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  • 08/20/2002
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Ab’s point about calling dispatch is a very good one…and one of the reasons why I suggested getting to know your dispatcher, rather than just calling cold.

My crew gets dispatched out of two centers; our “local” dispatch, and a “central” dispatch. Central doesn’t really want to be called, probably doesn’t have a very good idea of where we are, and cares less; anybody calling them for information about us as a crew, much less as individuals, would be wasting their time and Central’s (in their defense they do a fairly good job under a punishing call load). On the other hand, our much more lightly loaded, much smaller-town local dispatchers are most likely bored, obsessively following our actions, and more than happy to exchange any and all information and/or gossip received. I recommend spending some time in your local dispatch office…it’s incredibly informative. Dispatch can be a crew’s guardian angel or our worst nightmare.

A quote I saw on a dispatch office wall “You may know where you are, and God may know where you are, but if Dispatch doesn’t know where you are, well, you and God better be pretty good friends.”
Nerd on the Fireline

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