The Dispatch ChannelJuly 21, 2006
You know when we get the happiest in dispatch? Besides when we give successful CPR instructions, or we hear the first cry of the new baby, I mean?
When America's Funniest Home Videos is on. That and Cops.
I know, who am I? Normally I have a reasonable intellect. I am not a moron. These shows don't normally suit me. Let me explain: At my last job we weren't allowed to watch TV, but here it's always on -- news in the daytime, and whatever at night. When it's busy we don't hear it or notice it, but it sure is nice when it's quiet. Every show is interrupted, of course, by routine business, as is well and good, so DVDs are good, because you can pause when the phone rings.
But I have a new theory -- there should be a 24-hour channel for emergency workers: showing Funniest Videos and Cops. They're segmented, so you never care if you watch all or part of the show, and they cheer you up. People behaving badly and animals being extremely cute. In this kind of environment, it would be perfect. We'd watch.