In light of the gravity of the COVID-19 virus situation and the additional work and stress that will fall on our members and others in the public safety community, we are pausing our NPSTW contest. When we re-open it in the future, all stories already posted in the 2020 contest, as well as their “likes” will be maintained.
Our communication center is the hub to Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Services. These dedicated and professional dispatchers are always prepared and ready for whatever their shift may throw at them. Not only do they dispatch the helicopter and ambulances that are based here at the hospital, but they also assist …
In January, a new center manager, in February a new supervisor, two new trainers and two new trainees. Then in March, the implementation of a brand new CAD!
Our facility has been completely remodeled. We have combined Police, Fire, and 311 into one Center.
Jingles, the Elf on the Shelf, reported seeing the team of Brentwood telecommunicators celebrating with a Secret Santa, Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest and potluck.
As a start up agency this staff has worked vigilantly to ensure all are kept safe even though they do not have the technology that many other centers have.
Our county became one of the 1st (2 counties on the same day adopted resolutions) counties in New Mexico to adopt a resolution acknowledging PSTs as first responders.
While we have not yet completely staffed our center, because of their willingness to be flexible and their dedication our staff has increased significantly and all of the employees are much happier at work.
After the multi-year accreditation process, our department earned its first accreditation from CALEA on May 4, 2019. Only a few weeks later, we celebrated the completion of our $2.8 million Training Center on May 30, 2019.
On 3-8-2020 our center received a call for a mass shooting at a MC club. Our center fielded a large amount of calls during the incident and into the early hours of the morning.
The morale in our center was already very low, so losing two long term employees brought it down even more. Now, only a few short months [after a new director was hired], our center is on the road to recovery.
Deputy K9 Niki was involved in an injury accident with her handler and did not survive her injuries. Four of our more seasoned telecommunicators worked this incident.
Our communications center was struck by lightning during a storm in the summer of 2019. We had no CAD, no mapping, no phones, no radios.
We plan on moving into a new center by mid-March 2020 and will be hosting an open house during NPSTW 2020.
This year we’ve had the most staff retention of any year I’ve worked here in a decade. We started the year with only one more person than we ended it with.
Three years ago we were at our darkest place as a center and they’ve worked so hard to rebuild bonds, push themselves as leaders and create a family atmosphere that we once had.
Although we are small, what we lack in population we make up for in acreage. Our human to bovine ratio is roughly one to one, which makes for some very interesting calls.
After years and years of using a “homegrown” CAD that was designed and built by our very own IT genius, Southwest Central Dispatch has a state of the art CAD/MCT/RMS/etc!