- The problem: Inconsistent fire EMS training
- The solution: Fire department training software
- The benefits of an employee training management system
The problem: Inconsistent fire EMS training
Firefighters often find themselves in dangerous situations – whether battling blazes, responding to accidents, and more – that put the lives of others in their hands. To ensure that they know how to keep both themselves and citizens safe when responding to these events, it’s important that firefighters receive proper fire EMS training.
However, it can be difficult for fire departments to ensure every firefighter receives consistent levels of training and preparation, both during onboarding and for probationary training. Many departments still rely on disorganized paper-based documentation and tracking of their training efforts, and these tedious, manual training management systems make it hard to provide standardized fire EMS training to build a high-performing team.
Inconsistent training procedures also produce inconsistent performance among firefighters. Departments struggle to guarantee all trainees receive the same quality of training and evaluation, as well as improve accountability through well-informed staff. This causes knowledge gaps that create compliance risks, which affect the department's ability to effectively protect citizens and can result in a tarnished reputation with the community.
Manual methods also eat away at the department’s limited time and staffing resources, requiring written documentation and complex filing systems. They’re prone to errors and misplaced documents – which can make it difficult to demonstrate legal compliance. And when fire departments can’t effectively track and evaluate training for all department staff, it’s difficult to determine what improvements are needed. Ideally, senior leaders should be able to easily tell whether the department's training efforts are working, which trainees met their departmental requirements, and what challenges the trainees are facing.
The solution: Fire department training software
PowerFTO by PowerDMS is a fire department training software that ensures all firefighters receive consistent probationary training. Using this employee training management system, you can monitor both trainees' progress and trainers' effectiveness, find patterns of success, and identify where staff need extra work.
PowerFTO centralizes and standardizes all your fire EMS training and probationary training in a single, cloud-based location that can be accessed at any time, from any device. You can also customize PowerFTO according to the goals and challenges of your department to ensure your onboarding and advancement training programs align with your specific processes, training model, and objectives. To support this, PowerFTO allows fire departments to:
- Develop onboarding programs for fire recruit training and advancement training, and track trainee performance throughout.
- Streamline communication with trainees by assigning tasks and setting automatic notification reminders for individuals, groups, or departments based on custom training workflows.
- Set your own measurements for success to align with department requirements and goals.
Along with these features, PowerFTO gives departments up-to-date data and reports to track fire EMS training and advancement training performance, view training results, and gather employee data for performance reviews. Plus, the system’s various customizable dashboards let you see trainee performance by each phase, or drill down into reports for an in-depth view. Leverage graphs and data to quickly review and pull training progress reports on individuals' performance, and filter your searches to quickly access information for any individual trainee.
The benefits of an employee training management system
With PowerFTO, you can build a consistently high-performing team using effective onboarding and performance evaluation tools. By ensuring all your trainees receive the same quality of training information and by evaluating them on a standardized scale, you can better measure training effectiveness and help your department achieve high performance standards. What’s more, PowerFTO’s centralized training and automated processes save time and resources so staff can focus on providing essential public safety services.
In addition, your department can promote well-informed staff and mitigate risk by ensuring staff are up-to-date on training, monitoring progress and completion to enforce accountability, and providing easy, digital access to your probationary training resources in PowerFTO. And using the software’s dashboards and reporting features, you can make informed decisions based on data insights to fill gaps and improve onboarding and advancement training for firefighters.
PowerDMS' fire department training software helps you ensure consistent training for all firefighters to improve your performance standards and your community relations. Learn more by scheduling a free demo of PowerFTO on our website.