Abâ€™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 â€œlocalâ€ dispatch, and a â€œcentralâ€ dispatch. Central doesnâ€™t really want to be called, probably doesnâ€™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 Centralâ€™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…itâ€™s incredibly informative. Dispatch can be a crewâ€™s guardian angel or our worst nightmare.
A quote I saw on a dispatch office wall â€œYou may know where you are, and God may know where you are, but if Dispatch doesnâ€™t know where you are, well, you and God better be pretty good friends.â€
Nerd on the Fireline