Topic: Welcome Message

Welcome Message from the Editor-in-Chief

Since our last issue was released in early January 2021, we have moved into a new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic—one of great promise, but also new dangers. It has been said by numerous epidemiological experts that we are now in a race to vaccinate enough of the population to stem the disease spread, before new and more potent virus variants threaten to ravage the world. Weathering more than a year of this pandemic makes it truly remarkable that so many dispatch agencies continue to perform at...

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Welcome Message from the Editor-in-Chief

As we begin a new year and close the books on 2020, uncertainty, disruption, and stressful conditions continue all around us. Public safety and public health services have been pushed to their extremes throughout much of the last year. The fallout from this extended effort, with all its accompanying tension and strain, will surely be studied for years to come. Yet even before this current crisis existed, emergency telecommunicators faced many challenges. In this issue, two groups of...

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Welcome Message from the Editor-in-Chief

So far, it’s been a year like no other—and that has been especially true for emergency dispatch agencies and the responders for which they dispatch. While the COVID-19 outbreak is far from over, it appears that emergency services and public safety agencies have adjusted to our new normal quite effectively—albeit still with much uncertainty about the future. In coming issues, we expect to publish more on the pandemic as new research is completed and more cases of interest become available....

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Welcome Message from the Editor-in-Chief

In gem cutting, a “facet” is one of the cut faces that causes the gem to shine and sparkle. But facets don’t just reflect light. In the words of the International Gem Society, facets “control the entry and exit of light” from the gem. In other words, cutting a new facet—seeing or finding a new angle on the stone—allows the viewer to literally see further into its depths. It’s an enchanting idea, and one that, surprisingly enough, applies to this issue of AEDR. In 2013, in the second issue ever...

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Welcome Message from the Editor-in-Chief

Emergency dispatchers are no strangers to misunderstandings about what they do. Even the U.S. government classifies emergency dispatchers as “clerks,” rather than as the protective service professionals they are. In research on emergency dispatch, we see plenty of misunderstanding as well. Mostly, it comes in the form of narrowed focus. When people talk about emergency dispatch research, they generally mean they’re studying one of two things times or cardiac arrests. The vast majority of...

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