Within the Trenches (general)

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

wttNewLogoGood morning and welcome to episode 78 of Within the Trenches. It has been a while since episode 77 but I am back with a long list of guests. In my last episode I revisited some of my personal dispatch stories. If you haven't listened to it you need to check it out. I will be recording more of my personal stories soon. I also mentioned that the new Indiana NENA website was up and registration is open for the 2015 conference so make sure to sign up. The website address is innena.org. Check them out, register and look for the show on their site. All the episodes recorded from last year’s conference are located there.

With that said today's episode is going to be a good one. My guest today is Joanne, a dispatcher with the New Hampshire State Police and one of the admins for 911 Operator's Peer Support Page on Facebook.

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

911 Operator's Peer Support Page – Facebook

Indiana Chapter of NENA – Web

INNENA Within the Trenches Page - Web

Episode topics –

  • How Joanne started in 911
  • Inspiration for 911 Operator’s Peer Support Page on Facebook
  • Calls that stick with you
  • And more…
Direct download: WTTEP78.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EST

wttNewLogoHello and welcome back to another episode of the Within the Trenches podcast. It has been about a month since the last episode and to keep it short, I have been all kinds of busy. Most of my time has been spent on work projects but I have also done a few side projects including logo design and web design. It has been fun because I love what I do but now that the main holidays are over I can get back to the show.

With that said I have been looking back at some of my earlier blog posts and I realized that many of you are probably unaware of these posts because they are buried within my blog. The posts contain many calls I’ve taken and I have decided to turn them into episodes. Now you won’t have to search for them and read them, you can simply listen to me read over the entries and fill you in on what I was thinking at the time.

I hope you enjoy this episode and as always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • An update of what I have been up to
  • Poo Guy story
  • Ride alongs
  • Robotic Domestic with Spam
Direct download: WTTEP77.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

wttNewLogoWelcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. It has been a busy month! Since the last episode I have been training dispatchers on text FOR 911 platform textty. It has been a lot of fun though and I love what I do. On top of that I can officially say that the 911 Wellness Foundation and Within the Trenches are now strategic partners. What that means is that we are working together to reach a greater audience by utilizing each other’s outlets. I have also been talking with my co-host Whitney and we are going to plan on recording more episodes together via Skype. It has been a bit hard to do episodes together since I moved to Indiana but we are getting things planned out and I am very excited.

On today’s episode I had the chance to speak with Melinda and Patti of the 9-1-1 National Public Educator Forum (NPEF). This was a great episode to record and we had a lot to talk about. The topics ranged from how NPEF started, a PSA that was recorded at their most recent conference and a GoFundMe project involving a Cell Phone Sally app for smartphones.

This is a must listen episode so check it out and share! As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com. See below for more information on NPEF and the links mentioned on the show.

Episode topics –

  • How NPEF started
  • How Patti/Melinda got involved w/NPEF
  • Conference history
  • Cell Phone Sally
  • And more 


 

 

NPEF Links -

9-1-1 National Public Educator Forum - Web | Facebook

 
 
Tell Them your Location PSA:
 
 
 
 
Cell Phone Sally Blog: http://cellphonesally.blogspot.com
 
Direct download: WTTEP76.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

wttNewLogoGood morning and welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches. Today's episode is a must listen. In this episode we answer the question, "Who does 9-1-1 call when they need help?" To answer that question I spoke with Sherry, 9-1-1 Operations Supervisor, with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Chairman with the National Joint TERT Initiative for NENA along with Jeremy, a supervisor with the Emergency Communications Department of Monroe County out of Rochester NY and Chairman with the National Joint TERT Initiative for APCO. This episode is packed with information on TERT, the Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce. Below you will find links on where to find them and how you can get involved. Make sure to listen and share this episode with everyone you know. 

As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • Intro to Sherry
  • Intro to Jeremy
  • TERT stories/dispatcher comradre 
  • Spread the word on TERT
Direct download: WTTEP75.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am EST

wttNewLogoGood afternoon and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This is going to be the second and final episode recorded during the 9114911 conference held at the Naperville, Illinois Marriott. In this episode I got the chance to speak to Kelly, CEO of Success Communications Inc. She shared her vision of this one of a kind motivational conference geared towards the most important part of the 9-1-1 world, the true first first responders, the dispatchers. It was an excellent time and the first conference where I truly felt inspired to do more in the 9-1-1 community. 

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

Success Communications Inc. - Web | Facebook | Twitter

9114911 Conference - Web

Episode topics -

  • Kelly's vision
  • Speakers
  • Preparation for next year
Direct download: WTTEP74.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

wttNewLogoGood morning and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. It has been a couple of weeks since the last episode but I'm back so get ready! In this episode I sat down with Samantha, a dispatch supervisor with Fenton PD out of Michigan. The episode was recorded live from the 9114911 conference hosted by Success Communications Inc. Samantha was not only an attendee but she was also a speaker at the conference. Her presentation dealt with dispatcher wellness and specifically sitting at your console. The information she shared was excellent and informative. There will be another post coming up from Samantha herself where she will go more indepth with her presentation and her experience at the conference so stay tuned for that. You don't want to miss it. 

As always you can email the show with any questions or if you want to be a guest at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • Samantha's start in dispatch
  • Memorable calls
  • Wellness presentation
Direct download: WTTEP73.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EST

wttNewLogoHello everyone and welcome back to another awesome episode of Within the Trenches. I know it has been a while but I have had a lot going on. The past month or so I have been traveling non-stop for work and I recently moved to Fort Wayne Indiana. My schedule has been slammed but I have a lot coming up for the show. New episodes, announcements and fan page fun so get ready!

This episode was recorded about 3 weeks ago and is a mash up of the AudioVillains Podcast and Within the Trenches. The AudioVillains podcast is a show I do with my good friends Adam and Ed and it is all kinds of funny. But I have to warn you; we use adult language and humor so if you are not down with that then maybe you should skip this episode. If you are all about it then stay tuned for awesomeness.

As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • Ed and Adam bios from AudioVillains
  •  911 tape reactions
  • And more hijinks 
Direct download: WTTEP72.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

wttNewLogoWelcome back to a brand new episode of Within the Trenches! It has been about a month since episode 70. I have been busy like you wouldn't believe but in no way am I letting this show go. I'm working harder than ever to bring you awesome content including more dispatch stories/highlights and continuing education. I could say everything here but it is all explained in this new episode so check it out and share and comment!

As always you can email the show with questions and if you want to be a guest at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: WTTEP71.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

wttNewLogoWelcome back to another excellent episode of Within the Trenches. The show has reached episode 70 and I have to admit that when I first created this show I didn’t think I would reach a number this high. I have enjoyed every moment of this and I will continue to do the show until the 9-1-1 stories run out. This is also going to be the last episode in the 2014 National NENA Conference series.

In this episode I spoke with Stacy, a dispatcher with SERESA, a central dispatch for three cities within Macomb County in Michigan and a Friends of 911 Scholarship winner. The episode could not have gone any better and it was awesome speaking with Stacy.

This is a must listen so make sure to check it out and share! As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • Stacy’s dispatch story
  • Taking non-emergency calls on emergency lines
  • Friends of 9-1-1 Scholarship process
  • Side projects for continuing education
  • Stacy’s outlook on her future in the 9-1-1 community 
Direct download: WTTEP70.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am EST

wttNewLogoGood afternoon and welcome to episode 69 of Within the Trenches. In this episode I had the pleasure of meeting with Richard, a telecommunicator with Mt. Juliet Police and Fire out of Tennessee and one of two nationally selected telecommunicators to receive the 9-1-1 Hero Award through PSTC/911 Cares. This was an excellent episode to record and we even hit an interesting moment around 27 minutes 16 seconds in where maintenance in the Music City Center were packing up displays and you can hear them as they walked past us. I had planned on taking it out but the noise wasn’t too bad. Our reactions to what was going on is funny as it is so I had to keep it in.

This is a must listen so make sure to check it out and share! As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Episode topics –

  • Richard’s dispatch story
  • Tunnel vision after a long shift in dispatch
  • Citizens academy and questions from the public
  • Back story and reaction on receiving the 9-1-1 Hero Award
Direct download: WTTEP69.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

wttNewLogoGood morning and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. In this episode my special guest host and wife Rebecca joined me, along with Rob, Director of Vigo County 911 in Indiana and National NENA North Central Region Director. This episode covers attendee feedback of the conference, text to 911 and three very funny 911 tapes. We even pay a second visit to Rob’s wrestling persona.

This is a must listen to make sure to check it out and share. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Episode topics –

  • Rob’s wrestling persona part 2
  • Attendee feedback
  • Text to 911
  • 3 911 tapes
Direct download: WTTEP68.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am EST

wttNewLogoHealth in the dispatch center is a huge issue. Along with the massive amount of stress that the job offers there are also bad eating habits and minimal exercise opportunities while working. But what if there was something you could do about the exercise aspect of it? What if you had a treadmill or exercise bike attached to your console? Xybix, a dispatch furniture company has taken on the task of assisting in dispatchers’ health with the attachment of a treadmill or bike.

This past week I had the chance to meet with Kathleen, Director of Marketing with Xybix to talk about their product as well as try it out for myself on the showroom floor during the 2014 NENA National conference. In this episode we learn about the company as well as some facts and frequently asked questions about the treadmill and bike. The company also publishes blogs with health topics and techniques for the dispatch center.

This is a must listen and share! For more information on Xybix please follow the links below and as always, if you have any questions please email us at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Xybix – Web | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | YouTube

Episode topics –

  • Xybix history
  • Customer feedback
  • Treadmill facts
  • Xybix blogs
  • Frequently Asked Questions
Direct download: WTTEP67.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EST

wttNewLogoThis is episode 66 of Within the Trenches and this is a special episode. Since the beginning of my show I have had people helping me out and giving me advice. One of those people is Mark Fletcher with Avaya. I’ve been on his podcast a few times and this time it was my turn to have him as a guest. Mark is the Chief Architect for Worldwide Public Safety Solutions at Avaya as well as the program director of the longest running Public Safety podcast on the Avaya Podcast Network. We sat down and talked all things 9-1-1 including NENA, ENP certification, Kari’s Law and more.

This is a must listen so check it out and share. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com and if you would like to learn more about Mark and Kari’s Law follow the links below.

Kari’s Law – Web (sign the petition at Change.org) | Facebook

Mark Fletcher/APN – Web | APN -E911 Podcast | Facebook | Twitter

Episode topics -

 

 

  • Mark's start in the 9-1-1 community
  • Mark's motivation to work hard to improve 9-1-1
  • Kari's Law
  • ENP certification
Direct download: WTTEP66.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

wttNewLogoWelcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This is episode 65 and I have to say right off the bat that there was an issue with this one. As you heard in episode 64 we had to redo the entire thing due to a subject who showed up and was drowning out the microphones. Some knobs were turned down and one of them was never turned back up so some audio is missing. I do apologize but it’s still an awesome one so check it out and share.

In this episode I spoke with Rob, Director of Vigo County 911 in Indiana and National NENA North Central Region Director and Lori, Training Coordinator with INdigital telecom. I have been trying to get Lori on an episode for a long time now and it killed me that her audio is missing but only until 11 or so minutes in. After that you can hear her and the stories are good.

As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • Rob’s wrestling  persona
  • Lori’s dispatch story (audio low)
  • Pregnancy calls
  • Text to 9-1-1
Direct download: WTTEP65.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

wttNewLogoGood afternoon! This episode is sponsored by NENA and INdigital. I am currently in Nashville, TN for the 2014 National NENA Conference and this is just one of a series of episodes I’m recording here. In this episode I spoke with Dana, a dispatcher with Sumpter County Sheriff’s Office out of Florida and a Friends of 911 Scholarship winner. This is a must listen for anyone looking for information on not only the conference but how to apply for next years Friends of 9-1-1 scholarship. We also spoke briefly on the Mini-C that Dana attended back in April and the hard work that Tom of the Cool Kids of 9-1-1 puts into the conference.

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

The Cool Kids of 9-1-1 - Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Dana (Dispatch Dana) - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Episode topics -

Dana recap of the Mini-C

Friends of 9-1-1 Scholarship Process

CMCP certification

Where Dana sees herself in 9-1-1

Drunk dial 9-1-1 tape (Thanks Justin!)

Direct download: wttep64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

wttNewLogoGood morning! This episode is sponsored by NENA and INdigital. I am currently in Nashville, TN for the 2014 National NENA Conference and this is the first of a series of episodes I’m recording here. In this episode I spoke with Brandy, a dispatcher with Licking County 911 Center out of Ohio and a Friends of 911 Scholarship winner. This is a must listen for anyone looking for information on not only the conference but how to apply for next years Friends of 9-1-1 scholarship.

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 -

  • Brandy’s dispatch story
  • Friends of 9-1-1 Scholarship process
  • Giving your name when speaking to someone you know on 9-1-1
  • Networking with other dispatchers
Direct download: wttep63.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EST

wttNewLogoGood afternoon and happy Friday! This episode will be the final episode from the Indiana NENA conference. It was an excellent time and I can’t wait for next year! In this episode I spoke with Jeanene and Kelsie, dispatchers with Vigo County Central Dispatch. This episode is as real as it gets. It’s a look at true stories as well as the humor that goes with the job. It’s not just about being great at what dispatchers do; it’s about the humor needed to make it through this very stressful job. I commend you both for the job you do and all the dispatchers I met in Indiana.

Make sure to listen, share and as always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com

Episode topics –

  • How Jeanene got her start
  • How Kelsie got her start
  • Dispatch calls
  • Domestic bedpan
  • Burglar ice pops
Direct download: WTTEP62.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

wttNewLogoGood afternoon and welcome back to another awesome episode of Within the Trenches. It has been a pretty busy week with the announcement of Indiana's statewide text-to-9-1-1 plan  but I now have time so I'm posting a brand new episode from Indiana's NENA conference. In this episode I spoke with Jessica, a dispatcher / CTO with Kosciusko 9-1-1 Communications. Jessica was honored during the opening ceremony with a few others where she received the Teamwork Award. Jessica shares how she got started in 9-1-1, calls she's taken as well as the details of her teamwork award.

Make sure to check this out and share it. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics -

  • How Jessica got her start
  • Dispatch experience
  • Teamwork Award

 

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP61.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

wttNewLogoGood afternoon and welcome back to another episode of Within the Trenches. This episode brings us closer to the end of my time at Indiana’s NENA conference. My time there was inspiring, educational and I can’t wait for next year. The stories covered have been amazing and today’s episode is right up there with the best of them.

In this episode I had the chance to speak to Kimberly, a dispatcher/CTO with Jennings County 9-1-1, John, director with Jefferson County 9-1-1 and Nicole, Assistant Director with Montgomery County Communications Center. We reflected on the beginning of their careers along with some hard calls and advice/techniques on how to deal with them.

This is an episode you don’t want to miss! As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • How each guest started in 9-1-1
  • Training techniques
  • Dealing with hard calls
  • The importance of attending a NENA conference
Direct download: WTTEP60.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewWithin the Trenches is back with episode 59! This is just one of several episodes recorded last week during the Indiana NENA state conference. In this episode I sat down to talk with Julie, Deputy Director with Bartholomew 9-1-1 Center and Claudia who is a dispatcher with Fayette County Communications. We share stories of messing up on the mic, burnout and how to deal with hitting a rough patch and renewing your love for dispatch. 

This is a must listen so check it out and share! As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com. 

Episode topics -

 

 

  • How Julie started in 9-1-1
  • How Claudia started in 9-1-1
  • Messing up on the mic
  • Burnout 
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP59.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23am EST

podcastfeedLogoNewWithin the Trenches is back with episode 58! This is just one of several episodes recorded last week during the Indiana NENA state conference. In this episode I sat down to talk with Amy, Amanda and Wendy, supervisors with Bartholomew County 9-1-1 Center. We look back at their start in 9-1-1, the classes they attended at the conference and we listened to a 9-1-1 tape that featured Wendy helping with the delivery of a baby girl.

This is an episode you do not want to miss! Listen, share and as always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • How each supervisor started in 9-1-1
  • Conference classes
  • 9-1-1 birth tape featuring Wendy
Direct download: WTTEP58.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewWithin the Trenches is back with episode 57! This is just one of several episodes recorded last week during the Indiana NENA state conference. In this episode I sat down to talk with Heather and Kelly, dispatchers out of LaGrange County in Indiana and they received one of this years Team Work Awards. We look at how they got started in 9-1-1 and how they played a major part in a situation where a woman was taken hostage in Michigan and ended up in Indiana. The suspect was a prisoner who had escaped from custody out of Ionia County.

This is a must listen so check it out and share! As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode topics –

  • How Heather got started in 9-1-1
  • How Kelly got started in 9-1-1
  • Team Work Award
  • News coverage
Direct download: WTTEP57.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewWithin the Trenches is back with episode 55! This is just one of several episodes recorded last week during the Indiana NENA state conference. In this episode I sat down to talk with Rob, Director of Vigo County Central Dispatch and North Central Regional Director of National NENA and Terri, Director of Fayette County Communications, NENA Central Region Vice President and Director of Indiana APCO. We took a trip down memory lane while laughing until our stomachs hurt and our eyes watered and stung. It’s an episode you don’t want to miss so listen and share!

For more information on Indiana NENA please follow the links below. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com

Indiana NENA – Web | Facebook | Twitter

Episode topics -

  • How Rob started in 9-1-1
  • How Terri started in 9-1-1
  • NENA awards
  • Continuing education for 9-1-1 dispatchers
Direct download: WTTEP55.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewHello everyone! Within the Trenches is back with episode 53 featuring Ed, the Director of Bartholomew County 9-1-1 Center and President of Indiana NENA. The show is recording on location from the Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual Indiana NENA conference. In this episode Ed shares his dispatch experience, switching from dispatch to being an on the road state trooper and eventually becoming the director at Bartholomew. This is just one of several episodes coming up this week from the Indiana NENA conference so stay tuned for more.

This episode is sponsored by Indiana NENA and INdigital telecom. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com!

Episode topics -

  • Ed's start in dispatch and switch to law enforcement
  • Dispatch training
  • How officers would benefit from sitting in dispatch
  • Continuing education through NENA
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP53.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewHello everyone! Within the Trenches is back with episode 52 featuring Jeff, the Director of Monroe County Central Dispatch and 1st Vice President for Indiana NENA. The show is recording on location from the Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual Indiana NENA conference. In this episode Jeff shares his dispatch experience, the importance of continuing education, what the general public knows or doesn’t know about 9-1-1 and some advice to new and seasoned dispatchers. This is just one of several episodes coming up this week from the Indiana NENA conference so stay tuned for more.

This episode is sponsored by Indiana NENA and INdigital telecom. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com!

Episode topics -

 

 

  • Rising through the ranks 
  • Memorable dispatch moments
  • Continuing education through NENA
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP52.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewHello everyone! Within the Trenches is back with episode 51 featuring David, the Director of Kosciusko 9-1-1 in Indiana. The show is recording on location from the Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual Indiana NENA conference. In this episode David shares his dispatch experience and how he worked his way up to the position of director of his center. We also touch on text-to-9-1-1 and his experience thus far. This is just one of several episodes coming up this week from the Indiana NENA conference so stay tuned for more.

This episode is sponsored by Indiana NENA and INdigital telecom. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com!

Episode topics -

  • David - from dispatch to director
  • text-to-9-1-1
  • Why callers would rather text than call
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP51.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewWithin the Trenches is back with episode 50! The show has come a long way since the Kickstarter campaign. Whitney and I have spoken to dispatchers, leaders and educators within the dispatch community. The show has also been present for different conferences and the first one was last year at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton Florida.

Tom with the Cool Kids of 9-1-1 invited the show to be there on one of the days to do interviews. The hospitality was excellent, the people were awesome and inspiring and I can’t thank Tom enough for the invite and exposure. This year the Mini-C will be on April 7th – 11th from 0800 – 1700 and one of the dispatchers attending this year is our special guest on today’s episode.

In this episode I spoke with Dana from Sumter County Sheriff’s Department. She shared her dispatch experience with me as well as her experience at last years Mini-C. This year she will be attending all week and will be posting on her social media outlets as the conference goes on so make sure to check her out at the links below. Dana also had a spotlight feature with Public Safety Communications and you can find the link below as well. This is a must listen episode so make sure to listen, share and check her out!

As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com!

The Cool Kids of 9-1-1 – Web | Facebook

Dana – Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Article spotlight

Tweet Hastags for the Mini-C - #MiniC2014 #CoolKidsof911

Episode topics –

  • Text to 9-1-1 platform texTTY
  • How Dana got into dispatching
  • Dana’s dispatch experience
  • The Mini-C conference
Direct download: WTTEP50.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewWoo! Within the Trenches Podcast is back with episode 49 and I would like to welcome back Whitney! She has been gone for some time and rather than spoil the surprise I will let you go ahead and listen to her reveal it. In this episode we share some personal stories along with what happened on my trip to Marquette Michigan for work. It was an awesome experience and I can't wait to go back. Towards the end we touch on Kari's Law and future episodes. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com and follow the links below to 'Like' Kari's Law on Facebook and sign the petition on Change.org. 

Kari's Law - Facebook | Change.org

 

 

Episode topics -

  • Whitney's reveal
  • Marquette or Bust
  • Future guests/topics
  • Kari's Law
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewWelcome to a brand new episode of Within the Trenches. It has been a very busy week but I'm back! In this episode I sat down with Missy and Greg of Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA.) I met them during a training session a few weeks ago and I was impressed with them as well as the rest of the dispatchers and agency as a whole. We shared stories about their career, what High Performance EMS stands for and what it takes to run the agency. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com and don't forget to check below for links to our podcast promotion featuring, highperfomanceems.com. 

Also remember that tomorrow is the day that the No 9 Needed campaign asks that you change your social media profile pictures to the No 9 Needed logo in support of Kari's Law. For more information on Kari's Law please follow this link

High Performance EMS - Web | Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin

Episode topics -

  • Missy's beginning
  • Greg's beginning
  • What is High Performance EMS
  • An overview of TRAA
  • What it takes to dispatch
Direct download: WTTEP48.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood afternoon and this is episode 47 of Within the Trenches. It has been a couple of weeks since the last episode and I couldn’t wait any longer so I decided to record an episode. I wanted to keep it light so I pulled some 9-1-1 calls from YouTube. I pulled a couple from a channel that belongs to AmericanPride1234 and they are awesome! If you get the chance make sure to check out the channel and subscribe. I have been pretty busy with work lately and one of the weeks I was on the road I got very sick. I made sure to share the story so I hope you enjoy it.

There are more new episodes coming up so stay tuned! As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com

Episode topics –

  • Stomach bug on the road
  • 9-1-1 tapes –
  • Kid calls 911 for help with math
  • Guy calls 911 for pot question
  • Guy gets junk stuck in pump
  • Joe vs. Deer 911 call
Direct download: WTTEP47.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewToday’s episode of Within the Trenches touches on the topic of stress and physical and mental issues in 9-1-1. As 9-1-1 dispatchers, we have heard it all. We have taken every call from the most ridiculous to the most horrific. If you’re like me, the calls that involve children are the ones that affect you most. I once took a call from a nine-year-old girl who had come home from school and found her mom passed out in the living room. She told me that her mom was not moving and her face was blue. I told her how to do CPR and she did it the best she could until help arrived. Although she did a great job her mom had already passed. She had had an overdose and died long before her daughter got home. I remember the little girl being scared but never lost it. Maybe it was the shock of the situation. Whatever it was, it’s a call I’ll never forget.

Towards the end of my dispatch career I began to feel burnt out. I enjoyed my job but the politics, long hours, workplace drama and stress began to eat at me. It’s something that people don’t understand unless you have done the job. The stress can be so great that some dispatchers have crashed and burned. How come no one, other than the dispatchers themselves, have noticed or addressed this? It’s something that wasn’t out there before but within the past year there have been numerous news articles covering the constant stress and physical and mental state of 9-1-1 dispatchers.

Whitney and I have done episodes in the past about CISM and EMDR but I wanted to do another one. In this episode I spoke with Michelle, assistant professor with Northern Illinois University who has been doing research on 9-1-1 dispatchers for the past few years concentrating on mental and physical health. There is a lot to learn in this episode. There was so much we could touch on that we are going to do a second episode to cover the rest. Michelle’s research is ongoing and if you would like to participate you can do so by clicking the link below. There is also a description. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

911 Telecommunicators Study -

We are currently looking for participants to enroll in our current studies. We are recruiting experienced TCs (at least one year of experience as a TC) and they can be currently working, have left the occupation, or retired from the job.  Experienced TCs can complete a 1.5-2 hour survey online that they complete in multiple sittings. We are also doing follow up surveys that are much shorter (45 minutes) at 6 months and 12 months after the first survey. For each survey completed, the TC gets entered for a chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes. There will be three drawings - one after we're finished collecting the baseline survey, one after we're done collecting the 6 month survey, and one after the 12 month survey. The survey is hoping to get a good estimate of the psychological and physical health complaints of TCs and is a follow up to the pilot project. We're also hoping to understand much more about what predicts poor health over time for this population.

We also hope to enroll trainees. They just have to be within their first 4 months of training. These participants complete a 1.5-2 hour survey and get $30 for completing it, as well as a chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes. In addition, we do shorter follow up surveys (45 min in length) and hold drawings for each of the subsequent time points that a trainee completes the survey. We hope that they will stay enrolled, even if they do not complete training or leave the job. The survey is looking at factors that predict adverse mental health and job attrition over time to help improve training efforts, hiring practices, and telecommunicator well-being.

Episode topics –

  • Blue Mazda call
  • Michelle’s intro and research interest
  • What elements contribute to PTSD
  • And more
Direct download: WTTEP46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to another awesome episode of Within the Trenches. In this episode I hosted our first Google+ Hangout. This was a live broadcast and although we had some minor technical difficulties I feel that it worked out rather well. This episode featured Gary Allen, editor of Dispatch Monthly (911dispatch.com), Ryan, a 9-1-1 dispatcher out of Pennsylvania and our podcast promotion featured 911Trainer.com.

We suffered a minor audio issue with Ryan in the beginning so he signed out of the discussion but we will have him on another episode that will feature his 9-1-1 experience. Between Gary and I, we hit topics such as 9-1-1 call accuracy, text to

9-1-1, taking ridiculous calls and much more! Below you will find links to Gary’s website, our podcast promotion and other sites we discussed on the show. You will also find two videos below. The first video is of our Hangout and the second features a video I played on the show but did not show up to the viewers. So…ever wonder what text FROM 9-1-1 would look like? Well, the second video is a teaser and shows what some dispatchers in Indiana are already using. As always you can email the show at wttpodcast@gmail.com.

911Trainer.com – Web | Linkedin | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Dispatch Monthly – Web

Urgent Communications – Web

NTIA - Web

Episode topics –

  • An intro to Gary Allen of Dispatch Monthly
  • The release and controversy of the Newtown 9-1-1 tapes
  • The definition of “response time”
  • 9-1-1 call accuracy
  • FirstNet


 

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP45.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood evening folks and welcome back to another installment of Within the Trenches. One thing I have always wanted to do with this show is focus on dispatch stories, which I have done but I also want to start focusing on topic driven episodes. So far on the show we have taken on PTSD in dispatch, dispatch training standards and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).

Continuing with the focus on topic driven episodes, I got the chance to chat with Matt, Senior Director of Product Management for Smart911 by Rave Mobile Safety. In this episode we touch on what Smart911 does, how they started and how the program works. According to their website, “Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency.”

Make sure to listen and share with your friends and family. Also make sure to check out The Thin Gold Line on Facebook for 9-1-1 news, memes and discussion. Another source for 9-1-1 news, memes and discussion is Diary of a Mad Dispatcher. KMK, the pages creator recently wrote and published a book called, Endure (The Greyson-Slade Series). You can find it on Amazon so check it out!

Smart911 – Facebook | Twitter | Web

Diary of a Mad Dispatcher – Facebook | Amazon - Endure (The Greyson-Slade Series)

The Thin Gold Line - Facebook

Episode topics –

  • What is Smart911?
  • Where is Smart911 available?
  • Smart911 success story
  • Changes in 9-1-1 tech
  • The future of Smart911
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP44.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNew

Good morning and welcome back! Whitney and I finally got the chance to record episode 43 and this is a must listen and watch! In this episode we sat down with our good friend Matt to talk about ridiculous calls and non-emergency calls on emergency lines. Matt is a local police officer and since we have worked with him before we felt he would be best suited for this episode. We also visit inappropriate 9-1-1 "on hold" songs and share other funny stories. Get ready to be schooled and make sure to check out our podcast promotion featuring Facebook fan page 911 Dispatches From the Edge. This page is a good mixture of humor and seriousness. It's a place for 9-1-1 professionals to vent, network, share stories and more. Tune in next week when I sit down with Smart911 to share what they do for the public and dispatch. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com. 

911 Dispatches From the Edge - Facebook

Episode topics -

  • Back to dispatch traffic
  • The infamous sniff
  • Ridiculous calls on 9-1-1
  • How Matt handles ridiculous calls
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44am EST

Good afternoon and welcome to another episode of Within the Trenches. In this episode we visit some calls from our past and I explain a few key stories from episode 40. We start off cracking up and it pretty much sets the tone for the entire episode. We also play a 9-1-1 tape that was featured in the season finale of A&E's Panic 9-1-1. This was also an episode that I was flown out for. I recorded a segment with them where I would be the stand in for the dispatcher in the tape but after a few attemtps to fit in my angle it did not work out. From what I was told my voice didn't match the dispatcher on the tape and once you hear it you will agree. Either way it was a great experience and I hope to help them out again. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and don't forget to check out the new t-shirt campaigns going on at teespring.com. Cheers!

Episode topics -

Tug of war stomach blow

Hamburger guy stench

"I shot him six times!" (9-1-1 tape)

Code 7 Apparel

*All tapes are from Dispatch Magazine Online's library

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

Good morning and welcome back to another excellent episode of the Within the Trenches podcast. This weeks podcast promotion features Diary of a Mad Dispatcher on Facebook! I will provide the link below and make sure to head over and ‘Like’ them. They are 66,000+ strong and adding more fans every day. The page is tailored to 9-1-1 dispatchers but anyone would be able to get the humor from this page.

With that said, this weeks episode features Jessica, a dispatcher with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. Jessica’s interview was excellent and her stories are compelling. This is an episode you don’t want to miss! As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

Make sure to check out our t-shirt campaign! There are only eight days left so get yours today!

9-1-1 Dispatcher – It’s the real thing (t-shirt campaign)

Diary of a Mad Dispatcher – Facebook

Episode topics -

  • Jessica’s transition from military police to dispatch
  • Jessica’s first call and experience with a belligerent caller
  • The horror of hearing shots fired over the radio
  • A stranded hiker on top of a mountain
  • Advice for those looking to get into dispatching
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP41.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Good morning! Whitney and I are back with an epic episode of Within the Trenches. In this episode we went back to basics and kept laughing and laughing. This is dispatch humor at its best folks! Yes, the humor is a little dark but people have to understand that in order to work as a 9-1-1 dispatcher you have to have a sense of humor or the job will eat you alive. You will not make it if you let the calls get to you. With that said we also listen to three tapes and tell stories from the trenches. Get ready to laugh and make sure to comment and share this episode. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

Also make sure to support the show by checking out our t-shirt campaign at Teespring!

T-shirt campaign for “9-1-1 Dispatcher – It’s the real thing.” 

Episode topics -

  • Our delay between episodes
  • New job
  • Ricardo’s hernia story
  • Leg meat (yes…leg meat)
  • 9-1-1 tapes
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP40.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am EST

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

An excellent episode with the return of Whitney!

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

Good afternoon folks! I’m back with episode 37 of Within the Trenches. In this episode I started the “Podcast Plug Exchange.” I was approached by Brad Kirsch and I am very happy to be doing this with him and others who want to participate. The Podcast Plug Exchange is meant to help fellow podcasters spread the word on their show. So you would provide me a brief description of your show and an image to be added to the post and your information will be given out during an episode of the show.

With that said it has been an interesting week! This past Monday was my last day in dispatch. It was surreal and bittersweet. Working in dispatch has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It is something that can never be replaced. I have made such great friends and the calls we took together are ones that no one else will ever understand. I want to say thank you to everyone in the 9-1-1 community and I appreciate everything! For more information on Brad Kirsch and The Digital Entrepreneur Podcast make sure to follow the links below. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and don’t forget that if you want to buy a t-shirt for the show you can use the promo code GET10 for 10% your purchase.

The Digital Entrepreneur Podcast | Web | Twitter

Episode topics –

Podcast Plug Exchange

911 call – Man in snowblower

911 call – Man missing jaw

Last day of work & sign off

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EST

Good afternoon folks! This is going to be episode 36 of Within the Trenches. This is where everything will be revealed. Normally I would specify what the highlights of the episode are but for this one I will simply say, “Listen and you will find out.” This is a very important episode! Listen, share and please comment!

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:12pm EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 35! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer, Director of Loudon County 9-1-1 in Tennessee and she is also the NENA President for the Tennessee Chapter. Jennifer shared her 9-1-1 story beginning with her time as a telecommunicator to her rise up to the position of director. We also touch on how important 9-1-1 is as the main link in each call and how 9-1-1 is pushed to the back of the emergency services chain.

This was the last episode that I recorded at the National NENA Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The entire week was amazing and I came out with some new friends and fans of the show. Thank you all for everything and the participation! As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

Episode topics –

  • How Jennifer got into 9-1-1
  • Calls that stick with her (i.e. Officer involved shooting)
  • Getting closure from calls taken over 9-1-1
  • Why 9-1-1 is put off to the side when it comes to the chain of 9-1-1 Services
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:22pm EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 34! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Tony, Deputy Executive Director of the European Emergency Number Association (EENA.) This is a very interesting episode in the sense of differences to the structure of 9-1-1 in Europe over the United States. Tony touches on some of the difficulties Europe is having with implementing new technologies and how phone calls for 112, 999 (9-1-1) are very similar to what we deal with in the states.

For more information on EENA you can follow the links below. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

EENA – Web | Facebook | Twitter

Episode topics –

  • What EENA stands for
  • Comparing 9-1-1/1-1-2 in the United States and Europe
  • Implementing new technologies
  • Staying ahead by looking at NG9-1-1 for when it hits Europe
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 33! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Caryn, who is with Will County 9-1-1 out of Illinois and Robert with the Commission on State Emergency Communications out of Texas. Both represent the National Public Educators Forum or NPEF and we discussed the mission of the organization and the importance of public education. This episode holds a wealth of information and has something that everyone can learn from.

For more information on NPEF you can follow the links below. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

NPEF – Web | Facebook

Episode topics –

What NPEF stands for

The mission of NPEF

The importance of public education

Upcoming NPEF Events

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 32! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Nathan, President/Founder of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation, April, the Michigan NENA President, and Brian with DU-COMM out of DuPage County Illinois. Now, out of all the sessions that were given at this conference I wanted more than anything to attend this one. The session was about 9-1-1 training standards and although it might not sound appealing it highlighted a very important story.

The story of Denise Amber Lee is one that everyone should know and learn from. It is because of her story and others that 9-1-1 standards are needed. Nathan is the President and founder of the foundation that is named after his wife and his mission is to see that standards are developed and put into place. According to the foundations official website, it is the mission, “to promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes, and technological advances to the 9-1-1 system.” It goes on to say that its vision is, “to be the emotional driving force for changes in the 9-1-1 system in order to minimize human error.”

Denise’s story is highlighted on this episode through the audio of a video Nathan played during the session. We also stress the importance of standards in 9-1-1 training as well as some problems with standardizing training throughout the country. This is a very important episode, one that we can all learn from. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and to learn more about the Denise Amber Lee Foundation please follow the links below.

Denise Amber Lee Foundation – Web | Facebook | Twitter

APCO Standards | Web

Episode topics –

  • The story of Denise Amber Lee
  • The mission of the foundation
  • The importance of 9-1-1 standards
  • Some problems with moving forward with standards
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 31! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Elise, the Executive Director of 9-1-1 for Kids. The history of the organization is revealed as well as the main purpose, which is to help reduce 9-1-1 misuse. This was an excellent episode and as you will hear in the beginning and the end of the show the music is different. This was done in honor of 9-1-1 for Kids and more information on the song can be found on their website by following the links below. This episode is packed with information and as always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

9-1-1 For Kids – Web | Facebook | Twitter

 

Episode topics –

  • The main goal of 9-1-1 for Kids
  • The importance of public education
  • Awards given for 9-1-1 heroes
  • 9-1-1 stories involving child heroes
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 30! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Natalie, who is retired out of Miami Dade Fire Rescue after 36 years and Sherry, who is with the North Central Texas Counsel of Governments 9-1-1 Program. In this episode we talk about TERT (Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce) and who 9-1-1 calls when they need help. This episode is especially informative and interesting because I did not know a lot about TERT or what they did.

We also chat about major disasters, the benefits of TERT and how to get involved and help your fellow 9-1-1 professionals. For more information on TERT please follow the links below. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

TERT – Web | Facebook

Episode topics –

  • The meaning of TERT (Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce)
  • What does TERT do?
  • Recent major disasters where TERT was utilized
  • How to get involved
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 29! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Kristina and Shelley of Bartlett PD in Tennessee and Rob of Queensland Police Service located in Brisbane, Australia. In this episode we share first time calls, the importance of knowing your location and the stress that comes with working in the 9-1-1 profession.

All of the episodes I recorded while I was here were great but I made a personal bond with this group throughout my stay in North Carolina so it made this episode special. You will also have a lot to take away from this because of the amount of great information on here. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

Episode topics –

  • How Kristina got into 9-1-1
  • How Shelley got into 9-1-1
  • How we as dispatcher’s play the “woulda shoulda game” on calls
  • Advice for the public when calling 9-1-1
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 28! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with MaryJo of Brooklyn PD and Kelly of Cleveland PD and both are out of Ohio. We shared some laughs as well as some serious stories. Both had great advice for those thinking of getting into the profession. The episode is packed with interesting information and is a must listen episode. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

Episode topics –

  • How MaryJo got into 9-1-1
  • How Kelly got into 9-1-1
  • Taking 9-1-1 calls that include children
  • Advice for those looking to get into the profession
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am EST

Within the Trenches is back with episode 27! This episode was recorded at the National NENA Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin of 9-1-1 Cares/PSTC. We shared stories from the trenches and how Kevin went from working for “AAA” to a 9-1-1 dispatch center. He also went into the history of 9-1-1 cares and how the organization does everything they can to support those behind the mic.

This is a must listen episode and to learn more about the organization please follow the links below. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

 

 

9-1-1 Cares | Web | Facebook

PSTC | Web | Facebook

 

Episode topics –

  • History of 9-1-1 Cares
  • How Kevin fell into dispatching
  • Haunting 9-1-1 calls
  • Text to 9-1-1
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04am EST

Good morning folks! Within the Trenches is back for episode 26! I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Roger of Cullman County 9-1-1 out of Alabama and Craig who is retired out of Guilford Metro 9-1-1 in North Carolina. This episode is a must listen as both Roger and Craig go through their history with 9-1-1 and how it pulled them in. Craig had emergency services in his blood, so to speak, since his father and uncle’s helped form several volunteer fire departments. Roger on the other hand was first part of the defense industry. Once he retired from there he moved into emergency services and became a 9-1-1 director after long admiring the profession.

This episode is a must listen. The history and look back at how 9-1-1 was before more recent technology is very interesting. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com for comments, concerns suggestions or if you would like to be on the show.

Episode topics –

  • How Craig got into 9-1-1
  • How Roger got into 9-1-1
  • A look back at how 9-1-1 was before recent technology
  • A look at text to 9-1-1 and the progress
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

Good morning everyone! I’m back with another awesome episode of Within the Trenches. In this episode I tried something different from the norm. At the suggestion of two awesome 9-1-1 pro’s, Kristina and Shelley, I grabbed my digital audio recorder and walked the expo hall for spot interviews. I have to admit that it was a lot of fun and I was able to get some good audio.

Probably one of the most interesting parts of this episode dealt with THOR Shield that is made by Intrado. Monica, who works with the company, walked me through this massive mobile PSAP (Public-Safety Answering Point.) The trailer of this unit sits 17 dispatchers and has its own conference room on the second floor. I wanted to get some photos but was unable to. I was told that I can get some shots emailed to me and as soon as I get those I will post them up for all to see. I hope you enjoy this episode and as always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

For more information on Intrado’s THOR Shield click here.

Episode topics –

Spot interview w/Kristina of Bartlett PD in Tennessee

Spot interview w/Rob of Queensland Police Service out of Australia

Tour of THOR Shield with Monica of Intrado

 
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am EST

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewHello everyone! Within the Trenches is back with episode 23 and this is a must listen. In this episode I went live on Spreaker and all went well until I forgot that the screen door was locked and my wife was trying to get inside but couldn’t. I had to go off the air for a short moment but everything came out great either way. This episode also included some highlights of the NENA conference last week in Lansing and the announcement of our involvement in the National NENA conference that will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. We will have the privilege of podcasting along side Mark Fletcher and the Avaya Podcast Network. It’s going to be a great experience.

With that said we are looking for sponsors. There is a large portion of the trip that is already paid but we need a little more for travel and hotel and in all honesty I am prepared to live out of my car for the entire week but if anyone would like to sponsor or donate to the show it would be appreciated. Right now we have several shirts for sale at The Jabber Log Store. All the money goes directly to the show. We don’t pocket any of the money so anything extra for the show comes out of pocket. If you can buy a shirt and show your support that would be great!

For those with a business I have something for you as well. If you would like to sponsor the show there is a 3-tier offer available.

Tier 1 for $100 – Your logo will be added to a sign and displayed on the broadcast table during the week at the conference.

Tier 2 for $200 – Your logo will be added to a sign and on a special page of The Jabber Log.

Tier 3 for $300 – The first two will be a part of this tier but your business will also be mentioned in an episode of the show.

In order to do this you can simply click on the donate button on the right side of this page and after you have donated one of the three amounts please email me at thejcast@thejabberlog.com so that we can exchange information on your business and logo. This is an excellent opportunity so please take advantage of it.

Thank you very much once again and your help is appreciated! As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and ‘Like’ us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

Episode topics –

  • Lansing, MI NENA conference highlights
  • Behind the mic – Stories from the Trenches
  • National NENA conference
  • In search of sponsors – 3 Tier plan
  • T-shirt Sales

 

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood evening everyone and welcome to episode 22 of Within the Trenches. This is the last episode of the NENA conference series that were recorded in Lansing, Michigan at the Lexington Hotel. The entire week was great and I definitely learned a lot. I also gave my own presentation on how I got into the 9-1-1 profession and how I created Within the Trenches. Despite my nerves I was able to give an excellent presentation and I am looking forward to the next time I speak at a conference.

In this episode I was joined by my co-host Whitney. We had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah, Dispatch Operations Coordinator with Washtenaw County, Jennifer, a supervisor with Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority and Bob, who is the NENA Regional Director with Intrado. In the beginning of this episode Bob told us that this is the 27th year that Michigan has had this conference. This is something I never knew and it was interesting to listen to him give the history of this conference and how important it is.

We also touched on how important the profession of 9-1-1 is and how everyone in emergency services should do what he or she can to attend a NENA conference. This was truly an amazing week for my co-host, the show and myself. We are doing big things and making it happen. I want to personally thank everyone who helped me throughout the week. Most importantly I want to thank Jeri. If it wasn’t for your conversation with my assistant director I might have never applied to be a presenter. Thank you for everything! To those who I recently met and are helping to make things happen, I thank you and you will not be sorry. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and if you would like to know more about NENA, local conferences and membership please follow the link below.

NENA | Web

Episode topics –

  • What NENA is all about
  • How each guest got involved in emergency services
  • Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Early memorable calls from each guest
  • The importance of attending a NENA conference
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood afternoon everyone! I am back again with another great episode from this weeks NENA conference in Lansing, Michigan. In this episode Mike of St. Joseph County Fire Dispatch in South Bend, Indiana, joined me along with Ron, Executive Director of Kent County Dispatch Authority and Nancy, Dispatch Operations Manager of St. Joseph County in Indiana. Episode 21 is jammed packed with useful information and a must listen. We touch on several dispatch stories as well as a mention of the Denise Amber Lee Foundation that Ron is a part of. One of the major points in this episode is a standardization of training for 9-1-1 professionals.

For more information on the Denise Amber Lee Foundation please see the link below. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

Denise Amber Lee Foundation | Web | Facebook

Episode topics –

  • How each guest was introduced to emergency services
  • 9-1-1 standards
  • How 9-1-1 is seen as a profession
  • 9-1-1 stories
  • Odd names such as “Cop Shop”, “Actin’ a Fool” and “Done Fell Out.”
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood morning and happy Friday! This has been an amazing week for me. I had the chance to attend the 2013 NENA conference in Lansing, Michigan for 9-1-1 professionals. I attended some excellent classes and met some great people doing great things. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Dee Ann, assistant director of Tuscola county 9-1-1, an ENP and one of the founding board members of the 911 Wellness Foundation. Also sitting with us for this episode was Jim Marshall with the 911 Wellness Foundation and also the director of the 911 Training Institute.

This is an episode that you do not want to miss. The information in this episode is important for everyone and Jim even gets me with a Jedi Mind Trick by getting me to admit a few things. It definitely felt good to admit those items so thank you Jim and Dee Ann for helping me and those in our field. For more information on the 911 Wellness Foundation or the 911 Training Institute please follow the links below. Also if you would like to get a hold of them through the show or our Facebook fan page you can shoot us an email and we can make contact with them. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

911 Wellness Foundation | Web

911 Training Institute | Web

Episode topics –

  • The humor of the work spouse
  • Dealing with stress and how it affects your family
  • Stress and your health
  • EMDR
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood afternoon everyone! I hope you are having an excellent day. I am currently in Lansing, Michigan for the 2013 NENA conference. This episode is the first of a series that will be recorded here. I have been attending classes, meeting new people and for this episode I had the pleasure of speaking to Dee Ann, the assistant director of Tuscola County Central Dispatch. We had an excellent conversation and this is one that you can't afford to miss! As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and make sure to 'Like' us on Facebook!

Episode topics -

  • How Dee Ann got into dispatch
  • 9-1-1 calls that have stuck with her
  • What an ENP is
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewHello everyone! Whitney and I are back with an epic episode 18 of Within the Trenches. It has been about a month or so since Whit and I were together for an episode but we are back to hook you up with another excellent show. This week both Whitney and I have been battling some health issues but my minor cold and Whit's ear were unable to hold us back. On this episode we had the pleasure of interviewing none other than the very popular KMK of Diary of a Mad Dispatcher. KMK shared some awesome stories from her dispatch career including her very first 9-1-1 call and another call from a drunk who called in saying that he had fallen off a cliff but what he didn't realize was that there are no cliffs in the area he was in. Get ready to hear from the Mad Dispatcher herself and make sure to check her out on Facebook and her t-shirt store on etsy.com by searching "The Mad Dispatcher." As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and 'Like' our new Facebook page! In this episode I said it was just Within the Trenches but it's actually Within the Trenches Podcast. Cheers!

Diary of a Mad Dispatcher | Facebook | etsy.com

Within the Trenches | Facebook

Episode topics -

  • The beginning of KMK's dispatch career
  • How Diary of a Mad Dispatcher was created
  • A time restriction on the release of 9-1-1 tapes
  • Social Media and NG911

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Ricardo w/the Fearless FourHello everyone, I am back this week for episode 17 of Within the Trenches. This is the last of a series of episodes that were recorded at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton Florida. In this episode I sat down with four of Palm Beach State College 9-1-1 Dispatch Academy's finest. The conversation I had with Lisa, Myrnett, Wayne and Kimberly was excellent and refreshing. Their insight and experience going through the academy brought me back to when I first started. My beginning wasn't as elaborate but it definitely brought me back. Thank you very much for sitting with me and sharing your experience. I have dubbed you the Fearless Four. Good luck on your finals and I know you will do great things.

I want to thank Tom of the Cool Kids of 9-1-1 for inviting Within the Trenches to be part of this and everyone involved in the Mini-C conference and those who were guests on the show. On behalf of Whitney and I, we appreciate it more than you know. If you would like to know more about the Palm Beach State College 9-1-1 Dispatch Academy you can follow the link below. As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and make sure to like us on Facebook!

Palm Beach State College 9-1-1 Dispatch Academy | Web

Episode topics

  • Why each one of them wanted to get into dispatching
  • Their experience in the academy
  • Calls they have listened to
  • The recent Bakersfield California call controversy
  • Their message to anyone thinking of getting into dispatching
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood evening folks! I am back again with a new episode of Within the Trenches. This episode is a continuation of the series of episodes that I recorded this past week at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton Florida. In this episode I had the privilege of speaking with Cheryl who works with Palm Beach County 9-1-1 Management and is a part-time 9-1-1 dispatcher. Cheryl was great to talk to and she finished off the interview with an excellent message for the public. It's something that everyone needs to hear because when you make a 9-1-1 call there is specific information we need so her message is one that is very important.

As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and make sure to 'Like' us on Facebook!

 

Episode topics -

  • How Cheryl got into dispatch
  • How long she's been doing it
  • Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Memorable call - Home invasion where callers mom was shot and the little girl on the phone was also shot w/Cheryl on the phone
  • Message for the public
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Sabrina & RicardoGood afternoon! This episode of Within the Trenches features Sabrina of West Palm Beach Dispatch Operations. We had an excellent conversation before recording and it was nice because we were able to get to know each other better. After only a few minutes of talking to her I felt as though we knew each other all our lives. This is a must listen episode that everyone can learn from. Make sure to check it out, share and as always, you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

 

 

Episode topics -

  • How Sabrina got into dispatching
  • The interview process
  • Line of duty death
  • Dispatch education/training
Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Al & RicardoGood evening! Last week was rather busy with my root canal, 22 hour drive to Florida and graduation. I'm very happy to say that my family and I made it through everything with no problems, but last weeks episode had to be postponed. I'm still on vacation in Florida and just yesterday I had the privilege of attending the 4th Annual Mini-C conference in Boca Raton. I was initially invited by Tom of The Cool Kids of 9-1-1. He and I had been talking about promoting each others work and he mentioned this conference. It was promoted on Jabber Log and afterward he said it was too bad that Whitney and I couldn't be there during the conference. Well, it just so happened that I was going to be in Florida so I attended and recorded four great episodes.

 

This episode features Al, a 12 year volunteer with Boca Raton 9-1-1. He recently turned 95 years old and had much to say about 9-1-1. It was a great conversation!

Episode topics -

  • How Al became a volunteer
  • The need for more 9-1-1 public education
  • The need for more 9-1-1 training for dispatchers

And much more!

As always you can email the show at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and make sure to listen, share and visit The Cool Kids of 9-1-1 for more on the Mini-C!

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewHello everyone! Whitney and I are back again this week with episode 13 of Within the Trenches. A few episodes back we spoke with Cheryl of Yakima, Washington and she was not only a dispatcher but she is part of her centers critical incident stress management (CISM) team. It was an interesting and informative show and since it went so well, we wanted to bring this week’s guest on to add to the topic of CISM. This week we spoke with Matt, operations manager of the communications center in Kent County. It's one of our larger areas in western Michigan and he reflected on one of his first emergencies while attending an explorers program as a teenager with a local fire department. He also touched on the importance of CISM and we spoke briefly on a call he helped us out with when we were dealing with a loss of our own.

A big thanks goes out to Kent County for allowing us the opportunity to have Matt on the show and to Matt; thank you for everything you do! It's appreciated more than you know. As always you can email us at thejcast@thejabberlog.com or you can click the black contact button on the left of this page. Thanks and make sure to listen, share and comment!

 

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood evening everyone! Whitney and I are back with episode 12 of Within the Trenches. We postponed our interview for this week because of some issues I was having with an infected tooth and some minor oral surgery but we pulled through. This weeks episode is a bit longer than the last few but it's definitely worth it. I can tell you that it's amazing and you are really going to dig it! In this episode we share four different 9-1-1 tapes involving the wonders of bees, handcuffs, shrimp fried rice and child discipline.

Whitney and I add to the tapes with our expertise and humor so this is a must listen. We also answer a couple listener questions about why we continue to ask questions after we've been given the initial information and what we do if we take a call with a language barrier. We also touch on The Call, a new movie starring Halle Berry where she plays a 9-1-1 operator. A new flash contest is mentioned and we share an excellent deal from Success Communications, Inc. Their conference called 9114911 is coming up in October and it's something you need to check out. When you register make sure to mention Within the Trenches and the offer within this episode and you will get a sweet deal. As always you can email us at thejcast@thejabberlog.com!

9114911 | Web

Team Coco | Halle Berry on CONAN (The Call)

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood afternoon everyone! Whitney and I are back with episode 11 of Within the Trenches. This week we spoke with Cheryl, a dispatcher and Critical Incident Stress Management, (CISM) team member with SunComm in Yakima, WA. This was an interesting episode because we were battling with the Internet, our friend and foe. We dealt with some issues over Skype and the audio was cutting in and out but after some good editing, you can't even tell that anything messed up. Despite the technical difficulties this episode was excellent and Cheryl shared some great stories with us. We touch on PTSD and below you can follow some links that will take you to the articles we mentioned within the show. On behalf of Whitney and I, we thank you for being so open with us and our audience. Personal stories can be hard to share but helping others learn from it is one of our ultimate goals with this show. If you want to reach Cheryl for all things CISM, please send us an email and we will get you in contact with her.

Coming up next week, Whitney and I will be doing an episode where we will be doing a Q & A from the listeners, playing 9-1-1 calls, discussing different topics and we will be live on Spreaker! Enjoy the show, share it with all you know and as always, you can email us at thejcast@thejabberlog.com.

Hazards of Being A 9-1-1 Dispatcher | Link

Study: 911 Dispatchers Experience PTSD Symptoms Too | Link

Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) | Link

 

 

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

podcastfeedLogoNewGood morning everyone I hope you are having an excellent Saturday. This past Wednesday Whitney and I sat down with two different dispatchers to record episodes 10 and 11. This way we can post one this week and post the next this coming Wednesday. It gives us some time to contact more people and come up with new things to do on the show. We are currently working on topic driven episodes with Whitney and I, answering listener questions and we were recently given the green light from Dispatch Magazine On-Line to utilize their library of 9-1-1 tapes. These new in-house episodes will be live and will give a new element to the show.

This episode features Brody, a 9-1-1 dispatcher out of Harvey County 911 in Newton, Kansas who adds a little flare to the profession by talking to us about some of his tactical dispatch experience. As always you can email us at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and if you want to get your hands on some official Within the Trenches merchandise, you can either hit The Jabber Log Store tab above or follow the link below. Also don't forget to check out The Thin Gold Line on Facebook!

The Jabber Log Store | Web

The Thin Gold Line | Facebook

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Good morning! I hope you are ready for a few stories from America’s hat. This week on Within the Trenches, Bobbi of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) joined us for episode 9 over Skype. Her stories and training were not only interesting but if I had started out my dispatching career in her center I might have gone insane. I mean, think about it,

“911 where is your emergency?”

“I have a bear in my yard!”

Or

“An avalanche just slammed down in the area!”

Yeah…that would have been pretty crazy but I’m sure it would have been fun and an experience to take a call like that. The episode was fully balanced with humor, seriousness, and all around AWESOME! As always you can email us at thejcast@thejabberlog.com and we are currently seeking sponsors for the show. We are also seeking more people to participate and we do have an open call event on Facebook so make sure to check that out.

We are looking for people that bleed dispatch and want to share their experience and story with not only us but also all of our listeners. Sell it to us and let us know why you would be a good choice for the show. Whitney and I firmly believe that everyone has a great story to tell and everyone is important but we are looking for those who really want to be on the show. So this is what you need to do if you want to apply to be on the show.

  1. Join/attend our open call
  2. Become a fan of Jabber Log on Facebook and send us a message through there with your experience, any memorable stories and why you should be on the show.
  3. Oh! And please leave a good email address/contact info in case we are unable to reach you through Facebook.

In the end, it’s all about you, the unsung hero’s of emergency services. It’s your story and we want to help tell it. Make sure to listen, share and if you would like to learn more about the RCMP and a new Facebook page that highlights the 9-1-1 dispatchers of Canada, please follow the links below. Without further ado, I present to you the ninth episode of Within the Trenches.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police | Web

Radio Angels Canada | Facebook

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

Hello everyone! Whitney and I are back with episode 8 for our back to back episodes week of Within the Trenches. In this episode we chat with Dan, Director of Chilton County E9-1-1 in Alabama. Our topic of discussion takes us back to April 27 2011 when a swarm of tornadoes destroyed the surrounding area. Dan has a very extensive background in emergency services so it was very interesting to get his feedback and explanation on certain topics. We even touched on how an area in Montana and the upper peninsula of Michigan suffered a problem when their respective EAS systems were hacked to express and warn of the dangers of a zombie uprising. Can you imagine going through that? This episode was definitely informative and in good fun. For more information on Chilton County E9-1-1 follow the links below and stay tuned for next weeks episode when we chat with Bobbi, a dispatcher with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Chilton County E9-1-1 | Web | Facebook | Twitter

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

Good evening folks! Whitney and I are back again with 1 of 2 new episodes of Within the Trenches. This week we Skype’d with Joshua of West Bloomfield Township PD in Michigan. The topic of this episode is one of great importance. No dispatcher or anyone out in the field ever wants to hear, “Shots fired. Officer down,” but it’s something that some of us have heard throughout our years of duty. If you’ve ever dealt with this then you know that a debriefing or speaking to your peers will help move on for the most part. Joshua shares a story with us that will pull at the strings of your emotions. Thank you very much for sharing this with us and helping others get through tough times.

Also within this episode a great organization is mentioned. The organization is MI-C.O.P.S., which stands for Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors. According to their official website,

“Reaching out to survivors and co-workers, Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors (MI-C.O.P.S.), an all volunteer organization, is a chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose sole purpose is to provide support to surviving law enforcement families and co-workers in rebuilding their lives after the traumatic and life-changing experience of losing an officer in the line of duty.”

For more information on this organization please follow the link below. This episode will show you that so much more happens after the call. We build a bond with our brothers and sisters out in the field and we thank you for all you do. For our brothers and sisters answering the call, a salute to you and everyone who has ever dealt with a fallen officer while on duty. On behalf of Whitney and I, we thank Joshua once again for this episode. Godspeed Officer Patrick O’Rourke, your brothers and sisters will take it from here.

MI-C.O.P.S. | Web

Direct download: WithintheTrenchesEP7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm EST