Friday, June 08, 2007

Welcome to my world

By now you've probably heard about this guy in Paw Paw, Michigan:

He rolled his wheelchair into the path of a semi tractor. When the semi struck the wheelchair (at low speed), the wheelchair handles became lodged in the truck's grill. After a 50mph ride stuck on the front grill, the semi was pulled over by police and the Mr Wheelchair guy was rescued unharmed.

But check out the 911 calls: WGRZ story Plus 911 calls

Specifically listen to call number 3. This is the sort of caller who justifies my pay. It's also a great example of "you don't know how you are going to react during an emergency until one happens."


Anonymous said...

I hope that he remembered not to smile, it is a bugger to get the bugs out of your teeth. This is truly a sad event, however the mental image that I have, is just too much. That is why warped people like me should not be able to watch the news.
The one and only (thank Heavens) ME

smussyolay said...

i gotta tell you. i could not finish listening to the third call. i guess it's all the trauma/crisis stuff i've gone through in my life (not huge stuff, but i've developed a great sense of crisis management living in an alcoholic home), but i wanted to slap the shit out of that lady.

she doesn't know where she is!? you would have thought it was her kid. shit, you would have thought she was ON the front of the semi. i don't know. i get real calm in crisis situations. i get real business like. like here's what needs to be done to solve the problem. the first two people were concerned and a little keyed, but they didn't sound like that chick.

and (can you tell how this gets me all freaked/emotional in some weird way) the other thing that gets me so irritated with people who lose their mind is this ... you're all worried about the person? well, you are NOT HELPING them!!! by freaking your shit, you are merely being a nuisance/distraction to the people who really are trying to help. i mean, if i were that 911 dispatcher, i might have considered sending an EMT out to that lady. she sounded like she was going to have a heart attack.

my only question is this ... those calls had to have been coming in relatively at the same time ... so, aren't the dispatchers communicating with one another to know that they are receiving similiar information?

Eric said...

To answer the question, yes. The dispatchers will know it's all the same call pretty quickly. And yes, I'd have asked the lady if she wanted an ambulance for herself because she sounded like she was headed for a stroke.

But you'd be amazed how many of these kinds of callers I get. Every damn day.