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You know you've been working dispatch too long when…

Between the 'regular' callers, the inaudible mumblers, the complete lack of useful information-givers, and the real-life bone-chilling emergencies, dispatchers have heard and dealt with it all, and like police officers, no one can quite relate to the stresses of the job better than their peers.  So what are the tell-tale signs that you’re a seasoned dispatcher?


http://ems.pgpic.com/1.gifYou can understand three different conversations at a restaurant taking place at the same time. — Travis Bell

http://ems.pgpic.com/2.gifWhen you are off and still using 10-codes in regular conversation — Savana Hyde

http://ems.pgpic.com/3.gifWhen you give the time after you leave someone a voicemail. — Mistie Lamb

http://ems.pgpic.com/4.gifWhen you go to take a nap on your lunch break and you dream about dispatching — Letta Baer

http://ems.pgpic.com/5.gifWhen you know the address, phone number, and name of your regular [callers] by heart. — Monique Aurielle Rachal

http://ems.pgpic.com/6.gifYou automatically grant lunch to that officer that always requests it at the same time everyday right down to the nanosecond before he asks for it. — Sambath Ou

http://ems.pgpic.com/7.gifWhen you have every call nature code memorized! — Mike Calvillo

http://ems.pgpic.com/8.gifYou answer the phone ‘911 dispatch’ when you’re at home — Patricia Harrison

http://ems.pgpic.com/9.gifWhen you hear a random office phone ring and you twitch for a split second thinking you have to answer it.  — Arturo Lopez

http://ems.pgpic.com/10.gifWhen you know you hear officers talking in public before you actually see them. —​ Amber Olson

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