Central to all units in the field: Dispatcher 1 is back in service. That’s correct after being a little burnt out with things and not being able to complete and publish a post since December I’m ready to come back to action. I feel like it has been so long since I’ve been active that I want to make a small reintroduction to myself and the vision I have for this blog. I’m Dispatcher 1 and I’m a 911 Dispatcher for a county agency that dispatches for between 100 and 150 various agencies from Federal to Local Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement. We also handle other services such as Medical Examiner, Emergency DPW/DOT notifications, and etc. In addition to being a dispatcher (my full-time job) I’m an Emergency Medical Technician (I stopped working for an ALS agency so reverted from an ALS provider to BLS) in multiple states. I have 9 years of experience in the field and about 5 years on the desk (1 at a commercial EMS agency, 4 at 911). In addition to EMS/Emergency Communications I’m also a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary where I serve as a Public Affairs Officer. Then of course the most important part of my life my two wonderful sons.
The vision that I had originally when starting this blog was all about EMS whether it was from dispatching units behind the desk or my experience as a provider in the field. What happened was mostly posts about my passion for EMS and the things I did in the field with occasional rants about things going on in the dispatch center, stupid callers (lets face it there are a lot of those), and just random other issues I faced. I want to gear this back toward what I wanted it to be from the beginning a place to share experience, hopefully gain some information from readers, and discuss not only EMS but also my limited experience with Fire and Law Enforcement from sitting behind the desk. Not only do I want to discuss my experience but I want to hear from readers and discuss issues facing responders and dispatchers alike.
The greatest thing about my career so far is that I’m licensed/certified in three states and have operated in all of them both as an ALS provider and BLS provider. I love being able to see the different ways people do things from different areas. Things are so different sometimes from the next county over let alone the next state. I’ve seen some great ideas some pretty terrible ones and some progressive protocols and some backwards ones. (For instance carrying surgical booties on the ambulance I’ve never really figured out the purpose for those yet but it’s required equipment for that area. Though the bag of tools such as the mallet and hacksaw could probably come in handy.) In addition to just working a bunch of different places I’ve also served and continue to serve as both a Field Training Officer and Communications Training Officer which your students/trainees can be a wealth of information for you just like you are to them.
So there you have it… A little reintroduction and a vision of what I’d like to do and my hopes for lots of participation and getting to hear from people all over doing the things I do.