Within the Trenches (general)

Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 177 features April, Executive Director with Jasper County Emergency Services and Eric, Deputy Director with Christian County Emergency Services and is the last episode recorded at the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference.

Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference – Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics –

  • A discussion of PTSD
  • Symptoms
  • How to identify it

As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: wttep177.mp3
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Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 176 features Ashley and Jen, supervisors with Stone County Emergency Services and was recorded at the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference.

Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference – Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics –

  • Ashley’s 9-1-1 story
  • Jen’s 9-1-1 story
  • Calls that stick with you
  • Name calling
  • And more!

As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: wttep176.mp3
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Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 175 features April, Executive Director with Jasper County Emergency Services and Eric, Deputy Director with Christian County Emergency Services and was recorded at the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference. 

Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference - Facebook | Twitter | Web

CNN News Report on Joplin Tornado - Web

Episode topics –

  • April's 9-1-1 story
  • Eric's 9-1-1 story
  • The Joplin Tornado
  • TERT deployment
  • And more!

As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: wttep175.mp3
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Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. Episode 174 is a live audience episode recorded at the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference. This episode is called "Open Mic" where we talk about the lighter, more funny part of 9-1-1 dispatch. 

Episode topics –

  • She's throwing out my spam!
  • What's your last name? Browneye?
  • Lewd on the highway
  • Lewd in the parking lot
  • And more!

As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: wttep174.mp3
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Imagine 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.

Episode topics –

  • Stories from the #IAM911 movement
  • Live audience recording from MPSCC

As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: wttep173.mp3
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Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. 

News story - Time.com

Episode topics –

  • Podcast appearances
  • Jennifer's 9-1-1 Story
  • Taking calls from those you know
  • Calls that stick
  • A 9-1-1 call from Jennifer's daughter
  • Broward County, Florida - School shooting

As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: wttep172.mp3
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Welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches, true stories from the 9-1-1 dispatchers who live them. 

Episode topics -

  • Podcast appearances 
  • Recap of NENA 9-1-1 Goes to Washington
  • Celebrating 50 years of 9-1-1
  • Kari's Law - Official signing
  • NG9-1-1 Institute Awards Reception
  • FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel's speech

As always if you have any comments, questions, topic suggestions or you would like to be a guest, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: wttep171.mp3
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Ep 170 features Jim Marshall and Ryan Dedmon of the 911 Training Institute. 

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. To pre-order your copy of Jim Marshall's new book "The Resilient 911 Professional: A Comprehensive Guide to Surviving & Thriving Together in the 911 Center" please visit the institute website below. 

Sponsor - 

911 Training Institute – Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Survive & Thrive Fit Challenge recap
  • Candida Story
  • A suicidal caller, yoga and a save
  • Ryan's update
  • Jim's update
  • And more
Direct download: wttep170.mp3
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This episode is sponsored by the 911 Training Institute, unique mental health expertise for the very first responder. This episode is also supported by INdigital, a leader in Next-Gen Core Services. 

This episode features Leah, Deputy Director with Grand Traverse 9-1-1 out of Michigan. 

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Sponsor -

911 Training Institute – Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Leah's 9-1-1 story
  • Social media, Disasters and the PSAP
  • Hurricane Harvey and the PSAP
  • And more
Direct download: wttep169.mp3
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Ep 168 is sponsored by the 911 Training Institute and supported by INdigital. This episode features Chris, Director of Barren-Metcalfe Emergency Communications Center out of Kentucky and was recorded at the NENA SBP conference in Orlando, Florida. In this episode Chris shares his 9-1-1 story, details on the Kentucky 9-1-1 Summit and his opinion on a possible change in the dispatch identifier of PSAP to something more fitting of what a dispatch center does now.

This is an episode you don't want to miss. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Article mentioned in episode - Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they’re reported - Web

Podcast Sponsor -

911 Training Institute – Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Chris's 9-1-1 story
  • Kentucky Training Summit
  • www.the911summit.com
  • Should the name PSAP be changed to something else?
  • Should the name "dispatcher" be changed to something else?
  • Facebook suicide detection AI
Direct download: wttep168.mp3
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Ep 167 features Mary, Deputy Director with MACECOM out of Washington state. This episode is sponsored by the 911 Training Institute and supported by INdigital, a leader in Next-Gen Core Services. In this episode Mary talks about what is new at her dispatch center and informs our listeners of the upcoming Western Regional Conference in Tacoma, Washington. We also tackle the debate of "what is your emergency?" versus "where is your emergency?" It's a debate that has been out there for some time but has been recently brought to the frontline with the launch of FOX's new show, "9-1-1." It's an episode you don't want to miss and for more information on the Western Regional Conference follow the links below. 

Podcast Sponsor –

911 Training Institute – Facebook | Twitter | Web

MACECOM - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Western Regional Conference - 

We are pleased to announce that there is an app now available to support the 2018 APCO Western Regional Conference. You will need to download the “eventbase” app from the appropriate app store.  Links are available at http://free.eventbase.com/download or you can use the QR code below. After you launch the app, just search for APCO and select the APCO 2018 Western  Regional Conference. You can also find it by date: March 27, 2018. This app will provide the information you need: schedule, speakers, vendors and exhibitors, map, hotels, and conference center. You may mark sessions as favorites for quick access or add them to your calendar so you don’t miss what is important to you. You may also search by speaker or track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conference registration - Early Bird Registration Discount extended to Jan. 13th

Requests for local events or chapter mtgs should go to wr2018@waapconena.org

 

Episode topics -

  • 5 year anniversary reflection
  • What's new at MACECOM?
  • What's happening at the Western Regional Conference?
    • Highlighted speakers
    • The Super Session
    • Why is it important to attend a conference if you can?
Direct download: wttep167.mp3
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Ep 166 is sponsored by the 911 Training Institute and supported by INdigital, a leader in Next-Gen Core Services. This episode features Rob "Big Mac" McMullen, director at Vigo County 9-1-1 out of Indiana and current President of NENA. In this episode we catch up on what he is doing with NENA, automated dispatching and the new FOX TV series, "9-1-1." 

As always if you have any comments questions or you would like to be a guest on the show please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Podcast Sponsor -

911 Training Institute - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Catching up with Rob
  • Automated dispatching
  • Dispatch Debbie
  • FOX TV series - 9-1-1
Direct download: wttep166.mp3
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Imagine a bright sunny day on the farm while your son plays outside. You are on your tractor and realize you don’t see your son anymore. Panic sets in…Now imagine your 9-1-1 taking the call of a frantic father who has run over his child. The pain in his voice is haunting...
 
This is what it’s like, within the trenches. 
 
In this episode, you will hear stories from 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. This episode is the last one for 2017 and it ends with an announcement that I have been teasing for weeks. 
 
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…
Direct download: wttep165.mp3
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Ep 164 features the co-founder of The Healthy Dispatcher, Adam Timm. In this episode Adam gives an overview of his history from 9-1-1 dispatcher to health and mental wellness advocate. He talks about the first ever 9-1-1 Training Summit held in Charlotte, North Carolina in partnership with the Denise Amber Lee Foundation. We also talk about resolutions for the new year and what we can do to avoid stress in the workplace. 

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 wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

The Healthy Dispatcher - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Denise Amber Lee Foundation - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • The Healthy Dispatcher overview
  • 9-1-1 Training Summit
  • Avoiding stress in the workplace for the new year
  • And more
Direct download: wttep164.mp3
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Ep 163 features Jim Marshall, Director of the 911 Training Institute and Ryan Dedmon, Outreach Director. In this episode we reveal the details of the Survive & Thrive Fit Challenge. Per Ryan,

"The Survive & Thrive Fit Challenge is a collaborative partnership between the 911 Training Institute and Within the Trenches Podcast. Jim Marshall, the Director of the 911 Training Institute, developed this challenge after Survive & Thrive, one of his more popular training classes for dispatchers. Partnering with Ricardo Martinez, the Creator of Within the Trenches Podcast and Founder of the #IAM911 Movement, both men will begin a fitness journey together. They invite dispatchers, and all other first-responders, to join them on their journey to improve overall health, wellness, and quality of life at home and work. Use #SurviveThriveFC on social media to join and share your experiences. The official logo of the Survive & Thrive Fit Challenge, created by Within the Trenches Podcast. #SurviveThriveFC"
 
This is an episode you do not want to miss. If you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.
 
911 Training Institute - Facebook | Twitter | Web
 
Episode topics -
  • An overview of the 911 Training Institute
  • Background on Jim Marshall
  • Background on Ryan Dedmon
  • The Survive & Thrive Fit Challenge Reveal
Direct download: wttep163.mp3
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Ep 162 of Within the Trenches features Megan, alternate lead dispatcher with Cascade County, Great Falls Police Dispatch in Montana. In this episode Megan shares how she got into dispatching, calls that have stuck with her and a call that resulted in something rare in the world of dispatching. She got the opportunity to meet a caller and the callers father, a man she helped save through CPR instructions she gave.

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 wttpodcast@gmail.com.

KRTV News Report -

Episode topics -

  • Megan's 9-1-1 story
  • The calls you learn from
  • Lifesaver
  • And more...
Direct download: wttep162.mp3
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Ep 161 is the last of a series of episodes recorded live at the Illinois Public Safety Telecommunications Association conference. This was a hell of a show and I look forward to returning. Thank you to everyone for hosting the show and to those who stopped by to say hello, take pictures and especially to those who were guests on the podcast.

This episode features Vanessa, supervisor with West Suburban consolidated dispatch center. In this episode Vanessa shares her 9-1-1 story and those that have stuck with her. 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 wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • Vanessa's 9-1-1 story
  • Being suspicious of everyone
  • Dark humor in 9-1-1
  • And more 
Direct download: wttep161.mp3
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This episode is sponsored by Dispatch In Depth. A new podcast by the IAED. You can catch new episodes on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and Soundcloud. Ep 160 of Within the Trenches features Becky, ACS, or acting communications supervisor, and Mark a telecommunicator with Southeast Emergency Communications in IL.  In this episode both Becky and Mark share their 9-1-1 story, how they got started, calls that have stuck with them and how they can make one question the decisions they make in a moments notice. It’s 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 wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Podcast Sponsor – 

Dispatch In Depth by the IAED – iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Soundcloud

Episode topics –

  • Becky's 9-1-1 story
  • Mark's 9-1-1 story
  • Calls that stuck with them
  • Running scenarios
  • In dispatch mode out of the center
Direct download: wttep160.mp3
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This episode is sponsored by Dispatch In Depth. A new podcast by the IAED. You can catch new episodes on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and Soundcloud. Ep 159 of Within the Trenches features Rachel, Public Safety IT PM with Wake County out of NC and guest regular, director of Vigo County and President of NENA Rob ‘Bigmac’ McMullen. In this episode Rachel shares her 9-1-1 story. She talks about how she started in dispatch and switched over to a Public Safety IT PM. This episode spirals into hilarity as we talk about 9-1-1 topics and listen to a news story out of Polk County, FL that will have you cracking up. It's 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 wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

 

Podcast Sponsor – 

Dispatch In Depth by the IAED – iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Soundcloud

Episode topics -

  • Funny intro
  • Rachel's 9-1-1 story
  • Lip cheese
  • Trotting to jail
  • And more
Direct download: wttep159.mp3
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Episode 158 features Kim Turner, Communications Manager for San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California. She’s also the President of Kim Turner LLC. In this episode Kim tells her 9-1-1 story from dispatch to a police officer and back to run a dispatch center. She shares her experience with a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury and how dispatch saved her life. She also shares stories from two major incidents in and around her county. 

This is a must listen! As always if you have any comments, questions or you want to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Podcast Sponsor - 

Dispatch In Depth by the IAED - iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Soundcloud

Guest -

Kim Turner, LLC - Facebook | Twitter | Web

San Bernardino County Terrorist Attack -

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/02/us/san-bernardino-shooting/index.html

Episode topics -

  • Kim's 9-1-1 story
  • How 9-1-1 dispatch saved her life
  • The Christopher Dorner incident
  • San Bernardino County Terrorist Attack
  • And more...
Direct download: wttep158.mp3
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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 teldridge@rapidsos.com.

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show email wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

 

Sponsored by Dispatch In Depth Podcast by IAED

iTunes | Soundcloud | Stitcher Radio

Mentioned in the podcast - 

PTSD BUNKER GEAR FOR YOUR BRAIN

http://www.ptsdbunkergearforyourbrain.com/

Episode topics -

  • Tracy's 9-1-1 story
  • A call with Lexi
  • Battling PTSD
  • Dispatch Training
  • A transition to RapidSOS
Direct download: wttep157.mp3
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This episode is brought to you by Dispatch In Depth--a new podcast for emergency dispatchers. If you like Within The Trenches, you’re gonna want to check it out. Dispatch In Depth takes you deep into the why and how of emergency dispatching. It's produced by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch and hosted by Isabel Gardett, the Director of Academics at IAED. Each episode features an interview with experts in the field including researchers, dispatchers, responders and public safety officials—who talk about the work they’re doing to make emergency dispatching as safe and effective as possible. I’ve listened to each episode and they are educational and entertaining. Would you believe that levels of evidence for example on CPR protocols can be decided on with the help of animal studies? Pig studies led to the new compressions only that showed better outcomes in pigs. These studies can be compared to humans but, I don’t want to give away anymore. It’s something you have to listen to. The episode is Cardiac Arrested Development, just one of many great episodes of Dispatch In Depth available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and Soundcloud.
 
Halloween. It’s probably my favorite time of the year. I love to be scared. The horror genre is my favorite. According to the free encyclopedia, Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve is a celebration observed in a number of countries on the 31st of October. It begins the 3 day observance of Allhallowwide, the time of the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed. 
 
Others see it as a time for carving pumpkins with scary faces, trick or treating, goblins, ghost stories and haunted houses. During my time in dispatch I took all kinds of horrific calls from listening to someone as they took their last breath to someone finding a loved one hung in their home. They stick with me and will forever be embedded in my memory but two calls fall under the unusual and well...paranormal. 
 
This is Within the Trenches Ep 156...
 
Please check out the links below and as always if you have any comments, questions, or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.
 
Dispatch in Depth Podcast - iTunes | Soundcloud | Stitcher Radio
 
Halloween description - Wikipedia 
 
Al Capone research citation -
 
Episode topics -
  • Story 1 - The suspicious 2
  • Story 2 - The Yellow Motel & Al Capone
  • Story 3 - Home is where the ghosts are
Direct download: wttep156.mp3
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Ep 155 features Dee, a dispatcher out of the city of Rockport, Texas. In this episode Dee shares her 9-1-1 story as well as what it was like to work in dispatch during Hurricane Harvey. Rockport was ground zero for this hurricane and her story is an amazing one. From the city running out of resources to no cell service for weeks, Dee, along with her crew and those on the road worked hard. But what if you have to tell someone no to a request for help? In dispatch you don't tell people no but in this situation...there is no other option. 

This is a must listen. To Dee, her crew, those out on the road and the TERT team that came out to assist, thank you for what you do and thank you for sharing this story. As always, if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

CNN Report on Hurricane Harvey

Episode topics -

  • Dee's 9-1-1 story
  • Hurricane Harvey 
Direct download: wttep155.mp3
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Ep 154 is an extension of the podcast called Imagine Listening. It features the stories from the #IAM911 movement but this episodes' stories come from the 9-1-1 professionals of the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference. Following their stories is a presentation I gave at the conference. For years I have helped tell the stories of 9-1-1 dispatchers from all over the world but this time it's my turn. There are four videos shown during this presentation that you can view below. This is a must listen and share.

As always if you have any comments, questions, or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

Behind the Mic: Stories from the trenches -

WZZM13 Media Coverage of the podcast -

#IAM911 Video -

Project #IAM911 Video -

Episode topics -

  • #IAM911 stories from the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference
  • My personal #IAM911 story - Within the Trenches - Keep Broadcasting Your Message
Direct download: WTTEP154.mp3
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Ep 153 of Within the Trenches features Todd Sparrow, Director at Lawrenceburg 9-1-1 in Kentucky. In this episode Todd reflects on 35 years of public safety service, calls that have stuck with him, the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference and more. For more information on the conference please see the links below. 

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Kentucky Emergency Services Conference - Facebook | Web

 

 

Episode topics -

  • Todd's 9-1-1 story
  • A domestic call at 16 years of age
  • Kentucky Emergency Services Conference
  • #IAM911
Direct download: WTTEP153.mp3
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Ep 152 is an extension of the podcast called Imagine Listening. This episode features the stories of the #IAM911 movement. It also features a former police officer who tells his story of a burglary call he went out to that resulted in an officer involved shooting. This is an episode you do not want to miss.

Make sure to check out the links below and as always if you have any comments, questions, or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Natalie Harris - Podcast | Website

A letter to the man I killed -


Officer Involved (Documentary) - Website

Episode topics -

  • #IAM911 stories
  • Burglary radio traffic
  • Audio - A letter to the man I killed
Direct download: WTTEP152.mp3
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Today, August 24 2017 marks the one year anniversary of when I started the #IAM911 movement. In this episode we will take a look back at why I started it, the explosion, media coverage and the future of the movement. It has been one hell of a year and I thank all of you for the support. I may have started this but it is because of the entire Thin Gold Line that made it a global success. 

If you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Episode topics -

  • Medical recap
  • A look back at episode 114
  • #IAM911 explosion
  • Media coverage
  • Future
Direct download: WTTBonusEPIAM911.mp3
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Ep 151 features Brianna, Benton County Emergency Communications out of Arkansas & Rob McMullen, director of Vigo County out of Indiana & NENA President. This episode begins with my first day in San Antonio, Texas for the NENA national conference and a 9-1-1 call I had to make on a couple who was arguing and at one point the male half was hanging from a parking garage. Brianna and Rob tell stories of their own and share what is in store for Rob as the incoming President of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA.) 

This episode was recorded live at the National NENA conference in San Antonio, Texas and is a must listen. As always if you have any questions, comments or you want to be a guest on the show please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

 

Episode topics -

  • The domestic at the top of the parking garage
  • What is FirstNet?
  • Rob for President
  • And more!
Direct download: WTTEP151.mp3
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Episode 150 features Don, a dispatcher of  Sonoma County SO and Lee Ann, Dispatch Manager with Marin County SO out of California. In this episode we follow the 9-1-1 stories of Don and Lee Ann from the beginning to present day. We talk about the calls that stick with a person and those that can make or break ones career. This episode was recorded live at the National NENA conference in San Antonio, Texas and 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 wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

Episode topics -

  • Don's 9-1-1 story
  • Lee Ann's 9-1-1 story
  • 9-1-1 calls that stick
  • 9-1-1 calls that make or break a career
  • Don's life size pic of Rob
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP150.mp3
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Ep 149 features Jen, a telecommunicator out of an agency in Illinois. In this episode Jen tells her 9-1-1 story, shares some calls and stressors of the job, along with some educational points for those calling 9-1-1 on a cell phone and how cell phones can still be used to dial 9-1-1 even when there is no service.

This is a must listen so please check it out and share. As always if you have any questions, comments or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Episode topics -

  • Jen's 9-1-1 story
  • 9-1-1 prank
  • Kids playing on the phone and how to avoid it on a cell phone
  • Always know where you are
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP149.mp3
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Episode 148 features Adam Timm of The Healthy Dispatcher. This episode was recorded at the 2017 Michigan NENA conference in Lansing. In this episode Adam reflects on his dispatch career that spanned over 10 1/2 years in Los Angeles, California. He focuses on how stress from the job turned him into what his co-workers called him, "Angry Adam" and how going to classes to help deal with his stress helped him drop his angry persona and helped him realize his calling in helping his fellow dispatchers become less stressed and focus on their health and mental wellness.

This is a must listen! As always if you have any comments, questions or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. For more information on Adam Timm and The Healthy Dispatcher see the links below.

The Healthy Dispatcher - Facebook | Linkedin |Twitter | Web

 

 

 

Episode topics -

  • Adam's 9-1-1 story
  • To judge or not to judge
  • The death of "Angry Adam"
  • The rise of The Healthy Dispatcher
Direct download: WTTEP148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

Ep 147 was recorded in front of a live audience at the 2017 Indiana NENA/APCO conference. Dispatchers share their outrageous and funny calls.  

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • Open mic - "That feels so good..."
  • Open mic - "I'm willing to try..."
  • 911 call - The billboard
  • And much more
Direct download: WTTEP147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

Today’s episode is a hard one. If you have followed the #IAM911 movement then you know that many of the stories told by the dispatchers who lived them are hard ones. There are some good ones but they are rare. Many 9-1-1 professionals have poured their hearts out for the movement and continue to do so. In doing this they have opened the eyes of millions to what they do every single time they answer a call. These professionals have also found a way to tell their stories, heal and find some sort of closure.

As my team and I continued to help share these important stories I had a thought, “Why not reach an even bigger audience by sharing them on the podcast?” This is now known as “Imagine Listening”, an extension of the podcast featuring the stories of the #IAM911 movement. When recording these episodes, I read each story so that more people can get a feel for the types of calls, emotions and stress the dispatcher deals with.

They have become quite popular and in this episode, I recorded it with a live audience. There were about 120 people in attendance and some dispatchers read their owns stories. Others wrote them down and my co-presenter Rob and I read them out loud. The room was packed and the emotions were high. We shared our stories and we healed. This is an important episode indeed.

Please listen and share with everyone you know including local leaders. Let them know why you should be recognized as a 9-1-1 professional. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

***WARNING – IF YOU SUFFER FROM PTSD OR HAVE SUICIDAL TENDENCIES THIS MAY BE A TRIGGER. YOU ARE LISTENING AT YOUR OWN RISK.***

Direct download: WTTEP146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

Ep 145 features Sarah, Assistant Director at Kosciusko County out of Indiana and Curt, Sales Engineer with INdigital.

In this episode we go back in time a few years to when Curt, who lived down the street from the Kosciusko County 9-1-1 dispatch center fell out of a tree and his wife had to call 9-1-1. Sarah, was the call taker that day and in this one story, they both found out what the other was doing before and after the call. To bring them together and allow for closure was a great experience. 

This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Episode topics –

  • Curt’s side of the 9-1-1 call
  • Sarah's side of the 9-1-1 call
  • Know your location
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

Episode 144 features show favorite Rob "Big Mac" McMullen and is the first Facebook Live episode. In this episode we play some funny 9-1-1 tapes, interact with our Facebook Live audience and share hilarious stories. 

You don't want to miss this one! As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Episode topics -

  • 9-1-1 stories
  • Live at Indiana NENA/APCO conference
  • 9-1-1 tapes
Direct download: WTTEP144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

Ep 143 features Bill, Quality Assurance Specialist with Horry County E911, South Carolina.

In this episode I got the chance to speak with Bill about his 9-1-1 dispatch career after retiring from the military and how crucial it is to follow protocols in the center. Bill shares a story where confirming the location was not followed and how critical it is to do so in an emergency. If you ever wanted to know what you need when calling 9-1-1, this is the episode for you. Please check it out and share it. 

This is the last episode recorded at the IAED's annual NAVIGATOR conference and it was a complete success. Thank you to everyone with the IAED for the hospitality and giving me the opportunity to attend the conference, speak and do the podcast. 

To learn more about the IAED and the Annals of Emergency Dispatch & Response follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

IAED - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Annals of Emergency Dispatch & Response - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Bill's 9-1-1 story
  • Early training calls
  • Location is key
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45am EDT

Ep 142 features Erin, Communications Specialist at Loveland Emergency Communications out of Colorado and the 2017 IAED Dispatcher of the Year.

In this episode we take a trip down memory lane with Erin as she talks about her early 9-1-1 career to present day. She shares stories including one from when she was training and took her first 9-1-1 call with her trainer and when she answered she added a few "1's" to 9-1-1. She also shares her call and experience that lead to her becoming the 2017 IAED Dispatcher of the Year. 

This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about the IAED follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

IAED - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Erin's 9-1-1 story
  • Early training calls
  • IAED Dispatcher of the Year
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

Ep 141 features Ryan Dedmon, Outreach Director with the 911 Training Institute and creator of the popular blog Operation 10-8.

In this episode I finally got the chance to not only have Ryan on an episode where we are face-to-face but we finally met after almost a year of talking online. Ryan explains the reasons why the 9-1-1 Wellness Foundation closed its doors and what's new in the world of the 9-1-1 Training Institute. 

This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about the IAED and the 9-1-1 Training Institute follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

9-1-1 Training Institute - Facebook | Web

Operation 10-8 - Facebook | Web

IAED - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • The decision to close the doors of the 9-1-1 Wellness Foundation
  • 9-1-1 calls
  • What's new at the 9-1-1 Training Institute?
  • Upcoming training 
Direct download: WTTEP141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50am EDT

Ep 140 features Ty, Director of Education with NENA and Lisa, Education Instructor for NENA.

In this episode we follow Lisa through every rank in dispatch she held up and to the point that she left to become an instructor. Both Lisa and Ty share 9-1-1 stories from their career and let us in on what's new at NENA and their upcoming annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.

This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about the IAED and NENA follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

NENA - Facebook | Twitter | Web

IAED - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Lisa's 9-1-1 story
  • 9-1-1 calls
  • What's new at NENA?
  • Upcoming training & annual national conference
Direct download: WTTEP140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27am EDT

Ep 139 features the CEO and Public Relations Director of Uivo, Emily and David. Uivo is the only fast and secure emergency contact system for personal property that works directly with public safety dispatch centers. In this episode we learn about how both Emily and David got into public safety. Emily has a background in 9-1-1 dispatch and David is a current firefighter and paramedic. Emily's experience in the 9-1-1 world was an inspiration to the development of Uivo. 

This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about Uivo and the IAED follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Uivo - Facebook | Web

IAED – Facebook | Twitter | Web

 

Episode topics –

  • Emily’s 9-1-1 story
  • David's public safety story
  • 9-1-1 calls
  • The severed foot run
  • NAVIGATOR conference experience
Direct download: WTTEP139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

Ep 138 features Christine, dispatch supervisor with Waukesha, Wisconsin and Drew, manager of EMS and flight communications of Columbia City, Indiana. In this episode we follow Christine and Drew as they reflect on their careers and how they got there. Stories are shared along with moments of clarity and realization that this job is not just a job but a life long career. 

This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about the IAED follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

IAED - Facebook | Twitter | Web

 

Episode topics -

  • Christine's 9-1-1 story
  • Drew jump into public safety
  • 9-1-1 calls
  • NAVIGATOR conference experience
Direct download: WTTEP138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

Ep 137 features Ethan, a dispatcher out of NC & Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship Recipient & Daphanie, dispatcher and past guest out of FL and she is also one of the Within the Trenches Podcast Facebook Page Admins. In this episode we follow Ethan's journey into medical dispatching as well as stories from his career. As a first timer to the IAED's NAVIGATOR conference he touches on his experience and Daphanie lends some insight on the conference, networking and a few of her personal 9-1-1 stories.

This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about the IAED follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

IAED - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Ethan's 9-1-1 story
  • 9-1-1 calls
  • NAVIGATOR conference experience
Direct download: WTTEP137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

This is a special episode that you don't want to miss. In this episode my wife Rebecca joins me to chat about what it was like for her during my time working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Not many people know this but as a dispatcher you miss out on all kinds of family time. You will more than likely work days, nights, weekends, holiday's and some people work forced overtime. This episode is an #IAM911 story, but from the spouses side. 

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

Episode topics -

  • Podcast updates
  • National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
  • IAM911 from the spouses side
Direct download: WTTEP136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

This is an episode you do not want to miss! No intro on this one. It's a surprise guest. Please listen, enjoy and share!

Direct download: WTTEP135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

Episode 134 of Within the Trenches features Caroline Burau, 12 year 9-1-1 dispatch veteran and author of Answering 911: Life in the hot seat and Tell me exactly what happened. In this episode Caroline talks about how she got into dispatching, 9-1-1 calls that stuck with her, her inspiration for writing and much more! I also make an announcement that I have been holding back for some time and it's an amazing one. This episode is one you don't want to miss so please listen and share. Below you will find some links to Caroline's social media and website.

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Caroline Burau - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Caroline's 9-1-1 story
  • Early calls
  • Writing, publishing, healing
Direct download: WTTEP134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

Episode 133 of the podcast features Kaylyn, a 9-1-1 dispatcher & content creator out of Northern California. She is the creator of the popular YouTube channel Youmarriedme. In this episode Kaylyn shares her 9-1-1 story along with her inspiration for Youmarriedme. One of her stories left me speechless. It's a powerful one that you don't want to miss! Below you will find links to her social media outlets.

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Youmarriedme - Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

 

Episode topics -

  • Kaylyn's 911 story
  • Kaylyn's first high priority call
  • Kaylyn's closure, 5 years after a suicide call
  • Inspiration for "Youmarriedme"

 


 

Direct download: WTTEP133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

Within the Trenches is back with episode 132! After this website being down for almost a week it is back up and iTunes subscriptions are up and running again too. In this episode I spoke with Mary the Deputy Director of Macecom out of Washington State and also the author of a very popular article "Dispatch on the Brain" for The Journal through the IAED. We visit her personal 9-1-1 journey, calls she has taken and much more. 

This is a must listen! As always if you have any questions, comments or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. Also make sure to check the links below. Macecom is currently hiring and please go to Macecom's Facebook page and like them. Mary's article is also listed along with the link to 911ceu.com. 

 

Macecom - Facebook | Web 

Macecom - Now hiring!

Dispatch on the Brain by Mary | The Journal

911CEU - Web

Episode topics -

  • Website issues recap
  • Mary's 9-1-1 story
  • Mary's 9-1-1 calls
  • Dispatch on the Brain article discussion
Direct download: WTTEP132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21am EDT

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 wttpodcast@gmail.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. 

Episode topics -

  • Stories from the #IAM911 movement
  • 911 tape - North Hollywood bank heist shootout
Direct download: WTTEP131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

wttNewLogoEp 130 features April, Industry Affairs Specialist with INdigital and former 911 Director with Eaton County 911 out of Michigan along with Larry, Director of Sales and Marketing with INdigital and former Reserve Officer with Hudsonville PD out of Michigan. In this episode we share dispatch stories and listen to 9-1-1 calls. 

This is a must listen! As always if you have any questions, comments or if you want to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • April's 9-1-1 story
  • Suicide call April took
  • Larry's public safety start

 

911 Tapes -

  • Tape 1 - CPR - In July 2009 a Charleston County (SC) woman suffered a cardiac arrest at home, and her husband dialed 911 for help. Dispatcher Melissa gave him CPR instructions, and he performed for six minutes until EMS units arrived. His wife Christine survived.
  • Tape 2 - In July 2009 a Boca Raton couple were attacked by a “crazy” fox, and they used a PVC pipe to club the animal to death. Michael and Dani dialed 911 for help. Oddly, 10 minutes later a raccoon attacked a person several blocks away.
  • Tape 3 - In Nov. 2009 a 4 year-old girl in Charles County (Md.) dialed 911 for help when her mother became ill. Child gave dispatcher information that allowed EMS units to quickly arrive and treat her mother’s diabetic emergency.
  • Tape 4 - In July 2007 two elephants from a visiting circus wandered past their electric-fence enclosure and into the neighborhoods of Newmarket (Ont., Canada) to graze on grass and trees. A group of people walking home spotted the elephants and dialed 911 to report their sighting to a surprised dispatcher. The elephants were rounded up without incidents.
  • Tape 5 - In May 2010 a Northport (Fla.) woman dialed 911 to complain about her pizza order. Caller acknowledged the call wasn’t an emergency, but still complained.
  • Tape 6 - In Nov. 2010 a Puyallup (Wash.) woman dialed 911 from a closet after hearing someone break into her home mid-morning. Puyallup PD dispatcher Dorene answered the call and expertly asked questions and reassured the caller.
 
*** Tape credit goes to my good friend Gary of 911dispatch.com for allowing me to use his library for the podcast. RIP sir and I will be forever grateful to you. ***
Direct download: WTTEP130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

wttNewLogoEp 129 of the podcast features Jerry, Chair of the Board of Accreditation for the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, the organization charged with setting standards, establishing curriculum, and conducting research for public safety dispatch worldwide and Mike, who is the Digital and Social Media Content Editor of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. In this episode we share medical dispatch stories, learn about the IAED and their upcoming 2017 NAVIGATOR conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. They will be featuring the podcast at the conference and I will be giving a class called, "Keep Broadcasting Your Message." 

The Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship is up and the IAED and I are going to be pushing it hard. The deadline is February 15, 2017 and it's an opportunity that you do not want to miss out on. Below you will find out what you can get from the scholarship and a link on where to apply. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship - Web

IAED - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Scholarship includes -

  • Complimentary registration to the NAVIGATOR 2017 Conference
  • Complimentary registration for a one-day pre-conference course of choice at NAVIGATOR 2017
  • A $500 travel stipend
  • Official Within the Trenches T-shirt

Episode topics -

  • How Jerry got into public safety?
  • How Mike got into public safety?
  • Medical dispatch stories
  • What is the IAED?
  • What is the NAVIGATOR Conference
Direct download: WTTEP129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

wttNewLogoImagine 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…
Direct download: WTTEP128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am EDT

wttPodcastCoverEpisode 127 features show regular Rob "Big Mac" McMullen, Director of Vigo County 9-1-1 in Indiana and 1st VP of NENA. In this episode we talk about those unwanted stomach issues in dispatch. The ones that attack when a high priority call comes in and you are unable to get up to use the bathroom. It happens to some more often then you would think. We also play a few 9-1-1 tapes that you don't want to miss. They come from the archive of 911dispatch.com. Thank you and R.I.P. Gary. I will forever be grateful to you for your help and kindness. 

Episode 128 and 129 are also coming up where 128 will be the second installment of Imagine Listening, an extension of the podcast featuring the stories of the #IAM911 movement. 129 will feature the IAED and the 2017 Navigator conference. There is a lot more to come so don't miss out!

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Episode topics -

  • Medical issues in dispatch
  • Pootastic dispatch stories
  • Tape 1 - Naughty kids
  • Tape 2 - Lady wants officer to come back to her home
  • Tape 3 - Dog calls 911
  • Tape 4 - Manny to the rescue
Direct download: WTTP127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverEpisode 126 is different from the rest. It's the introduction to Within the Trenches - Imagine Listening, an extension of the podcast featuring stories from the #IAM911 movement. What you are about to hear are true stories. While some have good outcomes, the majority are horrifying. A warning...if you suffer from PTSD or have suicidal tendencies this episode may be a trigger. LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

This episode also touches on PTSD in 9-1-1 dispatch and a look at the dark humor that comes with the job. A shout out goes to Dave, Tim and Amy of Darkness Radio for having me on their show. Below you will find links to my interview and a shout out to Mike of Sword & Scale for having me on episode #82 of his podcast. As always if you have any questions or want to be a guest on show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship - Web

Sword and Scale - Facebook | iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Twitter | Web | Episode #82

Darkness Radio - Facebook | Twitter | Web | Interview - Hour 1 | Interview - Hour 2

Episode topics -

  • Imagine Listening featuring #IAM911 Stories
  • PTSD in 9-1-1 Dispatch
  • Dark Humor

 

Direct download: WTTEP126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverEpisode 125 features an interview with Kyle, a 9-1-1 dispatcher with Montgomery County Central Communications Center out of Indiana. He shares his 9-1-1 story and a recent call that follows a tragedy involving a mother who murdered her own children, stabbed herself in the neck but lived. She has been charged with two counts of murder and so far, has pleaded not guilty. This is an episode you don't want to miss. This is also part of the season finale of the Sword & Scale podcast.

As always if you have any questions or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Brandi Worley Case - FOX59

Sword and Scale - Facebook | iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Kyle's 9-1-1 story
  • Brandi Worley news story
  • Shout out to the Sword and Scale podcast
Direct download: WTTP125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverThis is a short episode on the Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship in association with the IAED, a recap of stories told in Ep. 123 and a shout out to Sword & Scale, an addicting true crime podcast that you must check out! I helped out on episode 82, their season finale and it is horrific! Per Mike, "DO NOT LISTEN TO EPISODE 82!" 

As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship - Web

Sword and Scale - Facebook | iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Twitter | Web

 

Episode topics -

  • Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship
  • Episode 123 story recap
  • Shout out to Sword and Scale podcast
Direct download: WTTEP124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

Within the Trenches Ep 123 -

This episode features four of my personal #IAM911 movement stories. They are the stories that started it all and now they have more of an explanation to them. Enjoy, share and make sure to check out the IAED links below as well as the information on the Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship. 

As always if you have any questions, comments or you want to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

IAED - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship

#IAM911 Stories 

  • Four wheeler flip
  • Suicide - car vs tree
  • Grandma death 
  • Baby death

 

Direct download: WTTEP123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverWithin the Trenches episode 122 is sponsored by INdigital, a leader in Next-Gen Core Services. This episode features Jennifer, a dispatcher with Ogle County Sheriff’s Office out of Illinois and show regular Rob 'Big Mac' McMullen, director with Vigo County, Indiana and 1st VP of NENA. Jennifer shares her 9-1-1 story, we visit a tragic homicide case out of Montgomery County, Indiana and we share some updates on the #IAM911 movement, decals and the IAED/Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship. 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 wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship Registration - Web

 

Episode topics -

  • Update on inner ear issue and vertigo
  • Update on vinyl decals
  • Update on #IAM911 and Project #IAM911
  • Update on IAED and Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship
  • Jennifer's 9-1-1 story
  • Montgomery County, Indiana Homicide
Direct download: WTTEP122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

wttNewLogoWelcome to episode 121 of Within the Trenches. In this episode I had the opportunity to speak with Bailey, a Dispatcher and Corrections Officer with Mountrail Sheriff’s Department out of North Dakota. She is also a singer and songwriter and released a song based on her experience as a 9-1-1 professional back in April of 2016. The song was submitted as an #IAM911 movement post and is a must listen. Bailey shares her story in this episode along with her song. Below are links to her music and social media.

This episode also highlights the 2017 Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship that will help send a 9-1-1 professional to the IAED - 2017 NAVIGATOR conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is a great opportunity so don't miss out! As always, if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Bailey - Music | Twitter


Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship - Web

Episode topics -

  • #IAM911 Update
  • Project #IAM911 Update
  • Vinyl decal Update
  • Bailey's 9-1-1 story
  • "I Am Waiting"
  • And more
 
Direct download: WTTEP121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

 

wttPodcastCoverWelcome back to another great episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. In this episode I go solo and update everyone on major happenings with the podcast, the #IAM911 movement, Project #IAM911 and the recent announcement on my collaboration with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED.) I also share an audio #IAM911 story from Donita, a 9-1-1 professional, as well as a video I put together as a glimpse into the stories that make up the movement.

This is an episode you don't want to miss. There is an important message about the Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship that will be pushed out soon for the IAED's 2017 Navigator conference so make sure to listen in. Make sure to check out the links below and as always if you have any questions or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • Recent conference attendance
  • Adam Timm - The Healthy Dispatcher class
  • #IAM911 movement update
  • Project #IAM911 update
  • IAED collaboration update
  • An #IAM911 audio story by Donita
  • The #IAM911 Movement - Video in audio form
  • And more

International Academies of Emergency Dispatch - Facebook | Twitter | Web

An #IAM911 audio story by Donita, a 9-1-1 professional

The #IAM911 Movement - Created by Ricardo Martinez II, Host and Creator of Within the Trenches and Founder of the #IAM911 Movement

Direct download: WTTEP120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

wttNewLogoWelcome to episode 119 or 9-1-1 of Within the Trenches. In this episode I had the chance to speak with Brianna, deputy director with Benton County Office of Emergency Communications in Arkansas and show regular, Rob “Big Mac” McMullen, director of Vigo County out of Indiana and 1st VP of NENA. We recorded live from the Hilton in Columbus, Ohio for the NENA Standards and Best Practices Conference as well as the Critical Issues Forum. This episode was a lot of fun to record and we covered a lot of topics so please make sure to check it out and share.

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 



Episode topics -

  • Brianna's 9-1-1 story
  • Brianna's first 9-1-1 call
  • #IAM911
  • Project #IAM911 
  • Dogs ate owner call
  • On the go CPR
  • Illinois conference decal offer
  • And more

On the go CPR (as mentioned in the podcast)

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Direct download: WTTEP119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

wttNewLogoWelcome back to Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. In this episode I finally got the chance to speak to Ryan, who serves with the 911 Wellness Foundation as well as a consultant for the 911 Training Institute and runs the blog and social media outlets for Operation 10-8. This has been about 2 years in the making but it was worth the wait. Also on the podcast is Lloyd, a previous guest on the show and a police dispatcher in Western Canada. This was a lot of fun to record.

As always, if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show email wttpodcast@gmail.com. Below you will find links for both Ryan and Lloyd's blogs and more.

 

Ryan -

Operation 10-8 - Facebook | Web

911 Wellness Foundation - Facebook | Web

Lloyd -

Dispatch Monkey - Facebook | Twitter | Web

Episode topics -

  • Ryan's background in public safety
  • Operation 10-8
  • Dispatch Monkey Blog
  • Snails call
  • Goats call
  • Marijuana call
  • #IAM911 movement
Direct download: WTTEP118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

wttNewLogoWelcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Today is September 15th, 2016 and there are only 5 days left until the ability to submit a public comment closes. The #IAM911 movement has raised all kinds of awareness on the issue of reclassification for Public Safety Telecommunicators (PSTs) from "clerical" to "protective", but most of all the awareness of what PSTs go through on a day to day basis. The support from the Thin Gold Line, the public, those on the road, industry partners and those in Office has been amazing! 

With that said, episode 117 has a special guest. In this episode I spoke with a former Public Safety Telecommunicator and currently the U.S. Representative for California’s 35th District, Congresswoman Norma Torres. This was a lot of fun to record. She shared stories from her time in dispatch up to her current position in Congress. She recently sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in reference to their decision to reject the reclassification proposal started by APCO International. It was an honor to have her on the podcast and below you will find a link to the letter she sent to the OMB, her social media and links to where you can provide information to APCO International and NENA for public comment.

We only have 5 days left so let's push it! Continue to share your stories and go to the websites below and submit your public comment. As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Congresswoman Norma Torres - Facebook | Twitter | Web | Letter to OMB

APCO International - Facebook | Twitter | Web | Public Comment

NENA - Facebook | Twitter | Web | Public Comment

Episode topics -

  • #IAM911 Change.org petition - Not affiliated with the #IAM911 Movement
  • Congresswoman Torres on how she got her start in dispatch
  • Letter to OMB
  • What if scenario if OMB rejects for a second time
  • And more...
Direct download: WTTEP117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverWelcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks and instead of boring you with text on this post I would like for you to listen to this episode with guest Jamison, Director of Weakly County 9-1-1 & is the Emergency Management Director as well as an ENP and 2nd VP of NENA and share it on social media. In this episode we take a deep dive look at the reclassification issue. 

As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. To see what you can do to help NENA's push for reclassification follow the link below. Also if you have not done so make sure to check out the t-shirts for the #IAM911 movement. 

NENA - Web | Facebook | Twitter

NENA Reclassification - Web

#IAM911 t-shirt - Web

Episode topics -

  • Jamisons's 9-1-1 story
  • The fight for reclassification
  • #IAM911 movement

 

Direct download: WTTEP116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37am EDT

wttPodcastCoverWelcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. A lot has happened in the past week. On August 24th 2016 I started the #IAM911 movement, which is an effort to assist in the reclassification of Public Safety Telecommunicators (PSTs) from "clerical" to "protective." Both APCO International and NENA are pushing to get this passed. Public comments are open until September 20th 2016 (In the episode I mention the 16th and at the end the 20th. The 20th is the right day.) 

The part of the public comments that interested me was the request for stories to show how we differ from commercial dispatchers and clerical workers. I felt that it was necessary to share stories as proof that PSTs are completely different. I shared a few stories and asked for others to share and the movement exploded. It has gone global and dispatchers everywhere are joining the movement to assist the reclassification push as well as bring to light what PSTs go through on a daily basis. 

This episode has much more so please 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 wttpodcast@gmail.com. Also remember to check out APCO International and NENA below to see where you can submit your public comments. If you want to join the #IAM911 movement you may do so by sharing a story by meme, text or video, remember to use #IAM911 at the end and submit it to Within the Trenches on Facebook or Twitter. 

APCO International - Web

NENA - Web

Within the Trenches - Facebook | Twitter

Episode topics -

  • Episode 12 tooth story
  • Recent tooth story
  • A moment of clarity - I love you bro...
  • The #IAM911 Movement
Direct download: WTTEP115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:45am EDT

wttNewLogoGood morning and welcome to episode 114 of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. A lot has happened since the last episode and instead of boring you with text I will let you get to this episode. Check out the topics below and make sure to listen and share! As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show you can email us at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • #IAM911 Movement
  • How to participate in the movement
  • Suicide Call
  • Grandmother Death Call
  • Four wheeler Flip Call
Direct download: WTTEP114.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:16am EDT

wttPodcastCoverWith all of the B.S. going on in the world right now I thought I would do a funny episode with the always epic Rob "Big Mac" McMullen. In this episode we share some personal stories along with a few funny 9-1-1 tapes. A big thanks goes out to the person who hooked me up with the tapes. They are awesome and shows what we deal with in dispatch. It's definitely light hearted and if you are looking for a laugh then make sure to check this out and share!

As always if you have any questions or you want to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

Episode topics -

  • Rob's trip from hell
  • A Ricardo recap
  • I've locked myself in my car - 9-1-1 call
  • I want my soup - 9-1-1 call
  • Report of stolen false teeth - 9-1-1 call
  • There is no one to make lunch - 9-1-1 call
  • Put it in the wrong place - 9-1-1 call
Direct download: WTTEP113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverWelcome to Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Episode 112 features Jordon, a dispatcher and CTO out of Colorado and this episode is kind of a behind the scenes look at the voiceover work for the podcast. It’s a funny one and towards the end we talk about marijuana, Colorado’s legalization, edibles and how they pertain to 9-1-1.

It was a funny episode to record and I hope you enjoy it. As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Decals - Dispatch Love | Daughters of Dispatch | Sons of Dispatch

T-shirts - Sons of Dispatch (Split by size) | Daughters of Dispatch (Split by size) | Dispatch Love (Split by size) | Official Podcast Tee (Split by size)

Episode topics –

  • NENA conference recap
  • Podcast merchandise
  • The birth of my daughter Olivia
  • Podcast Voiceover
  • Marijuana edibles
Direct download: WTTEP112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverWelcome to an all new episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. In this episode I spoke with the first recipient of the Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship. Her name is Leslie, a Telecommunicator, CTO and 2016 recipient of the Mary Antley Telecommunicator of the Year Award. She dispatches out of New Hanover County in North Carolina and it was an honor to have her on the show. We recorded live from the Indiana Convention Center for the 2016 National NENA Conference & Expo. This episode is sponsored by NENA and INdigital - A leader in Next-Gen Core Services.

I was given an opportunity three years ago to bring my newly created podcast to the National NENA conference in Charlotte North Carolina. It changed my life in so many ways. I told my wife that one day I would pay it forward and I did that by creating a scholarship that would send a dispatcher to the national conference. There is so much to say about Leslie but I would rather you hear her story in her own words. Once again it was an honor to have her on the show and I see big things coming in her future. Keep doing what you do!

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • How Leslie started out in dispatch
  • Early phone calls
  • A call that changed her life
  • Mary Antley Award
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverWelcome to an all new episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. In this episode I spoke with dispatchers from Indiana with the code names of Maverick and Phoenix. We recorded live from the Indiana Convention Center for the 2016 National NENA Conference & Expo. This episode is sponsored by NENA and INdigital - A leader in Next-Gen Core Services. 

This episode is hilarious and I can't even start to explain the stories we told but it was a good time and if you are looking for a good laugh make sure to listen and share. As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Episode topics -

  • Top Gun
  • Early morning accident
  • The loss of a member
  • Tyson voice
Direct download: WTTEP110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverWithin the Trenches is back with episode 109 and you don't want to miss this one. I got the chance to speak with three great individuals including Greg with Van Buren County 9-1-1 along with Jim and Dee Ann of the 9-1-1 Wellness Foundation. We had a great time recording this episode of the show but we also learned a lot. In this episode we shared several stories and Jim talked about his class at the 2016 Michigan NENA conference as well as what the foundation is currently working on for the national conference and future endeavors. 

This was an extra special episode for me since it marked 3 years since I made my podcast debut as well as conference speaking debut at Michigan NENA 2013. I recorded episodes with great people that year including Jim and Dee Ann and afterward I was advised that I would be doing the podcast at the national show in North Carolina. I remember standing there in shock at everything that was happening and Jim pulled me aside, put his arm around me and said,

"This is how it starts, it's where your change begins." 

I will never forget that day. Thank you to everyone who helped me in the beginning and to those who continue to help and believe in what I am doing. I love doing what I do! If you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

9-1-1 Wellness Foundation - Web | Facebook | Twitter

9-1-1 Wellness Foundation GoFundMe - Web

Episode topics -

  • Jim's Michigan NENA Course
  • Dealing with mean callers
  • How to communicate at home
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverGood evening and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This past week I was in Lansing, Michigan for the 2016 Michigan NENA conference. It could not have gone any better. I got the chance to catch up with old friends and met a lot of new ones. It was great to see all of you and it was especially nice to see the crew from Van Buren County 9-1-1, Greg, Mike and Jennifer. It had been a while since I last saw them but we fell right back into it when we recorded this together.

In episode 108 we visit our first calls, suicide by gun, domestic violence and spam. This is a must listen so make sure to check it out and share! As always, if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • First calls
  • How the crew of Van Buren County 9-1-1 started dispatching
  • Death by train
  • DV & Spam
  • Car vs animal
  • And more!
Direct download: WTTEP108.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

wttPodcastCoverWithin the Trenches is back! Episode 107 is sponsored by INdigital - A leader in Next-Gen Core Services. In this episode I sat down with my brother Fernando to tell some personal stories that include a possible UFO sighting and a 9-1-1 tape of those sightings. A shoutout goes to OpenMinds - UFO News and Investigations for the short story and the audio. Also the Sons and Daughters of Dispatch decals are available for purchase so get yours while you can! Another shoutout goes to Heather of Absolute Photography in Holland, MI for assisting with the first few orders of vinyl decals. You do amazing work and if anyone is looking for vinyl Heather is your top choice!

This episode is a must listen so make sure to 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 wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Heather - Absolute Photography - Web | Facebook

Episode topics -

  • Santa came early
  • House break-in
  • UFO sighting

Direct download: WTTEP107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverWelcome to episode 106 of Within the Trenches! This episode is sponsored by Indiana NENA and INdigital, a leader in Next-Gen Core Services. In this episode I sat down with the ladies of Vigo County 9-1-1 Indiana and it was epic! Joining me was dispatchers, Chelsey, Kelsie, Heather and Hanna along with their director Rob "Big Mac" McMullen. There are so many different topics on here that I can't even begin to talk about it. You have to listen to it to understand.

This is a must listen so make sure to check it out and share it up! As always if you have any questions or you want to be a guest on the show you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Episode topics -

  • Robbing custard
  • "Your Mom"
  • "Are you a psychic?"
  • And more!
Direct download: WTTEP106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverRecording live from the 2016 Indiana NENA/APCO Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana it's episode 105 of Within the Trenches, sponsored by Indiana NENA and INdigital - A leader in Next-Gen Core Services. This episode is entitled "Open Mic". My guest list consists of show regular Rob, Nicole, Assistant Director of Montgomery County, Lindsey, dispatcher with Fulton County and the audience/attendees of the conference. This was the first time I have ever done a podcast with a live audience and it turned out amazing! We tell all kinds of funny stories and some of them may make you blush. There is a warning in the beginning so listen and remember, you have been warned. 

This is a must listen so make sure to check it out and share! As always if you have any questions or if you want to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • Bottle cap story
  • "Annie are you ok, are you ok Annie?"
  • "I am the drunk driver"
  • "Something is stuck"
  • And many more!
Direct download: WTTEP105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoRecording live from the 2016 Indiana NENA/APCO Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana it's episode 104 of Within the Trenches, sponsored by Indiana NENA and INdigital - A leader in Next-Gen Core Services. In this episode, show regular, Rob "Big Mac" McMullen joined me to talk about anything and everything we could think of. I can't even begin to mention what all we talked about but shout outs go to Leah of Grand Traverse, Smart911, the graphic design talents of Rizzo and the 911 Wellness Foundation. 

This is a must listen so check it out, share and share again. As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Episode topics -

 

  • Rob is a celebrity
  • Rob loves the media
  • New Hampshire or bust
  • And more...
Direct download: WTTEP104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoWelcome to Within the Trenches and this is episode 103. This episode is sponsored by INdigital - A leader in Next Gen Core Services. 

Last week for episode 102 I spoke with Lloyd out of Canada and he shared his 911 story and touched on mental health and dispatch wellness as well as how he started Dispatch Monkey. If you missed that episode please make sure to go and listen and share. 

The Sons/Daughters of Dispatch decals are currently up for a second round and available for only 2 weeks (end date April 2nd2016). They are 5X5 decals at $9.99 + shipping. A portion of the money made goes to fund a scholarship for the 2016 National NENA conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are also t-shirts of the logo made by Threadsy Tee that will be going up for sale as well so keep an eye out for them. As for the scholarship it includes,

  • Complementary registration to the conference & expo
  • Complementary registration for a one-day pre-conference course of your choice
  • A $500 travel stipend
  • Official Within the Trenches t-shirt

To register, make sure to go to thejabberlog.com/scholarship/scholarship.php

Today’s guest is Daphanie, Communications Training Coordinator and Shift Supervisor, out of Martin County Fire/Rescue in Florida. In this episode Daphanie shared her 911 dispatch story as well as some calls that have impacted her life. This is a must listen so please check this out, share and share again. Below you will find links to Daphanie’s articles with IAED, links to IAED and Threadsy Tee.

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Contact Daphanie - firequeenmcfrATyahooDOTcom

Daphanie's Articles - Article 1Article 2

IAED - www.emergencydispatch.org | www.iaedjournal.org

Threadsy Tee - Web | Facebook | Twitter

Episode topics –

  • Daphanie’s 911 Story
  • 911 calls that made an impact
  • Dispatch policies
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoWelcome to episode 102 of the Within the Trenches Podcast, a podcast based on the experience of being a 911 dispatcher. The show is going strong and while stories are the main focus of the podcast, 911 companies and organizations are coming on the show to talk about what they are doing. The way I look at it is that if I can supply dispatchers with some free training through the podcast, why not?

On episode 101 I spoke with Eddie of St. Louis County, Missouri and he shared his 911 story as well as what it was like for him in the dispatch center during the Ferguson riots. If you missed that episode, please make sure to go and listen and share. 

The Sons/Daughters of Dispatch decals are currently up for a second round and available for only 2 weeks (end date April 2nd 2016). They are 5X5 decal’s at $9.99 + shipping. A portion of the money made goes to fund a scholarship for the 2016 National NENA conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are also t-shirts of the logo made by Threadsy Tee that will be going up for sale as well so keep an eye out for them. As for the scholarship it includes,

  • Complementary registration to the conference & expo
  • Complementary registration for a one-day pre-conference course of your choice
  • A $500 travel stipend
  • Official Within the Trenches t-shirt

To register, make sure to go to thejabberlog.com/scholarship/scholarship.php

Today’s guest is known throughout social media and the blogosphere as Dispatch Monkey but today we find out who the man is behind the monkey…or curtain. This person is a police dispatcher working for an agency in western Canada and his given name is Lloyd. This is a must listen so make sure to check it out, share, check out Dispatch Monkey's links below and share!

As always if you have any questions or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Visit Dispatch Monkey – Web | Facebook | Twitter

Episode topics -

  • Lloyd's dispatch story
  • 911 calls
  • The beginning of Dispatch Monkey
  • And more

 

 

 

Direct download: WTTEP102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoWelcome to episode 101 of the Within the Trenches Podcast. Last week I posted the 100th episode of the podcast and in that episode I took a trip back in time to how everything started out and what’s to come. I played clips from episodes 1, 6 and 12 and I hope you enjoyed them because they were so much fun to record. Since that episode I have received many emails for the Sons and Daughters of Dispatch vinyl decals. Because so many people wanted a second round I opened up the vault and they are available once again. They will only be available for 2 weeks so get them while you can. They are 5X5 decals at $9.99 + shipping and can be found here. A portion of the money made goes to fund a scholarship for the 2016 National NENA conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 
Scholarship includes:
  • Complementary registration to the conference & expo
  • Complementary registration for a one-day pre-conference course of your choice
  • A $500 travel stipend
  • Official Within the Trenches t-shirt
To apply for the scholarship make sure to go to thejabberlog.com/scholarship/scholarship.php
 
On today’s episode I got to speak to dispatch trainer Eddie from St. Louis County, Missouri. Eddie shared his 911 dispatch story along with what it was like for him when he was working in dispatch during the heated situation that was the Ferguson riots. I must preface this by saying that no specific incidents are talked about because of open/pending court cases, but it focuses more on Eddie's stress level during that time. Eddie attended many hours worth of stress management but nothing could prepare him for what he dealt with.
 
This is a must listen so make sure to check it out and share! As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show please send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.
 
Episode topics -
  • Eddie's 911 dispatch story
  • Stress Management
  • Eddie's stress level during the Ferguson riots
  • Adele inspired apology from Mlive

Visit Dispatch Monkey – Web | Facebook | Twitter

Direct download: WTTEP101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoEpisode 100! Man oh man I can’t believe it. It’s been one crazy ride and I wouldn’t change a thing. Welcome to Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 911 dispatcher. I have interviewed dispatchers from all over the United States including Ireland, Canada and Australia. I have also interviewed 911 leaders, directors and 911 pro companies and organizations such as the 911 Wellness Foundation, Dispatch Magazine Online, NENA, APCO, TERT, EENA, INdigital, Success Communications, Agency360, 911Trainer.com, Avaya, The Denise Amber Lee Foundation, Xybix, Smart911, The Cool Kids of 911 and more!

I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to interview and meet so many amazing people. It started as a school project and blew up from there. In this episode I go back and reflect on the beginning of my journey. I play clips from episodes 1, 6 and 12 and share all kinds of stories. I hope you enjoy them and I will post links to those episodes below. Don’t forget that you have until April 15th 2016 to apply for the Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship. This is a great opportunity for you to attend a national conference so don’t miss out. Thank you to everyone who believed in me and this project. I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I see this show doing so many things in the future so stay tuned. Here’s to 100 more episodes and beyond. Cheers!

Episode topics –

  • The beginning of Within the Trenches
  • Episode 1 - Web
  • Episode 6 - Web
  • Episode 12 - Web
  • I’m Abscessed with You – Web
  • Visit Dispatch Monkey – Web | Facebook | Twitter

Behind the Mic: Stories from the Trenches

Direct download: WTTEP100.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoWelcome to episode 99 of Within the Trenches. I have come a long way and it is hard to believe that my next episode is going to be number 100. I am planning something great for this landmark episode so stay tuned! In this episode I did a recap of episode 98 that included some of my admins. I also gave an overview of a couple of videos we watched and I made sure to give a shout out to Heather of Absolute Photography out of Holland, MI. She made a vinyl decal out of my Sons of Dispatch – NINE ONE ONE Original logo and it looks amazing!

I asked the fans if they would be interested in one and there was a large response so I will be making them available in the next few days for purchase. The decals will be for both the Sons and Daughters logo and will cost $9.99 a piece. Now I know it may seem like a lot but a portion of the proceeds will go to a scholarship that I am working on to send one dispatcher to the 2016 National NENA conference in Indy.

Today’s guest features Sue Pivetta of Professional Pride and 911trainer.com. She is a former dispatcher, supervisor, console trainer and vocational teacher. This episode was a lot of fun and after about 3 years of trying to schedule an episode we finally got a chance to chat. If you are passionate about training or are thinking about making a move into a training position then this is the episode for you.

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. Also don’t forget to use the hashtag #ShitDispatchersSay & ShitDispatchersThink on Facebook and Twitter. You can mention us on Twitter with your Say or Think hashtag and we will retweet it or you can send one to our inbox on Facebook and we will post it anonymously. Check out Sue’s links below and tell her we sent you. Cheers!

Sue Pivetta – Linkedin | Twitter | YouTube

911trainer.com – Facebook | Web

 

Episode topics –

  • Episode 98 recap
  • How Sue got into dispatch
  • First night in dispatch calls
    • Murder & Rape
  • Shotgun to jaw call
  • Training dispatch today
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP99.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoWelcome 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 wttpodcast@gmail.com. Below you will find links to the videos mentioned in this podcast.

Episode topics –

Direct download: WTTEP98.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoWelcome to episode 97 of Within the Trenches. A few days ago I received numerous tweets and Facebook messages asking if there was going to be a Halloween themed show. I thought about it and thought about it and finally decided I would do one. I was trying to figure out what I was going to do and a good friend of mine told me about some creepy and scary 9-1-1 calls she heard from a YouTube channel. I checked them out and they are pretty crazy. They reminded me of when I was in dispatch and the crazy stuff I would hear so I decided to use the tapes. I will give full credit to those who put the calls together below so make sure to check them out for other videos.

I want to make sure that everyone knows that I am not making light of the emergency situations. The calls are meant to educate and show the reality of 9-1-1 dispatch. Others may have a dark sense of humor and if you do well, that usually means you have worked or know someone who has come from the chair. At the end of the episode you will get to hear about some new things going on with the show and a scholarship I want to put together for the 2016 National NENA conference. I'm currently looking for sponsors so if you want in on it please let me know.

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics 

  • My haunted house
  • B&E and Attempted B&E while I was at home with my family
  • Within the Trenches Dispatcher Scholarship

911 Tapes

Top Trending Channel on YouTube Visit them at toptrending.com- 5 of the creepiest 911
  • Elderly Female calls 911 to report a suspicious subject outside her home.
  • Chimpanzee attack
  • Intruder
  • Weepy voice killer
Mr. Nightmare YouTube Channel - 6 Shocking & Freaky 911 Calls
  • Man living in Washington describes what sounds like Bigfoot
  • Kid who calls 911 to report killing his mom and sister
  • Stalker call where caller was armed
Direct download: WTTEP97.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoI am a firm believer that every person we meet, we meet for a reason. Whether it is good or bad, a blessing or a lesson, there is a reason. A few years ago I reached out to someone who would help shape the rest of my career. Although the good deed was small it changed everything and made a big impact on my life.

When I was in the last part of my dispatch career I was working on my Masters in New Media Journalism. At this time I was writing heavily and posting all kinds of personal dispatch stories to my blog. It had become pretty popular with those in the 9-1-1 community as well as the general public. People were learning and I was loving it but I felt like something was missing, I felt like I could do more. As I was riding on the popularity of my written version of Within the Trenches I was introduced to podcasting through an assignment in school. I fell in love with it and started a public safety series doing stories with dispatch, police and EMS.

From there I decided to turn my written segment into a podcast but it was going to take a little help from Kickstarter. My goal for this Kickstarter campaign was $1,500. It would pay for equipment, hosting and more. I was going strong with $606 early on but my campaign stalled and I was sure I would not make it. I had 36 hours left and I was freaking out. I was reading some 9-1-1 industry news at 9-1-1 Dispatch Magazine Online and decided I would reach out to the editor for help. I told Gary Allen that I wasn't looking for money from him. All I wanted was help getting the word out on my project. Later on that day I received a response from him saying that he loved the idea of a dispatch podcast and telling dispatch stories. He wrote up a small blurb on what I was doing and also reached out to some industry partners. In 24 hours I surpassed my campaign goal.

I can safely say that if it wasn't for Gary's help I probably would not have made it. On top of that I recently found out that one of the industry partners he reached out to was my now boss and founder of INdigital, a public safety solutions company. I thought my boss simply found me by the article that Gary put out but Gary reached out to him. It's awesome how things work out sometimes. Sadly, Gary recently passed away. He had 40 years of public safety background and my only regret is not having more of an opportunity to have him on the podcast to tell his complete story. I did get a chance to have him on an episode with me and it is included within this episode. We were experimenting with Google+ Hangouts Live so the audio sounds a little different but it is a good one nonetheless. Also towards the end there is about a minutes worth of music. The show doesn't end though, I was showing Gary a video and all you can hear is the music. So just in case you listen and wonder what is going on. Below you will find a link to the video version of episode 45 with Gary Allen. I hope you enjoy the episode and please share it.

As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show you can email me at wttpodcast@gmail.com

godspeedGary,

I will be forever grateful to you. Your help made a huge impact on my life. I hope I am able to leave a mark on this industry the way you did. Godspeed my friend.

Thanks,
Ricardo

 

 

 

  

Direct download: WTTEP96.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

wttPodcastCoverWelcome to another episode of Within the Trenches. It has been almost a month since I posted the last episode but I’m back and ready to go with a long list of guests. Today’s episode will feature 911 news stories along with some tapes and a written guest blog. I’m joined today by show regular Rob “Big Mac” McMullen, Director of Vigo County 911 and 2nd VP of NENA. He’s joined by episode 94 guest Jordon, dispatcher with Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority and new to the admin team of the Facebook Fan Page. 

Get ready to laugh, learn and if you would like to read and comment on Kelli's guest blog post entitled, "I was there" please click the link below. Also, there are only a few days left on the "Dispatch Love" t-shirt campaign so get yours while you can. Once it's over that's it! This is a limited edition t-shirt that cannot be found in stores.

Kelli's "I was there" guest blog

"Dispatch Love" t-shirt campaign

Episode topics -

  • Recap with Jordon on episode 94
  • How would you dispatch that medical? (911 tape)
  • The skunk is guilty! (911 tape)
  • Dispatch hangup (911 tape)
  • Kelli's "I was there" guest blog
Direct download: WTTEP95.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoHello and welcome to episode 94 of Within the Trenches. I am back from the national NENA conference that was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and this will be the last episode of a series of episodes that were recorded there. It was an excellent week of networking, learning, presenting and podcasting.

In this episode I got the chance to speak with Jordon and Tiffany, dispatchers with Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority out of Colorado. This was a great episode to record. We told many stories and we laughed like crazy. If you want to learn more about dispatching, the national conference and more then you need to check this one out.

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • How Jordon & Tiffany got into dispatching
  • What it was like for them
  • Early calls
  • State Police story
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP94.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoHello and welcome to episode 93 of Within the Trenches. I am back from the national NENA conference that was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It was an excellent week of networking, learning, presenting and podcasting. In this episode I got the chance to speak with Andrew, an instructor with Public Safety Training Consultants. 

This is a very short and sweet episode that I hope you enjoy. I usually record a longer episode but Andrew was about to give a class at the conference. I am going to get a hold of him for a much longer episode in the future so stay tuned for that. 

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, you can send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Episode topics -

  • How Andrew got into dispatching
  • What it was like for him
  • A brief overview of the class he was teaching
Direct download: WTTEP93.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoHello and welcome to episode 92 of Within the Trenches. I am back from the national NENA conference that was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It was an excellent week of networking, learning, presenting and podcasting. In This episode I got the chance to sit down with show regular Rob “Big Mac” McMullen the newly elected 2nd VP of NENA. This was a fun episode to record and in it we talk about a presentation we gave on text for 911. The presentation went great and Rob and I are thinking of hitting more conferences to present this. 

This is a must listen! The intro alone is awesome so make sure to check it out and share! As always, if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Episode topics -

  • Rob "Big Mac" Wrestling Intro
  • 2nd VP duties
  • Text for 911 presentation highlights
Direct download: WTTEP92.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoHello and welcome to episode 91 of Within the Trenches. I am back from the national NENA conference that was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It was an excellent week of networking, learning, presenting and podcasting. In This episode I got the chance to sit down with show regular Rob “Big Mac” McMullen the newly elected 2nd VP of NENA, Ty Wooten, Education Director of NENA and Brian Tegtmeyer, who is an Education Advisory Board Member for NENA. This is an awesome episode! We share everything from the beginning of the conference up until that point of the conference. It's educational and entertaining.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

 

Episode topics -

  • Funny intro
  • Conference events
  • Preparing for NENA 2016
Direct download: WTTEP91.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoHello and welcome to episode 90 of Within the Trenches. I am back from the national NENA conference that was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It was an excellent week of networking, learning, presenting and podcasting. In This episode I got the chance to sit down with Matt, Founder of Agency360 and sponsor of the show for the month of June.

Matt shares his story from dispatch, to becoming a police officer and ultimately starting Agency360 to help the onboarding of new dispatchers and helping to streamline your CTO program. It’s an episode you don’t want to miss! So please listen and share!

As always, if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Make sure to check out our sponsor Agency360 by clicking the image below.

Agency360Logo

 

 

 

 

Episode topics –

  • Matt's dispatch story
  • The history of Agency360
  • Early 911 calls
  • What Agency360 can do for you
  • And more 
Direct download: WTTEP90.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoWelcome back folks! This is episode 89 of Within the Trenches. In this episode I got to speak with guest regular Rob McMullen, director of Vigo County 911 out of Indiana and current North Central Region Director of NENA. We chat and listen to 9-1-1 calls including one on the late great American Dream Dusty Rhodes. We also share some information on our upcoming class at the National NENA Conference in Denver next week. It's called, "A Day In The Life of Text to 9-1-1." You don't want to miss it! If you are going to be there, make sure to look for us on Tuesday around 4 p.m.

Also make sure to check out our sponsor Agency360! Their customizable web-based field training software supports the CTO program and the on boarding of new dispatchers across the country to improve consistency, access, and efficiency in documenting their training. For more click on their image below.

Agency360Logo

 

 

 

 

Episode topics -

  • 9-1-1 tapes
    • Dusty Rhodes
    • "If they shoot you call us back with that information"
  • News story of female faking a kidnapping over text
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP89.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoGood afternoon and welcome back for episode 88 of Within the Trenches. In this episode I got the chance to speak with Theresa, a dispatcher and trainer with Greenville City PD in Greenville South Carolina. We go back and reflect on her dispatch career from the beginning up to present time as a trainer. We also dig deep into her training style and how her CTO program through Agency360 has streamlined the training process.

If you have ever wanted to be a better trainer this is the episode for you! This is a must listen so check it out and share! As always if you have any questions or want to be a guest on the show, send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Make sure to check out our sponsor Agency360 by clicking the image below!

Agency360Logo

 

 

 

 

Episode topics –

  • Theresa’s 911 story
  • Early 911 calls
  • Lessons learned in training
  • CTO program through Agency360
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP88.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoHello everyone! This is going to be an epic episode 87 of Within the Trenches. It has been a little while since the last episode but I’m back and ready to go. Agency360, a new sponsor for the month of June, sponsors this episode. I will be sitting down with them in the coming week to record an episode with them and talk about the awesome things they are doing for dispatchers with their training program. For today’s episode I want to go back and talk about where this all started.

You will get to hear about how I started out in dispatch, my calls, my transition from dispatch to becoming an industry partner and what I am doing with the podcast. You will also listen to clips from other episodes. One deals with an officer shooting and death. It is one that you need to listen to and hopefully you can learn something from it. This is a must listen so check it out and share.

As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Make sure to check out our sponsor Agency360 by clicking the image below.

Agency360Logo

 

 

 

 

Episode topics –

  • How my dispatch career began
  • The Skeleton and Frostproof PD
  • Early Career Calls and Training
  • Episode clips
  • And more!

Videos heard during the podcast


 

Direct download: WTTEP87.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoHello everyone and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This will be the last episode in a series recorded at the 2015 Indiana NENA/APCO conference and expo a few weeks ago. I had a great time there and I hope everyone who was on the show or attended my class enjoyed it too. I met a lot of new people, visited with good friends and just had an all around good time. There is never a dull moment with the crew from Indiana.

In this episode I got the chance to speak with Lindsey, dispatcher with Fulton County 911 and her mom Lori, training coordinator with INdigital and former PSAP director. This episode was a lot of fun to record. It was the first time that I have ever had a mother/daughter episode and they hit one out of the park.

This is a must listen so check it out and share. As always if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show, you can send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • How Lindsey started in dispatch
  • What it was like working for her mom Lori
  • What training was like
  • What it was like the first night they worked together
Direct download: WTTEP86.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoHello folks and welcome back to another excellent episode of Within the Trenches. This is the podcast where you will learn, laugh and understand what 911 dispatch is all about. The point of the show is to give a true experience and look into the lives of those behind the mic. They are the true first responders and the most important people you will never see. In doing this podcast I have made it my goal to help share their stories as well as some of mine.

In this episode I sat down with show regular Rob McMullen, North Central Region Director of NENA as well as director of Vigo County 911 in Indiana. Joining him on this episode are Victoria and Kelli, dispatchers with Vigo County 911 and this is a must listen and share. We tell stories from dispatch, personal life and a story I have never told before from my time in dispatch. It’s one you don’t want to miss.

As always you can email the show for comments, questions or if you want to be a guest on the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Link to the story that Kelli mentions at the end of this episode below.

Suicide call – http://www.thejabberlog.com/2011/05/10/a-moment-of-clarity/

Episode topics –

  • Encounters with the police
  • Gas station burrito story
  • Victoria and the pepper spray shank
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP85.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoGood morning! The wait is finally over! I must admit that it was hard for me to hold off posting this episode until today. I wanted to post it so that all of you could enjoy this but I had to separate the episodes to make it last. So without any further ado, welcome to episode 84 – Don’t be nervous. You will get the title once you hear the episode. This episode was recorded during the 2015 Indiana APCO/NENA Conference during the week of April 15 – 17.

In this episode I had the chance to speak to three lovely ladies out of Hamilton County in Indiana. Anna, Alicia and Shae were so open and honest about their love for the job that it made the conversation naturally flow. On top of that they have a sense of humor like mine so I felt like I had known them for years.

This epic episode is a must listen so check it out and share it up. As always if you have any comments, questions or if you would like to be a guest on the show, email us at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • How each person got into dispatch
  • What it was like when they first started
  • Dispatch calls
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP84.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoAhoy hoy! I’m back with episode 83 of Within the Trenches. This episode is part of a series of episodes I recorded at the 2015 Indiana NENA/APCO conference and expo. I had an excellent time there and this episode added to the fun. In this episode I finally and I mean finally got the chance to sit down with Ty Wooten, NENA Education Director who I have been trying to get on the show for almost a year now. We have been talking about it and talking about it but our schedules never matched up.

Ty is joined by show regular Rob McMullen, NENA North Central Region Director and Director of Vigo county 911. This is an episode you do not want to miss. We had so much fun doing our mic check that I added it in the beginning. This episode is not only educational but it’s 18 different kinds of funny. I hope you enjoy it and please share it with everyone you know.

As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com for questions, comments or if you want to be on the show. Make sure to check out the links below for what’s new with NENA.

NENA – Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

NENA Education – Web | Facebook | Twitter

Indiana NENA – Web

Episode topics –

  • Funny mic check intro
  • How Ty started in 911
  • Ty’s first 911 call
  • NENA education
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP83.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoGood afternoon and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. Episode 82 is part of a series of episodes that were recorded last week during the 2015 NENA/APCO conference & expo. In this episode I got to speak with Amanda and Yvonne, dispatchers with Lafayette PD and part of this years Teamwork Award recipients. Both dispatchers shared their 911 story as well as their reaction to the call that went national when a male called 911 in Indiana for his fiancé that he was speaking to over Skype in New York and she passed out. Thanks to the excellent work of Amanda, Yvonne and their partner Mark they were able to get help to the caller’s fiancé in New York. Great job and you deserve this award. Thank you for all you do!

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 please email us at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Teamwork Award news story courtesy of WISH-TV

 

Episode topics –

  • How each dispatcher started in 911
  • Best and worst calls
  • Teamwork Award
Direct download: WTTEP82.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoGood afternoon and welcome back! I have been M.I.A. and I apologize for that. Life and work takes over at times and I have to step back from the podcast but I’m here and I have brand new episodes coming your way. Last week I was at the Indiana NENA / APCO Conference & Expo. I was there for the show and I had the chance to speak on stage and tell my 911 story. It was an excellent time! I got to spend time with old friends, made new friends and the show was a hit.

The best part of last week was that the conference fell on National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It’s the week that we honor 911 dispatchers for the awesome work they do every day. The week was great and truth be told, I did not want it to end. Thank you for everything you do in dispatch. Although you may not hear it enough, you deserve all the kudos for being great!

In this episode I got to speak with Nirvana, a dispatcher with Lafayette PD, as well as Kelli and Victoria, dispatchers with Vigo County 911. This is a must listen to check it out and share it. As always, if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Also check out the great video below from the Cool Kids of 9-1-1. It’s a parody of Let it go but with a dispatch twist. You will dig it!

 

Episode topics –

  • How each guest started in dispatch
  • Good calls
  • Bad calls
  • What NPSTW means to them
  • Cool Kids of 9-1-1 Parody Video
Direct download: WTTEP81.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

wttNewLogoOn February 16, 1968, the first 9-1-1 call was made. This is a very important date so today I present to you episode 80 of the podcast. I'm posting it ahead of episode 79 because I can't wait to share this story with all of you. Every event comes with stories and today’s date marks an event that started a lifetime of stories from those behind the mic.

I have to say that it's crazy to think that this podcast has 80 episodes under its belt. I started this adventure telling my stories through a written segment on my blog, the Jabber Log and it eventually evolved into a podcast. What I wanted to do from the beginning was tell the stories of the unsung heroes of 911 and here I am. I love doing this and the stories are all amazing. I just want to thank the listeners for the support throughout this journey and this episode is going to be excellent.

My guest today has been in public safety for some time now and his story is one that I have wanted to cover since I heard about it from my friend Tom with the Cool Kids of 911 Facebook page. His name is Steve and he is the director for Fairfax County 911 out of Virginia. His stories range from his first day in the chair to present day. Steve has many stories and I look forward to having him on again.

As always if you have any questions or would like to be on the show you can send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com

Note: There are a couple spots where there is an echo but it does not take away from the episode so enjoy.

Episode topics –

  • How Steve started out in dispatch
  • The day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated & the DC riots
  • Opinion on texting
  • How much different is 911 now from when Steve started
Direct download: WTTEP80.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:19am EDT

newWTTStandAloneLogoGood morning and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This is going to be episode 79 and I’m going a little out of order but after recording episode 80, a milestone for the show, I had to post it up right away. Steve of Fairfax County 911 out of Virginia had an excellent story and if you haven’t listened to it yet, you need to. Today’s episode was going to be with Misti, a dispatcher and admin for "911 Dispatchers - Did I Really Say That?" but we had to reschedule so she will be on for a future episode and I look forward to that. My guest today is a good friend of mine and has been on the show before. He is the North Central Regional Director for National NENA and the Director of Vigo county out of Indiana. 

In this episode we covered several silly and or ridiculous calls and shared some stories of our own. Below you will find the link to all the calls we referenced from the news affiliates. As always, if you have any questions or would like to be a guest on the show you can send an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com 

KTUU - Ridiculous 911 calls

Episode topics -

  • Suck it call
  • Vampire Call
  • Seagull Call
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP79.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT