I used to eat, sleep and drink my job as a dispatcher. I lived with a total commitment to the job. Towards the end of my run, I also became very involved in the emergency management end of it and lucky for me, the EM director thought I had a lot of potential and taught me everything I could manage to soak in. In my memory he is still one of my favorite people…ever. The theory is very complicated but the take away is teaching and learning and working with police, fire and EMS agencies to handle critical incidents and my job was to learn their protocols so I could take it back to the 911 dispatchers. Dispatchers understanding the reason for procedures in the field just enhances their ability to be the connection to all of these agencies out in the field.
Another of my very favorite EMS people was Wendy…she was a mover and shaker with one of the small town fire/EMS departments. We didn’t immediately hit it off. It was a learning curve. She was also very dedicated and also as a hospital RN, I always felt she ran herself pretty thin. Over time, we developed a good working relationship and I learned to respect her perspective of her job and vise Versa.
I’ve just learned with the rest of Facebook world that she is sick…the chemo kind of sick. We were never let’s-have-coffee friends and we don’t keep in touch…but this one hit me hard. These are the kind of people that work behind the scenes to make our life better when we need them. I believe most people don’t really give a second thought to these people…dispatchers, police, fire, ambulance and all of the other nameless, faceless people in our lives that are there when we need them.
I needed some perspective today on what the important things and who the important people are. AS far as Wendy…she’s a fighter….and I have her back with all the positive energy I can send!