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(Yahoo)   Inexperienced kayaker calls 911 to help stranded friend. 911 dispatcher calls her own mom to the rescue   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 6
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2013-04-02 10:59:10 PM
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Followup: 911 dispatcher fired for violating company policy and sending someone other than trained medical personnel to deal with an emergency.
2013-04-03 01:14:02 AM
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Kaiku: Followup: 911 dispatcher fired for violating company policy and sending someone other than trained medical personnel to deal with an emergency.


Sometimes non-official people are the best choice... Whne I worked at the North Rim, we had a couple come to the front desk one night. They had driven from the South Rim, and their son and his family were doing a rim-to-rim hike. They should have been out by 6 om or so, and it was already 11 pm, with no word from the family. Rangers said that they would have to wait until the family was at least 12 hours late, so they couldn't do anything until 6 am at the earliest. My friend told them that she would go down the canyon and see what she could find. She came and found me, and we headed down about midnight with flashlights, water, some electrolyte powder(called Gookinaid), food and blankets. After hiking down for about half an hour, we saw lights and figured out these were the missing people. They were exhausted and absolutely wiped out. They may not have made it much farther. They had plenty of water and some food, but nothing for a hike, no trail mix, granola, nothing like that. The Gookinaid was good, because no matter what the "experts" tell you about energy drinks, water alone isn't always enough. You sweat out needed salts, and electrolyte powder restores those.

We sat with these people for half an hour on the trail. It was mom, dad, and two kids, maybe 10 and 12, all 'safe' to make this hike. They had done everything right, it's just the people on the other side who gave them shiatty advice on how to stock up.

Anyway, we eventually took all of their packs and started back up. What took us 1/2 an hour to get down took us 2 1/2 hours to get back up. We got the people home and were asleep ourselves hours before the Rangers would have even started. The family was excited, they sent us a camera and a couple of $75 gift cards, as well as a wonderful letter. We got in no trouble, and became mini-celebs amongst the rest of the staff. The Rangers even told us that we'd done a good job.

That family would have survived the night, but it wouldn't have been pretty, they'd have been dangerously exhausted, and the kids would have been terrified(As well as Grandma and Grandpa). Instead of waiting for the wheels of regulation to turn, my friend and I got to get off our asses and do a good deed. It felt great. Besides, it's actually a wonderful time to hike in the Grand Canyon. Knowing what's out there, but not able to see any of it is actually a cool feeling.

And I HIGHLY recommend the Gookinaid, especially for hiking in the deserts where you sweat like crazy just contemplating starting out on your trip.
2013-04-03 10:43:24 AM
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spickus: lack of warmth: Cool story.  I like to try kayaking, but I am not sure if I can do the ever important life saving roll.  Till then, I have to stick with the sit on top kayaks and canoes.

Just perform a wet exit until you've perfected your roll.


If you take any kind of instruction, the wet exit is the first thing they teach you. The second thing is the assisted entry. Until you learn the unassisted entry you should never go on the water by yourself unless you will be staying close enough to shore to go to shallow water to get yourself back in. You don't need to know how to roll to really enjoy kayaking, just get out there!
2013-04-03 12:13:55 AM
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No flotation in the kayak? You better believe that's a paddlin'. /They're both lucky to not be Darwin recipients. River kayaking without people in the group competent enough to rescue each other is asking for this sort of thing or worse.
2013-04-02 11:51:10 PM
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MontanaDave: Kaiku: Followup: 911 dispatcher fired for violating company policy and sending someone other than trained medical personnel to deal with an emergency.

I'm afraid it will be this.


In Cathlamet? Not going to happen. This isn't some Nancy-boy nanny-state part of the country your talking about. Bootstraps, people. Bootstraps.
GBB [TotalFark]
2013-04-02 11:26:44 PM
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Kaiku: Followup: 911 dispatcher fired for violating company policy and sending someone other than trained medical personnel to deal with an emergency.


Difference between a bad dispatcher and a good dispatcher: knowing and following proper procedures and protocols.
Difference between a good dispatcher and a great dispatcher: knowing when to ignore proper procedures and protocols and actually help people.
Difference between a great dispatcher and a fired dispatcher: public relations/reactions.
 
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