"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives. Summer is the time for squabbles. In winter, we must protect one another, keep each other warm, share our strengths".
Lord Eddard Stark - A Game of Thrones
These words are never more true in the dispatch environment. We all have very strong Type A personalities. We like to do things ourselves, we work well alone. We are perfectionists. We can be impatient. We are competitive. We can be nit-picky and we can squabble with the best of them.
Though these traits are very true for most of us, we are the most compassionate and loving of individuals. We are the first to help out a friend when they need it. We always have each others backs when we need it.
As you sit next to your co-worker in the days to come, when the calls are constantly coming in with no end in site, there is that one call or radio traffic that makes your heart race and fall to the pit of your stomach, or you are just having a bad day, be a member of the pack and not the lone wolf. Build each other up. Keep each other warm, protect one another, where you are weak, another is strong. Share your strengths. Be there for one another. It is amazing how far a kind word, an unexpected smile, or a pat on the back saying you handled that well, will go.
Be open to constructive criticism. Strive to learn something new every day. That is what makes our jobs exciting! The frauds, lockouts, and public assists can become tedious, but there is always THAT call that is so far from tedious that it really makes you think. It puts all of your training to work. It is for those callers that we do this! Those moments are what makes this job fun!