Fire and police departments are exploring new staffing strategies today to ensure they field the right personnel to keep their communities safe - while working within budget constraints. This can even mean combining hiring authority departments that were previously separate.A recent example of consolidation in action comes from Rye, New York, where legislators are considering creating a public safety department that will hire and train both firefighters and police officers.
The new approach is meant to help coordination between the two departments' full-time staff, as well as over 200 listed volunteer firefighters.
Officials responsible for managing, scheduling and training personnel from multiple agencies can use public safety workforce management software as a cost effective solution. With software like this, each agency is able to control their own policies, procedures and requirements - all from one centralized platform.
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