Dispatch Sit-Along – End of Shift Report

Dispatch Sit-Along – End of Shift Report

Tonight I sat in on 2nd shift with our county comm center. It ran from 14:30-22:30. I had a great time and learned a lot too. I got to see what goes on behind the scenes of a traffic stop, hear what happens when you call 911 for difficulty breathing, and got a look into what it’s like to support the officers and other personnel in the field.

It was a fairly slow night, even though a couple people uttered the “Q” word in hopes of stirring up a little action. For thos of you who don’t know the “Q” word is quiet. Uttering this word in Emergency Services often results in the Universe raining down a literal ton of things to make the now infamous speaker of the word regret ever having emerged from the womb. Okay, maybe not that bad, but the “Q” word is generally a no-no.

We’re pretty sure the snow was what kept people in doors and out of trouble. Which is, after all, a desireable thing.

I got the chance to talk with the duty crew and learn about the hiring process and how things work around there. So I’ve got an idea what to watch out for and what to do now.

I had a really good time, and if there isn’t a job opening in the next couple of months I’ll probably go back for another shift.

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