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Johnson County, Kansas Installs Treadmill Desks for 9-1-1 dispatchers

Date: 2014-01-12
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Via fox4kc.com

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The Johnson County Communication Center in Olathe, Kansas, has added four treadmill desks for 9-1-1 dispatchers, so dispatchers dealing with 9-1-1 calls can relieve some of that stress.

“We don’t really get a lot of breaks to get up and walk around. We’re pretty much stuck at our consoles,” said Heather Beabout, who has been a dispatcher for about eight years.

The treadmills move as fast as two miles per hour. The dispatchers can slow them down or step off of them if they get too busy or distracted.

“It takes a little bit to get used to walking and typing, but it’s a pretty quick learning curve for most people,” Heather said.

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- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Fox4kc, 1/8/14)

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