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Indiana finds success in regional dispatch program

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 27, 2015 3:46:33 PM


While once most law enforcement was conducted exclusively on the city and town level, in recent years groups of towns have found that the expense of going alone is no longer worth it. Across the country, there has been an increasing push toward regionalization of public services. Many local leaders now believe that consolidated 911 dispatch is the best way to ensure that police can maintain low response times without unacceptable staffing costs.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Police, Dispatch Centers

Using Technology Tools to Improve EMT Certification

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 21, 2015 2:36:00 PM


Back in June, we featured an article about the changing nature of fire departments. While the number of fires fell nearly 20 percent over the course of the past decade, firefighters have still had plenty to do. In fact, they face an increasing number of emergency medical calls. For instance, in California, about 85 percent of calls made to fire departments are for medical emergencies. Some fire departments handle medical emergencies almost exclusively, only rarely being asked to fight actual fires.

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Topics: EMS, Certifications

The Challenges of Correctional Staffing [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 11, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When prison facilities are not fully staffed with an adequate number of correctional officers, each guard is at a higher risk of being assaulted by an inmate.

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Topics: Scheduling, Corrections

As Seattle grows, fire department feels the strain [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 3, 2015 12:25:46 PM

Seattle is known for its frequent rainstorms, but that doesn't mean it has no need for firefighters. The city's growing population is leading to more work for the Seattle Fire Department, which received 89,000 calls in 2014. That's a 15 percent increase.

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Topics: Fire, Overtime

How to determine law enforcement staffing levels

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 23, 2015 4:20:02 PM

How many officers does a law enforcement agency need? It depends on the strategy.

Local governments face this question regularly. Residents who are concerned with public safety tend to want more officers, while those who are paying more attention to their local tax bills want fewer — or, at the very least, they want elected officials to carefully monitor staffing numbers and do whatever is possible to control costs.

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Topics: Scheduling, Police

Oklahoma considers boosting training requirements for police reserves

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 10, 2015 10:01:00 AM


Law enforcement officers regularly find themselves in situations where they need to make quick decisions. It's times like these when they need to rely on their training. 

But what if they have not been adequately trained? When officers make mistakes, they endanger not only themselves, but also those around them. Recent events have once again shown this to be true.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Law Enforcement, Training

Police officers need training in tactical medicine [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 8, 2015 12:07:00 PM

In dangerous situations, police cannot always rely on EMTs and other responders to handle emergency medical care. Often, police are the first to arrive at the scene, and they need to take charge of the situation.

Whether the victim is a criminal suspect, an innocent bystander or a fellow officer, it is crucial that police act quickly to stabilize their wounds. in order to do this in a chaotic situation, officers need to rely on their training.

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Topics: Police, Training

EMS Rapid Response Crucial to Saving Lives [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 8, 2015 12:04:00 PM

When getting an ambulance to a patient, every second counts. Even the smallest delays can be the difference between life and death, which is why EMS response teams work so hard to reach their destination as quickly as possible.

However, a lack of proper staffing can make this difficult. In Tate County, Mississippi, the local ambulance service is feeling the pinch, thanks to a contract with a nearby hospital that requires it to deploy two ambulances for patient transportation at all times. Employees say that when ambulances are out doing non-emergency work, they risk not being able to respond to 911 calls.

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Topics: Scheduling, EMS

Firefighters require proper certification

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 29, 2015 11:18:00 AM


During the past decade, the number of fires has been on a steady decline. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were 1,3895,000 fires in 2011, which is 19.5 percent less than what was recorded in 2002. But while this falling number may imply that firefighters have less to do, it could not be further from the truth.

Sure, they might not be fighting quite so many fires, but as a recent article in the Los Angeles Times pointed out, firefighters have had their hands full with a growing number of emergency medical calls. In fact, the paper's investigation found that, during the past four decades, numerous fire departments have shifted to mostly responding to medical calls, and only occasionally being called to fight fires.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Fire, Training

Let's Strengthen Police-Community Relations [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 16, 2015 12:08:42 PM

During this past year, events across the country have been focused on divisions between police and culturally diverse communities. As both officers and citizens engage in their own respective points-of-view, it is clear that better communication between both groups is needed.

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Topics: Law Enforcement

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Orion Communications is a certified women-owned business enterprise headquartered in Dallas, Texas that has been specializing in workforce management software since 1998. As Public Sector workforce management and data interface experts, Orion is a unique provider of dynamically intelligence workforce management software. Orion serves agencies with complex requirements and improves workforce productivity using its web based AgencyWeb® system and consultative management services.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.