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The JCast Podcast featuring Within The Trenches is a show that will feature 9-1-1 stories from the dispatcher's who lived it.
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Hello there! My name is Ricardo Martinez II and I’m a 9-1-1 supervisor. What does a 9-1-1 supervisor do? Well, I do it all. Along with my co-workers, I work the line which consists of taking 9-1-1 calls, non-emergency calls, work the radio for EMS, Police, and Fire, and I run warrant checks, license checks and more. There’s a lot more to what I do though. When you call 9-1-1 I’m the first one to answer the call of service. Before you ever see the police, ems, or fire department, my voice is the first thing you hear. When you have a crisis I’m the first one to talk you through it. If a loved one needs CPR or is in labor, I’m the one who is there to talk you through the procedure until help arrives.

There is a lot that I do but I’m not just a voice. I have taken almost every type of call you can think of and I have a story. My fellow dispatchers and those who work within the field of emergency services have a story. This is the basis of my Kickstarter project. Over the past eight months I have produced news stories for my Masters program and they were posted on my blog. They included the Color Run that was held in Grand Rapids, MI, the Street Performer Series in Holland, MI, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI, and finally the Emergency Services Series. This series included mini stories that revolved around a local K-9 Unit, EMS, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 dispatch. The point of this series was to give the public an inside look into what these people do.

This Kickstarter project will do just that. The project will consist of a podcast where I will sit down with three other people who work within the field of emergency services and have them tell you, the listeners, their story. It’s a way for us to open up about our experiences and allow you to get another angle of the story. This will be about how we feel, what brought us to this profession, and why we do what we do. This is a project that I have wanted to do for a long time. I started with a video a couple years ago. It was an assignment for a class on digital storytelling and it featured the stories of two of my co-workers. Their story was not only interesting but it gave the public a taste of what we go through as dispatchers. I want to continue this project.

In order to do this I need your help. I am trying to raise $1,500.00 in order to buy the equipment needed to make this series a reality. The money would buy four microphones, headsets, a mixer, headphone amp, call-in monitor, and a producer license with Ustream. Each episode would be recorded and streamed live over Ustream as a weekly podcast. Within Ustream, those who are listening would be able to chat with us and we would engage the audience in order to make it interactive. If the show were to grow in popularity I would spring for a couple cams so that it would be more than just audio. As of right now though, I am only looking to make this an audio podcast with a live stream over Ustream. 

I want to thank you very much for reading and for your consideration in helping make this project come to life. For a sample on what the show would be about I have added an audio clip that tells a survival story of one of my fellow dispatchers. This audio clip alone is what I want this project to be about. I want to tell our story about work, our life, and what we go through.

Thank you

Risks and challenges

With every project there are risks and challenges. In the case of this project I feel that the challenges comes from faulty equipment or a slow Internet connection that would lead to a delay in the live stream. There may also be the chance that some interviewee’s would back out of the show at the last minute and I would be left trying to figure out what to do for that episode.

In order to overcome this I would have other interviewee’s on stand by in case someone were to back out and the show would be recorded so that even though it was not done live, the show would be posted for all to hear and comment on. Every challenge and risk will be looked over and dealt with. No show is perfect.

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    If you pledge $5 you will get a Within the Trenches sticker and a "Thank You" on the sponsor page.

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    If you pledge $10 you will get a Thank You on our sponsor page as well as mug with the Within The Trenches logo on it or a Diaper Wars logo which will be a new show coming soon. There are 10 mugs total but 5 are Within The Trenches and 5 are Diaper Wars.

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    If you pledge $25 you will get a "Thank You" on our sponsor page, a shirt with the Within The Trenches logo on it. All sizes are available (just mention a size). And you will also get a mention in one of the episodes.

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    If you pledge $100 you will be mentioned in an episode of the show, a "Thank You" on the sponsor page and business card graphic design services. (This does not include printing. Only the custom design.)

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    If you pledge $100 you will get a "Thank You" on the sponsor page, an ad spot for a week on Jabber Log as well as a guest appearance on a future episode of Within the Trenches either through Skype, landline or if you're local, sit in on the panel to ask questions directly. (Ads on Jabber Log and guest spots will be on a first come first serve basis for scheduling purposes.)

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    If you pledge $700 you will be given a "Thank You" on the sponsor page, a mention in an episode of the show as well as a basic, fully designed 7-page website. This will take between 4-6 weeks to design and code but is a steal compared to what is being charged right now.

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