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Scanning - Overheard on a Dark and Very Busy Dispatcher's Night

Author: Randall D. Larson, Editor, 9-1-1 Magazine

Copyright: 9-1-1 Magazine, Feature Content

Date: 2012-04-07
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Originally Published in our May 2003 issue.

“Six-One-Charley-Five, respond on a domestic disturbance.  Report of a male beating a woman with a …”

*squelch*

“… rabid ferret, last seen in caller’s back yard, on top of a …”

*squelch*

“… bald-headed man, carrying a pair of tin snips.  After the assault, he was last seen running westbound…”

*squelch*

 “through the peephole.  She’s afraid to open the door, but she can see him.  The subject appears to be passed out on the …”

*squelch*

“… railroad crossings arms.  Caller reports they are in the down position but there is no train …”

*squelch*

“… stuck up in the tree.   She is asking for help to get the cat down before it …”

*squelch*

“…expires on his next birthday.  There is a record of an earlier suspension but no current DUI priors.  No known scars, marks, or tattoos, but he…”

*squelch*

“…lands on Runway 30-L in about fifteen minutes.  Pilot reports a faulty hydraulic indicator.  All units stage at …”

*squelch*

“… a strip club downtown.  Caller did not know its name but said a woman he met there stole his wallet and also his…”

*squelch*

“… severe case of acne.  Suspect also walks with a limp and spoke with a noticeable …”

*squelch*

“… scream.  No one was seen but it sounded like a female and it came from the park across the street from the caller’s …”

*squelch*

“… bleeding wound.  Subject is not being cooperative to the calltaker and won’t say how it happened, although he said the suspects…”

*squelch*

“… exploded somewhere in the woods behind his house.  No smoke or flames seen, but the caller says there is a smell of …”

*squelch*

“… money being thrown out of the car.  Pursuit is heading our way and S.O. requests we set up at the …”

*squelch*

“… broken sewage line, contents running out into the street and causing a …”

*squelch*

“… meteor shower.  Groups are congregating on the road leading to the Observatory and blocking the roadway… “

*squelch*

“… with minestrone.  The suspect evidently threatened to assault the victim with wet …”

*squelch*

 “… music at an extreme volume.  Caller doesn’t know if it is …”

*squelch*

 “… on fire at this time.  The dumpster has a chemical placard and may contain …”

*squelch*

“… an angry group of teens, who were last seen on Evergreen Terrace.  Caller believes they live in a small …”

*squelch*

“…box of matches.  The j’s are not known to the neighborhood, and have been described as nine or …”

*squelch*

“… ten-four.  Six-One-Charley-Five, show me en route.”

“Copy.  Thank you Six-One-Charley-Five.  You’ll be clear Code-7 after that.”

*squelch*

 

For all we deal with - celebrate National Telecommunicator’s Week.

 

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Posted by: donirving
Date: 2012-06-16 22:00:33
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Hilarious Randall, I think I heard that call. :)

 
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