Saturday, January 23, 2016

Who is that man? Coats of arms and heraldry

According to Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, “Heraldry is that science of which the rules and the laws govern the use, display, meaning, and knowledge of the pictured signs and emblems appertaining to shield, helmet, or banner.”  Fox-Davies goes on to explain that Heraldry comprises everything within the duties of a herald while Armory is heraldry (the emblems and devises).

The herald was a messenger and proclaimer. Heralds might accompany monarchs on journeys, read official notices in town squares (remember most people couldn’t read), and act as announcers at events. As their status grew, they started wearing a uniform called a tabard. Heralds even went along to war as an observer and to record details, as documented by chronicler Guillaume le Marechal in 1173 at the Battle of Drincourt in Normandy. The heralds would record the coats f arms of those nobles fighting and later, at tournaments, they would announce the combatants (as seen in the movie “A Knight’s Tale”).

Friday, January 8, 2016

nominations being accepted for annual Telecommunications awards

It's that time of the year again. The Associated Public Safety Communications Officials, International,  Inc. is accepting nominations for the following:

Don't forget to nominate someone who is deserving of these prestigious awards. We would like for nominees from our State to be presented to our Chapter so that we can recognize them as well. All nominees from our State will be put into a drawing to attend next year's Western Regional Conference which is always closer to home and full of knowledge.
Check out the APCO International's website for further details on nominee requirements
Sandra Barfield - NV APCO President
Dispatch Manager
University of NV, Las Vegas Dept of Public Safety
Las Vegas, NV

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dispatchers assistance requested for a new book

To those dispatchers who read my blog, one of the writers in a group I belong to is asking for help. If you are willing, please contact her.

On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 11:50 AM, [policewriter] <> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am in the research phase of my book: 9-1-1 Dispatchers: Inside the Lives of the Forgotten First Responders and Their Families and am conducting interviews. If you know of any police/fire/ems telecommunications operators, current or retired, please email me at

Thank you for all your help and happy writing,


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Places of magic: Circles of Stone


Places of magic, ancient astronomy or sites of pagan worship, stone circles are monuments to the Neolithic or post-Neolithic people who built them. The most famous of these architectural mysteries is Stonehenge.  These amazing feats of engineering exist in many places in the world although England seems to contain the majority of the structures. Archeologists don’t know why the circles were built but they have made guesses as to the means of transporting the massive blocks of stone. The builders might have used barges to transport the pieces from the quarries or taken advantage of pieces left behind after glaciers retreated from the areas. When rivers where not available, the stone pieces might have been placed on large logs and rolled from one to another.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

the U.S. Declaration of Independence

How true these words are and how applicable they are to this day. How many of the listed grievances apply to our elected leaders in Washington? Have you read them lately?

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.