Shift Change.

For the past eight months, I have worked a more "normal" schedule - working from 7am to 3pm.

But, the world of 9-1-1 is a 24 hour need, and therefore requires many shifts to provide accurate coverage for the citizens that it is our duty to serve and protect.

Two days ago was the start to our next "trimester", and because of some changes here at home, I needed to switch shifts to the 3pm to 11pm shift. For many years the "midwatch" shift was my favorite. Things change. Time and tide stand still for no one. So now, it is with trepidation that I move to my former "favorite" shift.

I bet you are asking why I am blathering on about this shift change. Well, I am letting my readers know this because in the past eight months, my entries would be posted in the evenings (after 3pm). Now, you will find my postings occur in the mornings (before 3pm) - Unless of course it is my day off...


  1. Hi David -
    Found your profile at the Bloomington web cafe site. I'm "C4d" on the web cafe.

    I'm a volunteer BFD member and was out on that 494 RV Fire yesterday. I've gotten to know many of the dispatchers voices on the radio - now you've got me wondering which voice is yours...

    Thanks for doing a good job - you all are very professional. Although sometimes my wife and I get a chuckle out of some of your calls. I know you're not supposed to be excited, but... I remember one night there was a vehicle fire next to a garage. Engines were rolling, and then the dispatcher got on the radio and said in a not so enthusiastic and uninterested tone, "*Now* the garage is on fire." I can still hear it in my head and chuckle out loud.

    If you ever hear Engine, Brush, or Ladder 4 rolling, it might be me on the other side of the radio.

  2. Hello C4d.

    I was not working yesterday, and missed working a RV fire on 494.

    I my voice is a bit "nasely" and on the evening fire test, I always end it with "And last but not least", or "and finally" when toning out Station 6. I always add the "have a good evening everyone" at the end.

    Stop up sometime... You firefighters are always welcome!

    If you look at my Blogging friends (linked on the main page) you will find the King of Clubs. He is also a member of BFD!

    So, I would imagine you know Bill, Ken (Meat), and of course my supervisor Chief 4 - All members of BFD and co-workers of mine!

    Thanks for the kind words. It is both a pleasure and an honor to do what I do for you guys out in the field. You all have my unweilding respect! Keep up the great work!

    I'll listen for the Station 4 calls then!

    Welcome to both my blog and the Bloomington Web Cafe - both great places!!



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