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  1. EMDispatch

    Mapping in Texas

    Google and GPS mapping systems have some inaccuracies in our county. A map book and competency reading one is required in our remote areas... sadly it’s a dying skill. As a county we have issued our own map books as the private companies have phased out.
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    Study Shows Black Children Less Likely to Receive Bystander CPR

    Gracias, My internet is sketchy on my mobile at work. It’s a shame the study did nothing to capture CPR instruction from 911. Granted it’s not a be all, end all, but it’s the current system stop gap for lack of education in the layperson. It would have added a lot more to depth of the study...
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    Study Shows Black Children Less Likely to Receive Bystander CPR

    Does anyone have access to the full study. Most, not all, 911 systems in the US are providing the CPR instructions. Are they tracking when instructions are provided and if they are being refused,etc? Public education is a significant factor, but anecdotally I feel like there’s some cultural...
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    Patches wanted!

    They require proof of association and registry in state at checkout... otherwise I’d buy there in a heartbeat. Also hats off to them for checking before selling to anyone.
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    Patches wanted!

    Specifically looking for the new NC EMD patch. The Boston EMT patch, not spelled out, just the abbreviation. Also the ACTEMS patch. Looking for primarily dispatch related patches. I have some of our system patches available for trade, and can get MD State EMT and EMD patches.
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    Dispatch officer as a career?

    It all depends on how well radios are tracks be assigned aliases, at least on a Motorola system. Unfortunately, I have a police agency that cannot get through their head to stop randomly grabbing portables each shift... They have assigned ones for a reason.
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    Dispatch officer as a career?

    It's always interesting to hear how it's done elsewhere. I think for the most part the US is behind the curve on correctly implementing dispatch protocols. We ignore the level of agency specific customization available, and just stick with the cookie cutter response levels given.
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    Dispatch officer as a career?

    Pre-standardized protocols a lot of places required EMT. The basic medical knowledge isn't as useful these days. Like DrParasite said there are no prerequisites beyon a pulse and a high school degree to start the process. Pre-employment screening test and background checks weed out most...
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    Dispatch officer as a career?

    Sadly in the US you won't find pay that good unless your in a major metropolitan area, with many years experience. We're still very under appreciated around here. But, I did forget to mention those dispatch certs through IAED are internationally accepted... If you can find a way to snag a visa...
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    Thinking about advancing to ALS...

    ABT from grad school in a field I wasn't totally into. Which also ended up lacking the career style I wanted, but it was close to my wife. I ended up in comms because I had always had an interest. My preferred position would still be emergency manager, but around here the old guard won't...
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    Thinking about advancing to ALS...

    Yeah that's what I'm thinking
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    Thinking about advancing to ALS...

    So, I've been an EMT now for almost 6 years. Obviously I'm a career dispatcher, but I've been toying with attending local community college for an ALS program. The end goal would be to pickup some side shifts, and advance myself personally. The problem: I run with a fire department where we...
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    Dispatch officer as a career?

    Hi Limes, I've been in dispatch in a rural county for almost 5 years and a supervisor the last 2. Dispatch is a different animal than field response. The obvious difference is lack of contact with the scene. So you'll take the call, process it and then your done with 99% of calls outside of...
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    EMT to Firefighting

    Somewhere around 70% of firefighters in the US are volunteers. The good news is it sounds like you are in the Phoenix Metro area where you have paid career departments. Career fire departments are highly competitive agencies to join. We're talking like 200-1000 applicants per 1 slot in the...
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    Forum verification

    Well I'm not a constant poster on here, but a lurker. I check in and post on topics I have knowledge about when they come up. I'd be cool with voluntary system.
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    Law Enforcement / Medic

    Makes sense I've been out of the Erie, PA area for over 5 years now. A lot of the BORSTAR mission doesn't really mesh with the northern border, at least not the northeast.
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    "Best" things heard in dispatch

    Not my agency thank goodness, but taken from a coworker. A tower was dispatched, by itself for a "high rise" maternity... Luckily crews realized the error and added an ambulance to the high risk maternity.
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    Law Enforcement / Medic

    MSP is dying for flight medics all the time. They have trouble with people wanting to go through their academy and be dual role personnel. Like CALEMT said, unless BORSTAR has changed, it requires a minimum of several years as a standard officer, which would be 99.99% be on the US/Mexico...
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    Managing patients with phyciatric issues

    Like Nys said, CIT classes are great and are one of the more advertised courses on these subjects. Though any sort of crisis communications type class or lecture will help a little bit. Three quick ideas from training and experiences I've had. Granted these come from behind the desk, but I...
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    Anyone care to explain hosptial EMS communications in NJ?

    Thank you all very much. I just like to know a little more about agencies I have represented in my collection.
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