By now, most of you have heard about the health risks of sitting for extended periods of time. A height adjustable workstation or desk will give you the most flexibility, because it allows you to move easily between sitting and standing. So, the next logical question you might ask is 'how do you know what height to adjust your desk to?' A standing desk won’t do a whole lot of good, if you’re hunched over the keyboard to type or craning your neck to read your email. When setting up a height adjustable workstation, there are two positions you want to consider; seated and standing. Both are specific to each individual who uses the workstation.
The job of a 911 dispatcher challenges a person’s mental and emotional abilities. It is also a job that requires a person to remain sitting in a chair during most of their shift. This type of job provides only limited opportunities to stand up and move around. Because of this limitation, proper ergonomics for 911 dispatchers is essential. Improper ergonomics can lead to both short and long term physical issues.
Time marches on and the rising tide of technological change has engulfed everyone, especially those in the emergency services industry. While the post 9/11 era of dispatching stressed the integration of emergency services; communication technologies have evolved considerably during the intervening decade and Next Generation 911 is poised to take off. At the same time, budgets are tight and the prudent PSAP manager is understandably cautious when thinking about allocating scarce resources.