches to be part of this and everyone involved in the Mini-C conference and those who were guests on the show. On behalf of Whitney and I, we appreciate it more than you know. If you would like to know more about the Palm Beach State College 9-1-1 Dispatch Academy you can follow the link below. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to like us on Facebook!
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- Why each one of them wanted to get into dispatching
- Their experience in the academy
- Calls they have listened to
- The recent Bakersfield California call controversy
- Their message to anyone thinking of getting into dispatching