What superpowers do public safety telecommunicators have?
If it qualifies as a ‘superpower’ a dispatcher sure has it!
Multitasking (check- no explanation needed)
Active listening (check- we hear what is loud, sometimes even paralyzing noises, but then we can hear those miniscule voices and sounds that make all the difference)
Invisibility (check- especially when you have to bring the portable into the bathroom with you and leave your console unattended)
Super Strength (check- lifting up your coworkers and complete strangers)
Ultimate Linguist (check- from understanding panicked toddlers, the scared little old ladies, terror stricken adults, and grown adults totting a gun and shiny badges that still do not understand where to hold a microphone for proper communication)
Telepathy (check- come on we are pros!)
Time travel (check- it’s like we never leave!! In the blink of an eye you are off and back on duty before anyone ever even knows you are gone!)
Shapeshifting (check- on any given day you are a babysitter, mother, nurse, negotiator, referee, detective, social worker, teacher, do I even need to go on?)
Agility (check- I mean how else can you explain opening doors, answering multiple phones, keying up radios, and writing down important information at the same time)
Heat ray vision/ Magic (check/ check- you know your food that gets heated up 4+ times then you magically inhale the provisions and you can almost believe that it was hot in the first place!)
Superhuman tracking (check- well thank goodness for modern technology for GPS)
Freezing (check- we all have at least that one dispatcher that is a pro a freezing out the rest of the office)
Empathy (check- what I think is the greatest power we all have towards ourselves, coworkers, and the public)
What superpowers do you WISH you had?
I have been dispatching for almost 8 years and the superpower I wish for most is to be able to repair crystal balls or obtain a working crystal ball! 🙂
For as long as I can remember, dispatchers have been in need of this mind-reading apparatus to help citizens and sometimes even our own.
It has always been a running joke in the agencies I have worked at that answers would come much easier if we had a crystal ball to see into the future or to read the minds of those around us.