Chantilly, VA – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Envisage Technologies have launched a strategic partnership to support the IAFC’s Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System. This partnership will help maintain a safe and accessible platform where fire service personnel who have encountered dangerous situations can share their experiences online to help educate other first responders.
The IAFC developed the program in 2005 to provide an integrated learning environment that helps fire department personnel turn shared lessons learned into actions that are applied. Through the program, firefighters and EMS personnel can share their near-miss experiences in the field in a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive, and secure way. They can also find training resources gleaned from the collected real-world experiences that help responders apply lessons learned and leading safety practices in their own departments.
Lending its technical expertise and support to boost the Near Miss Reporting System is a natural fit for Envisage, which since 2001 has been building public safety software to facilitate clear communication, continuing education and comprehensive recordkeeping for fire departments and other emergency personnel. Envisage’s FirstForward® is an online platform built exclusively for fire service personnel and other first responders. A free account on FirstForward provides access to more than 700 courses, online exposure tracking, and an easy way to document training and certifications.
The company sees the Near Miss Reporting System as another valuable tool for first responders to access the information they need to enhance safety and success in the field. “Envisage supports the IAFC because of the vital work they do to lead, educate, and serve the fire and emergency service,” Envisage CEO Ari Vidali said. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the IAFC to help firefighters and other emergency responders protect lives, property, and their own safety.”
Envisage also welcomes the opportunity to promote the IAFC’s mission as a Five Bugle partner. Five Bugle partners are companies that support IAFC at the highest level of its Bugle Program through sponsorships and other assistance to support the fire service and its first responders. Their support helps the IAFC provide training, education, news, and member resources to advance the fire and emergency service.
About Envisage Technologies: Envisage was founded in 2001 to automate the complex training operations for first responders, law enforcement, and the military. We create solutions that make our world a safer place. Our mission is to improve the readiness of our nation’s public safety professionals to ensure they come home alive. The company’s Acadis training and compliance software platform leads the industry, serving over 1.7 million first responders across 9,800 public safety organizations, including federal, state and local agencies. Our clients include federal law enforcement agencies, including the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, and many state law enforcement and public safety organizations.
About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.
About FirstForward: FirstForward provides critical news and enables the lifelong learning that public safety personnel need to ensure their careers reach retirement. FirstForward maintains the complete training history of courses completed on the site and provides a forum for industry professionals and experts to discuss best practices and the latest public safety techniques, tactics and resources necessary to safely execute the job. Law enforcement officers, first responders, and other public safety personnel may sign up for access at www.firstforward.com. The FirstForward platform serves more than 25,000 members with an online record of certifications, training, commendations, and professional experience. Providing more than 660 training courses (more than 160 of which are free), FirstForward offers an online training marketplace and the entire catalog of Nationally Certified and Fire Training Certification Program courses.
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