As everyone knows, most zones on all three watches have "regulars," that is, dispatchers who usually work those certain zones. This has been debated for years with many yeas and nays from dispatchers all the way up to management. Some have suggested that zones should keep the same dispatchers, while others have suggested that dispatchers should be rotated every week or every month/period. Judging from the comments sections, we can safely say it's an issue to officers in the field also.
In a time when officer safety seems to not be the primary concern of OEMC as it was said to be by management when many of us were first hired, we feel that this is one of the few remaining "safety" nets. "Regulars" tend to know their units by voices, know their units' work habits (workers and dogs, competents and not-so-competents), and know their areas' nooks and crannies...and "hot spots." Sure, dispatchers run the gamut from having no zone preference all the way to having a heart attack if not placed on "their zones." However, the fact remains that it is safer for officers in the field to have competent dispatchers who, if they don't know the zone, at least know the job well.
We've been fairly lenient with comments so far (and appreciate the lack of abuse). But we ask that if people choose to leave comments on this post, they refrain from using names. We'll take "Zone XX on XXX Watch." We'll even deal with "PDXX." But please, no names.