Between their unique staffing model and tendency to work in rural areas, volunteer fire departments face many challenges unique among first responder agencies — and on-demand training’s strengths are perfectly suited to overcome them.
With an abundance of jobs and an increasingly optimistic outlook, the EMS industry’s growth shows no signs of slowing. In fact, most projections have this growth continuing into the mid-2020s. As the industry grapples with the ups and downs of protracted growth, cloud-based training management tools will prove an increasingly useful ally for the growing size and complexity of your organization.
In late 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) quietly unveiled a project named AUDREY, otherwise known as the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis. Combined with NASA’s sterling public image, the experimental technology’s lofty goal and cutting-edge approach […]
For fire departments, change has become a way of life. Spurred by safer structures and a drastic reduction in fire calls, departments have continuously adapted in recent decades—a trend which projects to continue for years to come.
Firefighter cancer rates can be up to twice as high as those experienced by the average U.S. worker, and a Cancer Firefighter Support Network study shows that with every five degree increase in skin temperature, absorption of dangerous chemicals increases by 400%. Therefore, it's critical for firefighters to track their exposure to extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, and hazardous conditions. Using this exposure information to show probabilities of future health issues can be key to the early intervention that may prolong the lives and careers of firefighters.
Learn how to reduce your legal risks, as John Murphy, Deputy Fire Chief (Ret.) and attorney, discusses the need for comprehensive and safe training, along with best practices in documenting training events.
For first response organization, a training management system (TMS) encompasses a lot more than training. Choosing an upgrade means choosing a system that can add efficiency, flexibility, and utility to multiple arms of the organization—especially when that platform is as powerful and versatile as the Acadis® Readiness Suite, Envisage’s flagship system. Read on for just ten of many reasons Acadis is the TMS for your agency’s future.
Online training has continually evolved since its inception, and on-demand delivery has seen particular improvement in recent years. The format boasts significant benefits over classroom-based courses and instructor-led online modules, making it a critical part of the agency’s larger training efforts—and a quick way to standardize and improve the education personnel receive.
For public and private organizations, overcoming so-called “information silos” (practices and policies that inhibit efficient information sharing) is a major concern. In first response, where documentation is heavy and digital systems often serve as islands unto themselves, the sense of urgency is even greater. Acadis, a Training Management System (TMS) designed to streamline and automate training processes, can help responder agencies overcome an area of response work fraught with “siloized” information—especially when used alongside its suite of powerful modules.
As a training coordinator, time can be an asset or a hurdle. Your ability to manage it effectively will largely decide which.