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Jackie Belasky

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Incident Action Plans Help Firefighters Battle Forest Fires [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 15, 2018 11:57:56 AM

Fighting forest fires is a dangerous but essential part of firefighting in rural areas. When departments prepare and set high-level strategic guidelines, they can improve their effectiveness at battling the blazes and improve the chances that everyone gets back safely.

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Topics: Firefighters

EMS fatigue: Countering this dangerous condition [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 5, 2018 10:45:42 AM

If EMS clinicians are performing their tasks while fatigued, they are at risk of suffering terrible consequences. Problems such as lack of sleep, heavy workloads and long working hours can wear EMS personnel out, putting them in danger.

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Topics: EMS

Officer culture positively transforms EMS operations [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 27, 2018 12:40:25 PM

Emergency medical services supervisors have to handle their employees effectively in demanding, life-or-death situations. One way to improve accountability and overall effectiveness in EMS settings involves adopting company officer culture, a mainstay in fire departments. Each individual must know what he or she is responsible for and who to report to.

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Topics: EMS

Police Leadership: Plan for Succession [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 19, 2018 11:43:03 AM

It's important to have a solid framework in place for succession within a police department. When leaders actively assess suitability for promotion at all levels of the command chain, open roles can be filled smoothly and quickly, with minimal disruption.

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Topics: Police

Let's Focus on Recognizing Stress in Our Firefighters [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 10, 2018 10:16:22 AM

Letting stress go unnoticed or unmanaged within a fire department workforce can lead to problems over time. Psychological trauma leaves invisible scars, so recognizing it isn't always easy. Firefighter supervisors have to work hard to ensure their team members' mental health needs are being met.

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Topics: Firefighters

Policing Today Means Understanding Social Media [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 14, 2018 5:49:41 PM

Police officers' day-to-day effectiveness relies on responding to the world around them. Today, that task includes understanding and working with technology.

Social media's growing role in community communications is too important to ignore, and tech-savvy police departments can even receive tips from the public and distribute public safety information via Facebook, Twitter or other platforms.

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Topics: Police

Ways to reduce the firefighting gender gap [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 3, 2018 9:31:35 AM

Fire departments have a serious gender disparity. Only about 7 percent of American firefighters are women. Departments that take action to close this hiring gap can promote fairness and opportunity, improve community engagement and reach optimal staffing levels.

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Topics: Firefighters

Unique scheduling needed for police assigned to protect schools [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 27, 2018 10:58:14 AM

In the wake of tragedies such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, communities and police departments often review school resource officer programs. The organizational policies behind these strategies are sometimes complicated. For instance, state government agencies are often involved in planning and funding the deployments alongside local police departments.

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Topics: Police, Scheduling

Resources needed for firefighter mental health programs [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 23, 2018 11:03:14 AM

Training and assistance programs designed to keep firefighters fit and healthy shouldn't exclude mental health from their focus areas. Post-traumatic stress and other serious conditions can seriously affect first responders, and departmental leaders should set aside the time and resources to help their teams.

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Topics: Firefighters

Flexible First Responder Roles: A Boon for Small Town Response Times? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 25, 2018 11:23:19 AM

Police, Fire, EMS: The divisions between first responder departments are distinct in most communities. In small-town settings, however, combining duties could increase the percentage of full-time emergency personnel on staff and reduce response times.

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Topics: Fire, EMS, Police

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As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software.  Orion’s AgencyWeb® software helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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