And it took off. Facebook, Twitter... it was widespread and even other countries joined in and shared their stories. Reading through the hashtag on twitter is so moving, even with me being an emergency dispatcher and living the life.
There have been a select few that say that what we are doing is putting down clerical work. We aren't. We're just trying to show how different it is.
Before I was a dispatcher, I was in administrative/clerical work for years - and all kinds of clerical work. Data entry to registrar, administrative assistant to receptionist. It was hard work. Stressful, even, some days. But it has no comparison to what I do now.
Having emergency dispatchers from all around share their stories is fantastic. But there's another thing that we need everyone to do. Wether you are an emergency dispatcher or a not, it's your turn to help us.
APCO International has made it very easy to send your message and take action. A couple minutes of your time. Today. The #IAM911 movement will still continue, but the OMB is only accepting public comments through tomorrow.
Emergency dispatchers help countless people every shift, without knowing who they are and without prejudice. Now we need your help.