Marcy Bristor, Deputy Director of Sumner County 911, has been busy in recent days educating high school seniors in Sumner County about what her dispatchers do.  She said she was at Wellington High School on Tuesday.  From there, she will be in South Haven Thursday, and Conway Springs on Friday.  
“We’ve been reaching out to high school seniors to let them know what it takes.  They need to be either a high school graduate or have a GED, be at least eighteen years old, and have no criminal history to begin the process.”
According to Marcy, the dispatch center has sixteen full-time dispatcher, including the TAC Officer who helps out.  There is also one part-time dispatcher.  “The shifts are eight-hour, unless someone calls in.  In that case, the shift could last up to twelve hours.  We usually have two people on shift.  Ideally, we have three.”
She went on to say that “I go to high school and talk to the seniors, the shifts, and explain the benefits, the pay, the basics, the positives.  I go into the kinds of calls they are exposed to, the effects they can have, and the PTSD.  I go into the programs we have to handle that.”
She emphasized, “It’s not all sunshine.  It’s a real business.  We work holidays and weekends.  We cover all the good, bad, and ugly.”
However, she made sure to mention the positives, too, such as “when you are successful at helping someone, like CPR saving someone.  I just want to let them know what a rewarding career it is.”
Marcy has been with Sumner County 911 for twenty-four years now.  She said she “was part of the original crew that started here.”  
She has a strong family background in emergency services.  “My parents were EMS/Fire.  My husband was a deputy.  My brother was a reserve officer.”