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Jackie Belasky

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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: EMS, Fire, Police

Body-worn cameras for corrections require policies [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 2, 2018 9:34:38 AM

Body-worn camera initiatives in correctional facilities may fail to get off the ground unless the program includes well-defined policies. These typically include recording protocols, data storage and user access.

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Topics: Police

Maximize the effectiveness of EMS field training [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 12, 2018 12:00:22 PM

No matter how much training new emergency medical technicians undergo in paramedic programs, they'll have to learn some of their essential skills from field training officers.

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Topics: Training

Effectively combining career and volunteer firefighter staff [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 27, 2018 3:17:31 PM

Creating a combined fire department, with both career and volunteer firefighters, can be a difficult feat of resource and schedule management. Lack of clear communications and a detailed transition plan can lead to an exodus of trained, qualified firefighters.

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Topics: Firefighters

Routine Situations Can Be Dangerous for Fatigued Officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 5, 2018 2:40:33 PM

Managing law enforcement personnel 24-7-365 is a delicate balance of manpower, minimum staffing requirements, labor agreements, and risk management. Placing limits on the number of hours police officers serve is a key tactic for reducing fatigue. When emergency personnel are tired on the job, even their routine activities can become dangerous.

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Topics: Scheduling

How to Increase Correctional Officer Retention [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 16, 2018 4:44:29 PM

Staff shortages and recruiting difficulties are constant facts of life in correctional facilities. When too few officers are available, the result can put both inmates and staff in potential danger.

To keep their staffing situation under control, correctional leaders must practice effective scheduling and offer long-term retention programs. Workforce management software designed for public safety is an effective means to this end.

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Topics: Corrections

Tips for Hiring and Retaining the Best Police Officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 29, 2018 2:58:25 PM

Law enforcement agencies across the country are facing unprecedented recruitment challenges. While all differ in size and the communities they serve, each could benefit by following a few best practices.

Department leaders hoping to keep their best and brightest officers for years to come should consider whether they're on the same page as their personnel when it comes to benefits and opportunities for advancement. If officers don't see a chance to learn new skills and move up in the ranks, they may begin looking for employment elsewhere.

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Topics: Police

Managing millennial firefighters [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 12, 2018 9:30:56 AM

The millennial generation has aged into the workforce. These young people are taking on important new roles in every field imaginable, public safety included.  Fire department leaders should consider their workforce management approaches to make sure they're tailored to millennials, their skills and work habits.

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Topics: Firefighters

Ensure police officers have current de-escalation training [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 3, 2018 3:51:13 PM

De-escalation training is one of the most in-demand skills among police officers today. When called on to quell civil unrest or manage tense situations of any kind peacefully, personnel should be up-to-date on the latest tactics and techniques.

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Topics: Training

Shift swapping: Are your policies being controlled? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Dec 11, 2017 1:45:10 PM

Firefighters who need to swap shifts are happier when scheduling systems are easy-to-use and give them a high degree of flexibility and control. Departmental leaders need to balance this desire for control with assurances that all trades are carried out within policies and guidelines.

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Topics: Scheduling

About Orion Communications

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.