Today was our monthly RACES meeting at the county Emergency Operatoins Center. After the meeting our Emergency Management Director asked me if I had a minute. He took me into Dispatch, introduced me to the on duty deispatchers and had me sit down at a console. One of the dispatchers showed me around the radio console and gave me a quick orientation all the monitors. Each position has 4 screens connected to 2 computers. One for ANI/ALI (the automatic location information that the 911 operator gets when you dial 911, one for the mapping software which has pictures of all the houses in the county to help locate an emergency, and two screens for the Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) and Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) software.
Afterwards I spoke with the EMA director about what might make my chances better if, he says its a definite when, something comes open. He told me what I’ve already done is going to help a ton and he’s going to get me a couple other ideas.
I’m excited. I really want to do something like this. I hope God wants me to too.