September 2, 2021
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Steve Morgan
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Ron Van Ekeren
Inspiration:
Professor’s Quote: Terry Roark
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Hanna Eslinger
Guests: Pastor Eric Feuerstein; Steve Watt; Chet Lockard
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA:
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Steve Morgan
Foundation Drawing: Don Prehoda won the $121.50 jackpot!
O’Dwyers Drawing: Keith Downey
 
Announcements:
  • Steve Morgan announced that September 16’s presentation will be a Shelter Box update.
Rotarian of the Week: Steve Morgan nominated Jamie Terry and Randi Downham for covering meetings while he was unavailable. 
 
Songs: Down by the Riverside; Edelweiss
Program: Laramie County 911 Tele-Communication, Amber Young
 
Introduction: Aimee Binning
 
Amber Young spoke about 911 call centers. The first 911 call was completed in 1968 and originally was a concept of the Fire Chief Association.
 
In Wyoming there are 34 emergency communication centers with 397 fulltime employees and 41 part-time employees.
 
Emergency Call Centers receive and dispatch calls, whereas Public Safety Answering Points receive calls and then coordinate with dispatch.
 
When a citizen calls 911, the call goes to a GPS mapping system to track the caller’s location. It then links the caller with the appropriate call center who can alert the closet first responders.
 
Call takers and dispatchers monitor radio screens across different frequencies.
 
Residents should call 911 if there is a serious illness or injury, if there is a crime in progress, or for any kind of fire. You should call dispatch for other issues.
 
Once you call, you should always stay on the line even if you made the call by mistake. If you do hang up, they will call you back or possible send someone.
 
The dispatcher will want to know who you are, where you are, and what your phone number is in case you get disconnected. They will ask different questions asked on the issue or emergency you are calling about.
 
This is a stressful job that takes a lot of public abuse, so 911 call centers are working on educating the public. They are also working on managing stress through more peer support, quiet rooms, and establishing EAPs.
 
There are a few related initiatives with 911. The NG911 uses IP protocol that supports text, photos, and video. It works on any connected device and can help them better help you. Wyoming is in the early planning stages with NG911.
 
The 911 Saves Act is a movement to reclassify these workers as essential and to be included in the First Responders Act. At this time the call center workers are classified as secretaries, but the high amount of stress, long hours, and low pay make it difficult to recruit.
 
911Der Woman initiative is training toward certification for women. IAM911 is a movement and podcast to educate laypeople about the extremely rough calls dispatchers have to deal with.
 
And, don’t forget, you can text 911!
 
Response: Ron Van Ekeren
 
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Upcoming Events:
  • District Assembly, September 18 in Cheyenne at Laramie County Community College. Members can attend for $25.
  • District Conference, June 9-11, 2022 in Lander.
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