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Jackie Belasky

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Preparing Fire & Rescue for the Workforce Challenges Ahead

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 14, 2020 12:37:51 PM

 

When emergency situations strike, the world relies on first responders to help. But what happens when the Fire and Rescue workforce is adapting to the unknown? Global issues like the COVID-19 pandemic have shone a light on workforce challenges that won't be going away anytime soon.  It's crucial to understand what to look for and how to plan for the road ahead. 

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Topics: Workforce Management, Scheduling, EMS, Firefighters, Analytics, COVID-19

4 Ways COVID-19 is Transforming Court Procedures

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 29, 2020 2:45:00 PM

With social distancing recommendations in place by the CDC during the COVID-19 pandemic, courts must find new ways to conduct proceedings. Technology has played a large role in transforming proceedings, with numerous states seeing success with these new practices. 

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Courts, COVID-19

How to Protect Jail and Prison Populations from COVID-19

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 18, 2020 1:15:00 PM

As organizations nationwide adapt to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, public safety agencies are among those facing additional challenges. This includes jails and prisons, which must implement protocols to keep inmates safe from the life threatening virus. Reducing the spread may be difficult, but there are several ways to prepare and prevent against the illness for the incarcerated and workforce staff within these facilities. 

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Topics: Workforce Management, Corrections, prisons, COVID-19

It’s Time to Rethink How Your Agency Operates

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 18, 2020 7:08:59 PM

 

There may never have been a more challenging time to be working in public safety than right now.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19 many first responders have been working excessively long hours, often for several weeks in a row to keep our communities safe.  These past few weeks have been incredibly tough for law enforcement with civil unrest and calls for reform, de-funding and even dismantling of police agencies. With overtime already spiraling out of control and the long term impact of the economic slowdown, many agencies are looking back in order to chart a course forward.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Public Safety Technology

Effective Scheduling of Correctional Officers is Essential (Video)

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 21, 2020 9:52:55 AM

Managing today's correctional facilities is demanding, difficult and sometimes dangerous. When you house hundreds of convicted criminals in one building, effective management is critical to the safety of inmates, workers, and the surrounding community. 

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Topics: Corrections

How Does Your Agency Manage Schedules When Natural Disasters Strike? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 17, 2020 4:23:03 PM

When disaster strikes, whether in the form of catastrophic weather events or civil disorder, public safety agencies must be at their best and most efficient. Dealing with high-risk events may involve switching first responders to Alpha/Bravo or EOP shift schedules.

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Topics: Scheduling

Instilling, developing and monitoring professionalism in firefighter crews [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 29, 2019 10:07:54 AM

Officers within fire departments should have high expectations of professionalism and responsibility from the members of their crews. Setting and maintaining these standards can help personnel individually and assist the department in protecting its community.

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Topics: Firefighters

Disaster countermeasures involve mass EMS cooperation [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 22, 2019 11:08:33 AM

When a natural disaster strikes, it's common for first responders to cooperate with personnel from other departments, rushing aid to where it's most needed. For example, the recent response to Hurricane Florence drew specialized assistance from EMS crews from up and down the East Coast.

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Topics: EMS, Police, Firefighters

Tracking empowerment and accountability in police departments [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 11, 2019 9:56:10 AM

Leadership and personnel development within police departments are complex processes, due to the unique and frequently dangerous nature of the work. Knowing the capabilities of subordinates and entrusting them with the right level of responsibility are essential qualities for departmental leaders.

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Topics: Police, Training

Teamwork and Unity: Essential in Corrections [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 8, 2019 6:05:45 PM

Corrections workforces must be united in both the way they present themselves and their internal dynamics. Breakdowns in communication or teamwork can put officers at risk. Supervisors must create a highly accountable workplace culture and address any problems as soon as they arise.

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Topics: Corrections