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Dust in the Wind: Dust in your 911 Comm Center?

Posted by Ken Carson on Nov 16, 2017 3:56:38 PM

DustintheWind.gifGrowing up in the ‘70s, “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas became one of my favorite songs of all time. Now that I have a house and teenagers, I don’t like actual dust at all. It seems to come from everywhere, and I know this is even more true in your 911 Comm Center. With 24/7 staffing and the constant action in the room, there is a ton of dust. So, how do you get rid of it?

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Topics: Health, Cleaning, Flooring

911 Dispatchers & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted by Amanda Schwartz on Nov 13, 2017 9:35:36 AM

StressPTSD.gifBefore diving too deep into this subject, let’s start with the basics. What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? How can it affect you?

PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. A person may develop this disorder in response to extreme trauma that he/she has experienced, witnessed, or learned about, especially trauma that is life-threatening or causes bodily harm. A person may feel horror, fear, or helplessness because of this trauma.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

5 Instant Stress Relief Ideas for 911 Dispatchers

Posted by Chelsea Kimbrough on Sep 21, 2017 8:44:46 AM

stress.gifPublic safety professionals work in very unique settings, and they experience an intense job flow that most working people are not used to. 911 Dispatchers are always ready and on high-alert for that next phone call. Unlike a typical office job, a 911 Dispatcher cannot always leave their desk to take a walk outside, go down to the lobby for coffee, or check out of work an hour early.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

Energy and Survival Tips for Night Shift Dispatchers

Posted by Amanda Schwartz on Sep 15, 2017 3:28:39 PM

giphy-downsized.gifFirst and foremost, for anyone out there working the night shift, I want to extend a huge THANK YOU for staying awake and keeping us safe. Whether you are a dispatcher, supervisor, firefighter, police officer, nurse, etc., we all know how difficult of an adjustment working odd hours is to overcome. If you find yourself losing focus, counting down the minutes until you can go home, and/or becoming delirious, you may need to adjust your approach. Sleep, nutrition, and planning are essential for keeping your mind and body alert and focused for the workplace. Here are some energy and survival tips for those of you working the night shift:

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Topics: Health, QUICK TIPS

Stress at Work for 911 Dispatch: 4 Ways to Improve Your Work Area

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on May 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

We all know by now that stress can be a huge issue for those in 911 dispatch. But, what if you could eliminate some stress with a few helpful suggestions, would you? Well, what about something as simple as improving your work area? Yes, the place where you spend a significant amount of time at during your work day. Think it’s worth a try to reduce stress and dissatisfaction? I do. So here are my tips for improving your work area:

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Topics: Health, Cleaning, Stress

The Silent and Dark Morale Killer in a 911 Communications Center

Posted by Todd Parson on Feb 28, 2017 1:14:14 PM

SteelDesign.jpgA 911 communications center is host to many dark calls. For 911 dispatchers who are responsible for answering these critical phone calls, death is on the phone daily. I spent 14 years as a paramedic in Denver, and I remember that one day my unit alone saw eight cases dead on arrival (DOA). Later on, we were able to make our way to one of the local parks to look at green grass, beautiful lakes, and pleasant foliage in order to soothe some of the pain we had witnessed.

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Topics: Health, Workstation Planning, Morale

Improve Morale In Your 911 Comm Center: Employee Recognition Ideas

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Feb 7, 2017 4:20:29 PM

Morale.jpgI’m just going to say it, employee morale and company culture have a huge effect on the workplace. Absenteeism, lost productivity and poor health have all been directly attributed to morale in a workplace. So in a 24/7 industry like 911 dispatch, how can you improve morale and company culture, while adhering to policies and guidelines.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Morale

Making Your Health a Priority as a 911 Dispatcher

Posted by Cher Ice on Jan 27, 2017 3:32:17 PM

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You are basically a superhero. After all, as a 911 dispatcher, you save lives all day every day. Thanks to you and your ability to remain calm during the most trying times, lives are saved on a daily basis.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Recipes

3 New Years Resolutions to Help You Achieve Better Health in 2017!

Posted by Heather Brown on Dec 30, 2016 9:14:34 AM

New Year.jpgIt's that time of the year again! It’s time to start thinking about your New Year's resolutions. I'm sure you all start out the year with great intentions of quitting smoking, exercising more regularly, eating better, etc. We all start out January 1st gung-ho and ready to conquer the world, and we plan to exceed all of our goals! It’s great to be determined, but are we setting ourselves up to fail though? I think if we set reasonable expectations for ourselves and don’t push our limits, keeping New Year's resolutions and creating healthier lifestyles can be achieved.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

3 Ways to Fight Stress and Stay Happy During the Holidays

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Nov 22, 2016 2:17:13 PM

Howtobeatholidaystress.jpgHolidays mean stress for most of us. The kids are out of school; family is knocking at the door. You’re responsible for cooking a 20-pound turkey flawlessly and on-time. Not to mention the decorating, shuffling between family traditions and taking care of grandma. Whoa…deep breath. You’re a 911 dispatcher, you’re used to stress right? No doubt, all of us feel the pressure during the holiday season, so here are three things you might try to help fight stress, stay healthy and stay happy during the holidays.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

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