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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
5:32 am

Anyone that reads this, would you be willing to share your agency's logo (assuming you don't work at your local PD/Sheriff's Office)? My agency Amarillo Emergency Communications Center is having a design contest for a new company logo because our old one was a lightning bolt and everyone thought we worked for the electric company.
Friday, November 12th, 2010
1:13 pm
I'm doing CPR on this community...
I hate to see that this community is dead! :( We need to start it back up! 

How long have you been dispatching/calltaking? I've been taking emergency calls for 11 months now and love it. I've only had one person die on the phone with me, but I've also delivered a healthy baby boy via the phone :) 
Monday, January 25th, 2010
6:52 pm
Quote of the day
"No, she ain't conscious, shes standing right here"!
12:03 pm
Friday, January 16th, 2009
9:19 am
CYMBL and 3 R's
I'm trying to put a detailed training program into place at the ambulance company I work for. I pulled some resources off of the internet last night and one of the things I found was a call-taker final test. There are two questions that I didn't know the answers to. They are:

Define the meaning of "CYMBL."

List the three "R's" of dispatching.

Can anyone help me find these answers?? I googled both and came up with no results. :(


cross-posted to theconsole

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
4:05 am
New 911 TV Series
I don't particularly like these kinds of shows....just don't care to watch work-related stuff like this....however, I thought that maybe some of you out there might be interested....

X-posting in both 911emergency and theconsole

Website for the show

Details to follow.......Collapse )

Current Mood: blah
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
9:53 am
We are trying to think of new scheduling possibilities in our comm. center, so I was looking for examples from others. If you get a moment, please share what you currently run on. For example, a girl from Jacksonville, FL told me yesterday that her comm. cener works 7 days on, 2 off, 8 on, 4 off, 8-hr shifts.

Thanks in advance!
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
2:10 pm
Signal 10-13
Some of you may have heard, two EMTs were critically wounded on Monday in Nyack, Rockland County(Lower Hudson Valley), NY. One, 19, sustaining a head injury and the other, 20, more seriously injured, losing her arm.

Multiple stories on the incident:
link 1
link 2
link 3

And you can help with the 10-13 here:

Sunday, February 17th, 2008
10:04 am
40 years ago yesterday
On February 16, 1968, Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 9-1-1 call made in the United States in Haleyville, Alabama. The serving telephone company was then Alabama Telephone Company. This Haleyville 9-1-1 system is still in operation today.

At the end of the 20th century, nearly 93% of the population of the United States was covered by some type of 9-1-1 service. Ninety-five percent of that coverage was Enhanced 9-1-1. Approximately 96% of the geographic US is covered by some type of 9-1-1.

Monday, January 28th, 2008
2:03 pm
Portland police mourn death of officer
Portland Tribune Article -

Portland police mourn death of officer

By Nick Budnick

LocalNewsDaily.com, Jan 27, 2008

In a show of respect for a well-liked Portland police officer who died early Sunday, Mayor Tom Potter has ordered flags on all city of Portland buildings to be flown at half-staff.

Officer Mark Zylawy died when he was struck on Interstate 5 by a tractor-trailer rig while standing beside his car, which had broken down. He had been on his way to work in Northeast Portland when he was killed around 6:30 a.m.

"Officer Zylawy was not only a great officer, but a great friend to many in the communities he served with compassion and concern," said Potter. "His loss will be felt not only by the neighborhoods of Northeast Portland, but in every neighborhood in our city.

"Our thoughts are with Mark's wife, Patricia, and his four children."

The flags will remain lowered until services are held for Zylawy later this week.

Legendary officer
For years, Zylawy has been among the most well-respected police officers in Portland. Ask a hundred officers who the best cop in the Portland Police Bureau is, and Zylawy, known as “Z-man,” would be far and away among the top vote-getters.

Though just 40 at the time of his death, Zylawy was already a 17-year veteran and legendary among coworkers for his unequaled work ethic and low-key, humble demeanor. During his lengthy stint working Northeast Precinct, he earned a reputation as a compassionate straight-shooter, including among those he arrested. In fact, thanks to his good reputation with those he policed, Zylawy could hardly appear in public downtown or in Northeast Portland without receiving shouted friendly greetings and waves from people he'd put in handcuffs years before.

In a ride-along with this reporter years ago, it was clear why people liked him so much: he treated people as equals, and treated people with compassion even while arresting them.

At one point, after taking in an apparently drug-addicted prostitute on a warrant, he then took a break from his patrols to knock on doors and hunt for the guy who'd allegedly beaten her.

He also had a phenomenal memory that not only helped him spot wanted criminals, but it also helped him remember details of what was important to them, making him a better cop.

‘Such a nice guy’
Unlike some active, hardworking officers, Zylawy almost never generated tort claims or internal affairs complaints, a characteristic that Chief Rosie Sizer in an interview prior to his death attributed to the respect with which he treated people.

“He was such a nice guy,” said bureau spokesman Sgt. Brian Schmautz. “He was a really, really — I mean really good guy. He was everything you could ask for in a cop.”

Schmautz also sent the following e-mail to reporters containing a statement that Sizer put out bureau-wide. In it, Sizer relates information from the Washington State Police and refers officers to the Employee Assistance Program for assistance.

Schmautz wrote: ”I am beginning to get media calls about Officer Mark Zylawy who was killed this morning in Washington. Mark was one of the most uniquely gifted police officers I have ever had the privilege of working with. He will be greatly missed.

“Earlier this morning Chief Sizer sent this message to all members of the Portland Police Bureau. Mark’s family has asked that they be left alone while they attempt to come to grips with this devastating loss.”

Statement by Chief Sizer:

It is with great sadness that I have to give everyone this information.

At 6:32 this morning, Portland Police Officer Mark Zylawy was killed in a collision on I-5 southbound in Vancouver. From information obtained from WSP [Washington State Patrol], it appears that Mark’s car broke down and he had pulled over onto the shoulder of the freeway. Mark was struck and killed by a truck that was driving by his vehicle. WSP is continuing the investigation.

Mark was 40 years old and had been a police officer for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and four children. I can not think of the words to sum up Mark's life. Mark earned the respect of everyone by his hard work, dedication, and integrity. Mark loved being a police officer and gave more than we will ever be able to give back. Please keep his family in your thoughts.

As always EAP is available if anyone would like to speak with someone about this tragic event. EAP will also forward information on a memorial service when information becomes available.

- Rosie Sizer

Current Mood: sad
Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
1:23 pm
amusing police stories

funny police stories I found:

couple suing police because the police returned dead pot plants to them:

Cops chasing a kangaroo.  I'm sure the cops were thinking "they didn't cover this at the academy"

and finally, cops chasing a donut truck:

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
6:15 pm
Holy L.A. Batman.. I want one.. Squad 51 on Ebay.
They're selling a life sized Squad 51. A good replica. Come watch and drool..

Body: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=330185531777&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=014


Current Mood: amused
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
2:48 pm
New girl
Hello all.

I'm up in Canada and just pased CritiCall testing and a prescreening interview to become a 911 operator.

Next week I have a 1 hour interview which I've been told is an "HR thing" but they wouldn't give me any more information than that.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what the "HR interview" might be about.

Thank you guys!
Monday, September 10th, 2007
12:39 pm
Calling all Paramedics
  The ambulance company I work for in Denver is seeking Paramedics for employment.  There is a $2000 dollar sign on bonus and up to $1000 relocation fees if relocating to the Denver (with receipts).   So if you are interested or know any paramedics please let me know and I will get you all the info.  I get a bonus as well and really could use the money so please pass this along.  Thanks in advnce for all of your help!

you can e-mail me at somuchtrouble @ gmail.com
Saturday, September 8th, 2007
4:44 am
Caller quote of the day...
"We're having a physical conversation!"

Current Mood: amused
Monday, July 30th, 2007
8:25 am
It will be a sad day if EMTs and Paramedics have to go on strike.
Strike?Collapse )
Thursday, July 19th, 2007
9:14 am
Greetings all.

I just moved to the Aurora/Denver Colorado area from Connecticut, I'm awaiting for my Colorado Certification (EMT-B just waiting on the FBI/CBI background check). Does anyone have any suggestions as to who is a good company to work for out here. X posted.



Current Mood: curious
8:51 am
Well seeing the great response to what I posted yesterday I figured I'd post the rest of the inspirational writings I have have for our field. Starting with the Oath of EMT, that I took when I finished my training.

EMT Oath

Written by: Dr. Charles B. Gillespie, M.D.

Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor the physical and judicial laws of God and man. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law.

I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.

While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.

So Help Me God!

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Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
12:55 pm
To The One I Love

To the One I Love

Author: Connecticut C.I.S.D. Network

I became involved in emergency service work because there is a need for people to help others who are in trouble. Sometimes there are calls I respond to, however, that are difficult to talk about - even with the person you love and trust the most in the world.

Please accept that.

There are at times experiences I suffer which hurt me very deeply, and I might bring my suffering home. Sometimes my feelings bother me so much so that I can't even talk about them. Maybe it's because I don't want you to even imagine what I've suffered, or maybe it's because I'm afraid that you won't fully understand the depth of my feelings. During these times I'll become moody or irritable, and I may not seem to care much about your feelings or problems.

Please accept that.

You love me for who and what I am. I choose to do what I do because it's so important to me and to those I help, and although it's sometimes very difficult and maybe even dangerous, I love doing what I do, and I do it well. In short, I'm proud of what I am, and I hope that you are proud of me.

There are scenes, though, when I feel that I didn't do enough - so many people out there depend upon me; there are even times I get frustrated and even angry at my co-workers, myself, even the victims of tragedy. There are times that the horrors I have to deal with just overwhelm me. That's when I have to sort things out by myself or with others who were there with me.

Please accept that.

So, please, if I have a really bad call and just can't talk, it isn't because I don't love and care for you. It's not because I doubt your love and concern for me. I'm just not ready to open up. When this happens, don't try to understand - just accept the fact that I'm hurting and that I'll talk to you when I can.

I promise.

Sunday, June 24th, 2007
12:10 am
Summer of Peace, My Ass
The Denver city PTB have declared 2007 as the Summer of Peace. Yesterday we had five shootings. Tonight started with a stabbing and a riot. Anyone else experiencing an unusually violent meltdown?

Current Mood: scared
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