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Any dispatchers out there?

Discussion in 'Military & Emergency Services' started by Freida, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. Freida

    Freida Been There, Done That, Lived to Tell the Story Premium Member

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    Done done. Done. Can't handle one more call from the child who found her mom hanging in the garage, or the elderly lady trying to do CPR or one more officer screaming for help. It's been all over the news... 6 dead in two days. Are you as tired if it as I am? So why can't I cry?
     
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  3. brokenEMT

    brokenEMT Well-Known Member

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    I was a dispatcher before becoming an emt. Sending support your way.
     
  4. Freida

    Freida Been There, Done That, Lived to Tell the Story Premium Member

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    Thanks! I was having a tough night and then I made the mistake of watching the news...which I know is a bad combo.
     
  5. woundedmind

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    I was a fire dispatcher/911 call taker with a very large poplulation county (Los Angeles County) in the state of California, USA, although I don't attribute my CPTSD from there but some things that happened there didn't help and for a while hearing a standard ringtone from old fashioned phones made feel as if someone dying was on the other end of the line every time and caused a feeling of dread.
     
  6. Freida

    Freida Been There, Done That, Lived to Tell the Story Premium Member

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    Yep -- that's it exactly. My ptsd comes from my military stint -- and I couldn't have picked a worse career field to go into afterwards. Talk about compartmentalizing!
     
  7. loui50

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    I was a dispatcher before becoming a cop. It was a long bad road to travel. My PTSD is from my cop days, but I think dispatching contributed too.
     
  8. Freida

    Freida Been There, Done That, Lived to Tell the Story Premium Member

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    yiikes! that's a double whammy....:eek::(
     
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