Online Employee Scheduling System Saves Ohio Fire Department 100 Man-Hours a Year
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota -- May 03, 2012 -- Located between Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, the Broadview Heights Fire Department serves approximately 20,000 residents. Included in their mission statement is: We are committed to providing our services in the most efficient and cost effective manner feasible, in order to, without compromise of service, lessen the financial burden on our community as a whole whenever possible.
Joe Fleming, the department’s Assistant Fire Chief, estimates he’ll save over two full weeks of time every year by subscribing to FIRE Manager. Instead of making out an excel spreadsheet each month and updating and reprinting constantly it, this fire department turned to an online workforce management system.
“But the time saved is only part of it. FIRE Manager gives us so many more benefits. It gives us accuracy and security. It prevents duplicate schedules. It’s always up to date, allows more accurate accounting of payroll and eliminates unforeseen gaps in manpower which lead to higher overtime costs,” explains Fleming, who heard about FIRE Manager from a part-time employee who used it at another fire department.
Public safety agencies and companies, are subscribing to Web-based online employee scheduling and workforce management systems in order to significantly decrease the amount of time spent on scheduling and managing employees while significantly increasing their agency’s productivity. Also, online software systems allow for 24/7/365 access wherever there is an internet connection, whether it be in the office, at the station, at home, on a smartphone or an on-the-go mobile device.
“We really like the convenience of FIRE Manager. It is web-based so we can access it anytime and anywhere,” adds Fleming. “Also, our manpower is there on time and at the right level on a consistent basis with no unforeseen gaps.”
Aladtec, Inc. developed subscription-based FIRE Manager and EMS Manager to meet the unique needs of the public safety sector’s volunteer, part-time and full-time employee scheduling challenges.
By logging into Aladtec’s website, administrators and employees access their department’s scheduling and management system. They can view and change the information in real time. Schedulers and administrators can see who has “called in” sick, requested a shift, read a department wide mandatory e-mail message and monitor who’s due for certification updates. Employees and volunteers can swap shifts, request vacation time and PTO (paid time off), access important company documents and are immediately alerted about upcoming meetings.
The Broadview Heights Fire Department experience with FIRE Manager is one more example that proves online employee scheduling and workforce management increases efficiency, productivity and saves money.
Broadview Heights Fire Department has two stations with 36 employees. They offer a number of outreach services to the community including: fire safety programs, home safety inspections, CPR and First Aid training, station tours, job shadowing and career day presentations.
Aladtec, Inc. is a provider of web-based software solutions for online employee scheduling and workforce management applications. The company’s flagship products, EMS Manager and FIRE Manager, are leaders in the public safety sector and together serve more than 750 EMS and fire departments and nearly 50,000 employees. Their newest product, Zanager, is another workforce management system ideal for businesses in the private sector. Aladtec is headquartered just outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area in Hudson, Wisconsin.