Thursday, November 19, 2009


My friend, let's call him Nicholas, now works for 9-1-1 as a Dispatch Operator. It wasn't something he's always done. In fact, it wasn't a job he ever expected to land. The thing is, before I can tell you about his new life in Emergency Communications, I need to first tell you a little something about the man he was before.

I have chosen to tell this blog in first person. Voice impacts the way a story flows. And although this is true and acurate, I will tell the tale as if I were Nicholas.

We have all seen reality shows that deal with the-day-in-the-life-of Cops, Ambulance Rescue, and even Meter Maids.  This blog will be similar.  However, I want to point out that this blog (chronicle) will cover the first year of Nicholas' training, from classroom setting, to on the operations floor training, up to eventual certification in the Emergence Communications Department of 9-1-1. IT WILL NOT entail specifics of calls received or dispatched, due to confidentiality and privacy, but WILL include the human element, focusing on the thoughts and emotions that flood through our "main character" as he adapts to new life in a high-stress, high-energy position.

Please stop back regularly to follow along as Nicholas goes from working as an employment law paralegal, to unemployed, to 9-1-1 Dispatch Operator ... And feel free to invite friends and family along for the ride!  (Feedback/Questions are not only welcome, but encouraged!)

1 comment:

  1. Excellent and creative idea. I might have to follow along because I just landed a new job that I never expected either! Didn't even know it existed. I'm the new president of Full Spirit Magazine. Thrilled, expectant, and doing a lot of research to make sure I do a great job for them. Hmm. I think Nicholas and I have a lot in common. ;-)