A group of new IAED Instructors discuss their experiences taking the EMD and EFD Instructor courses. They talk about their street experience in emergency response, things that surprised them as they’ve begun to teach, and advice for other people thinking about applying.
Michelle Vetter, Senior Public Safety Telecommunicator with Morris County Communications in New Jersey, Deborah McCombs, Emergency Calltaker III with Prince George’s County in Maryland, Matthew Foletti, an officer with the Met Police in London, and David Emerson, a senior clinician in Australia, discuss their experiences taking the EMD and EPD Instructor courses. They talk about their street experience in emergency response, things that surprised them as they’ve begun to teach, and advice for other people thinking about applying.
Eric Fayad, the Associate Director of Instructor Services, discusses the Academy side of the IAED’s Instructor Academy—how it works, who’s eligible, and the kind of effort required to become a full-fledged instructor.
Jim Marshall and Jason Scott with the 911 Training Institute return to talk about Emergency Mental Health Dispatching (EMHD) and Medical Priority Dispatch System Protocol 41: Caller in Crisis. They discuss the vast, untapped humanity that Emergency Dispatchers have to offer and the importance of adequately supporting those taking calls.
Cait Welch, a Quality Assurance Officer and Coordinator at Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, discusses the flexibility of the Police Priority Dispatch System (PPDS). After all, your center’s needs are as unique as the area and people you serve. She talks about Jurisdictionally Approved Questions and Instructions, the Admin Utility, local definitions, how to interrupt professionally, and obvious questions.
Lori Henricksen, BX3 Public Safety owner and training consultant and creator of the Emergency Telecommunications Program at VTCTA, and Lily Petersen, former student of the program and current communications specialist supervisor at the Las Vegas Combined Communications Center, discuss the benefits of providing high school students with career technical education (CTE) in emergency dispatching.
Matthew Huddle, an emergency dispatcher with over 15 years of experience in Fire and EMS dispatch and over 20 years of firefighting experience with the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department, discusses the role of the Emergency Fire Dispatcher (EFD) in violent incidents. He covers the varying definitions of “violence,” the role of premise history, and the EFD’s need to cultivate active listening skills.