Public Safety Workforce Blogs

Evolving Technology for Public Safety’s Unprecedented Scheduling Needs

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 2, 2020 6:14:40 PM

In a year of on-the-job dangers posed by a viral pandemic and civil unrest, public safety agencies nationwide are going through massive change. With officers, firefighters and EMS personnel working in extremely volatile situations, many agencies have the added stress of staffing shortages. Some vacancies are caused by the fatigue of managing civil acts of violence. Others are due to employees testing positive for or being exposed to COVID-19.

The inability to back fill vacancies with qualified personnel and equipment is not an option. Scheduling and managing a workforce with these concerns in mind is tough using Excel spreadsheets. Many agencies have adjusted their practices and are relying on technology to effectively manage the safety of their personnel.

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

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

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

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: Scheduling, Police

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

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

Public safety scheduling changes when disaster strikes [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 22, 2017 9:45:08 AM

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

Law Enforcement Staffing for Crime Prevention Month [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 17, 2017 9:34:20 AM

October is Crime Prevention Month, with community-focused events and initiatives such as the National Night Out. These gatherings of community members and law enforcement agencies are designed to build trust and a sense of community.

While many police chiefs agree that it is crucial for their officers to meet regularly with residents, the simple truth is that many find their resources stretched too thin.

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Topics: Scheduling

Police departments can make effective use of special overtime [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 24, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Police departments working on special projects that are funded by federal or state government agencies can have positive impacts on their communities. At the same time, the extra hours of overtime often required for these initiatives must be monitored and deployed fairly in order to maximize the benefits and control excess spending.

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Topics: Scheduling

Fatigue policies can prevent firefighter sleep deprivation [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 18, 2017 11:15:33 AM

The potential link between 48/96 shift schedules and sleep deprivation can pose unique risks for firefighters. The danger of sleep deprivation tends to be compounded by a high volume of calls. When a firefighter cannot get adequate sleep on the second day of a shift, cognitive performance can suffer, putting lives in danger.

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Topics: Scheduling