Not exactly sure who you are addressing your post to but let me say that not all of us here making what you make. Most dispatchers make what they make because of the overtime that is available. If you are going to attack people and their physical appearance you must not have been in the room for awhile. Dispatchers start at just over $15 an hour, paid regular risk yet suffer from PTSD as numerous PhD's haves studied and verified, they are treated like dirt not from LEO's so much but from the Fire and EMS admin and they all feel like they are the enemy to the people upstairs. So keep posting your crap and showing your a**h**e. The other poster said they weren't asking for cookies, or gifts, just a small email from those in charge would have been nice. Maybe a visit from some of these people to sit for a bit and work the radio or phones with a dispatcher to remember what it's like to deal with people who are not forthcoming with information and road units on the ems and fire side who you have to repeat crap to 5 or 6 times. See the frustration this causes the dispatcher. That would be a great example of what a leader is, instead of leading the complaint form line that constantly flows down stairs to the floor. Leaders are not those who just pass along complaints and until they start standing up for their floor members they will never be considered leaders. Attitude reflects leadership. If the floor members have poor attitudes, maybe they have poor leadership.[/quote]
Well said. A majority of Dispatchers have not asked nor do they expect gifts, food, etc. But simple recognition from their administration. But they are only worried about being yes men/women to fire/ems. The only time you see the conga line is when they come walking downstairs with a complaint that it is too loud, yelling over the railing that there are 911 calls in queue, etc. No one gets into this line of work to be rich or for the spotlight (well, almost no one) but it is nice once in a while to be told thanks or good job and that goes for any job not just communications. Someone mentioned earlier that they should have had someone send an agency wide email about this week, funny dont you think the administration of that division would have done that, nope it had to come from someone else outside the division. The gripes i see on here from people inside communications has nothing to do with the road, other divisions, etc but with the administration of communications in general. There is such a disconnect with them its not even funny, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and the dispatchers are caught in the middle. I'm happy to say my group sent stuff up with a thank you, because they won't see it from their admin.