Choosing a TMS: The Hidden Risks of Choosing “Generic” Software

Generic software is simple to use and built for a broad number of potential use cases, but that does not make it the best choice when choosing a training management system (TMS). The unique needs of public-sector organizations are best met by software built to serve the industry—a fact that holds both in the field and in the courtroom, where a lack of effective documentation can bring down even the most stringent training policies. This whitepaper will discuss the hidden and not-so-hidden downsides of “going generic” when considering a TMS by contrasting their value against purpose-built solutions, with topics that touch several aspects of first-response life: fieldwork, cybersecurity, certification, and learning exercises, among others.

Gender in First Response: How Biology and Physiology Shape Male and Female Responders

Gender politics project a considerable presence in most of the working world. So too do ills associated with gender, like sexual harassment and discrimination. The resultant effect is especially pronounced in historically male-dominated fields such as first response, where biases in hiring and testing practices have contributed to an ongoing, undeniable gender gap. Physiological, mental, and societal differences between males and females may further contribute, as can the broad, often volatile range of opinions surrounding gender issues. This paper will explore the biological and societal aspect of first response’s gender gap, reflecting on scientific research, statistical analysis, and real-world examples to provide context and factual basis; it will then discuss the benefits of a gender-aware approach to the hiring and continued employment of first responders of both genders.

Envisage Releases Latest Feature-Rich Update of Acadis Readiness Suite

Envisage Technologies, the leading provider of law enforcement and public safety training and compliance solutions, recently launched a significant update to their Acadis Readiness Suite training management software. This update enhances and adds new functionality that automates training assignments based on career roles, Workflow support for training operations, and marks the launch of the new Acadis Accounting module.

Cross Training: The Risks and Rewards of Consolidating First Responder Skills

As those who work within the fire, law enforcement, and EMS fields know, there is very little middle ground between those who favor cross training—often referred to as “consolidation,” or the act of training one professional group with some combination of the other two groups’ skills—and those who oppose it. Voices on both sides of this debate make cogent points. Though the practice has recently come into vogue as a cost-cutting measure, communities may also utilize it as a talent- or staffing-optimization tool, among other uses. However, several potential risk factors and the need for a highly tailored deployment make initial success anything but guaranteed. The purpose of this report is to provide an objective overview on the topic, including relevant facts, comparison of success and failures, and takes on the opinions first responders have expressed regarding this contentious topic.

Indiana State Police Selects Acadis Readiness Suite for Training and Certification Management

Envisage Technologies announced today that it has been awarded a new contract by the Indiana State Police. Acadis will support legally defensible training and certification records for ISP’s 1,350 sworn law enforcement officers.

Spoliation: Why Even the Worst Training Records Are Better than No Records at All

Failure to manage training records correctly cannot only upend a department's ability to defend itself from criminal and civil claims, but can subject it to claims of spoliation. As the definition and consequences of spoliation continue to broaden, departments must ensure that their records management policies and systems are capable of providing them with the necessary layer of legal defensibility.

State of California Awards New Contract to Indiana-Based Envisage Technologies

Envisage Technologies announced today that it has been awarded a new contract by the State of California’s Department of State Hospitals (DSH). As part of the contract, Envisage will implement the Acadis® Readiness Suite to replace DSH’s legacy training management system for their law enforcement division.

Private-Industry Management & Training Corporation Selects Acadis® Readiness Suite for Training Management

Envisage Technologies announced today that it has been chosen by private-industry Management & Training Corporation (MTC) to implement the Acadis® Readiness Suite to replace their legacy training management systems for their corrections division.

Incident commander: increase effectiveness and efficiency through combined response

For some first responders, readiness means that everyone has completed all applicable training and certifications. For others, readiness is a team that is fully equipped with the tools and resources needed to fulfill their duties. From initial response to large scale incident management, the estimable readiness of personnel and equipment is always at the forefront of the commander’s mind.

Envisage Launches Acadis® Mobile for High Stakes Testing

Envisage Technologies, creators of the Acadis® Readiness Suite—a software solution built to manage the complex training operations for first responder communities—announced today that they have begun offering a mobile application for Apple mobile devices. Acadis Mobile is available for download from the App Store.