I hear voices.
At least I used to hear voices, before I took this desk job at Headquarters, but before that, in the field, I heard voices.
The voices woke me from my sleep and interrupted meals more often than not and always seemed to know someone was ill or injured. Most of the time anyway.
For all my griping about MPDS, dispatchers and call takers, they still show up everyday to do a job I would fake a seizure to not have to do.
They take the confused, rambling mumblings of someone, code it, send it and away I go to deal with the problem. So what if it’s not always what they say it is, all they’re doing is telling us what someone told them.
And many times, after listening to some of these calls for QA purposes, “told” isn’t exactly the right word.
A man is shouting to please hurry! please hurry! but won’t say why or what is wrong. He simply says please hurry.
The woman holding the lifeless baby can’t get a word through her screaming but the voice still tries to talk her through CPR.
The whispers of the young boy hiding in the closet while someone assaults his older brother in another room are barely discernible because the call taker next to them is dealing with the screaming mother from before.
The voices belong to a group of folks who aim to bring a few moments of sanity to an insane world, and all over the phone and the radio.
Call them dispatchers, broadcasters, call takers, whatever, they still always answer the phone and will always answer the radio when you need them to.
So call up your local dispatch center and see if they have an event planned. If not, step up and put something together.