Fox Lake (IL) Fire Protection District Adopts Aladtec’s FIRE Manager to Revamp Workforce Management System

Fox Lake (IL) Fire Protection District Adopts Aladtec’s FIRE Manager to Revamp Workforce Management System

Press Release Sep 19, 2012

St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - September 19, 2012 - Public safety sector agencies often discuss new products, and what saves them time, resources and money.  This exchange of information is how Fox Lake Protection District picked FIRE Manager for online scheduling and workforce management.

 “Several other departments were using FIRE Manager and they were happy with the ease of use. I was unable to find another product that could do the job that FIRE Manager does. The other systems were too complex,” explains Greg Migacz, Lieutenant and IT Administrator, Fox Lake Fire Protection District, Fox Lake, Illinois.

Lieutenant Migacz also states that an indirect benefit to the approximate 30,000 citizens they provide service for is that FIRE Manager allows them to offer “better coverage” from the efficiencies the system brings to the department.

FIRE Manager is available to administrators and members 24/7/365 from anywhere there’s Internet access, including Web-enabled smart phones and other mobile devices with Internet capabilities. The messaging system allows administrators to easily send e-mails, texts or instant messages to a specific person, shift or the entire staff instantaneously. By using FIRE Manager for scheduling, Migacz indicates the department no longer has to deal with constant texts and calls from the 73 staff members regarding their schedule and schedule preferences. The schedule is always current and staff can submit availability and trade shifts without involving an administrator.

“FIRE Manager allows the person who does the schedule to save time,” states Migacz. “And, everyone always has the same info for sign-ups—it’s up-to-the-minute information.”

FIRE Manager recently rolled out a new release that has an improved user interface and a number of feature updates.  

“It has some nice benefits, including the monthly calendar layout,” adds Migacz.

In existence since 1908, the Fox Lake Fire Protection District serves all or part of the following communities in Northeastern Illinois: Village of Fox Lake, Village of Round Lake, McHenry, Ingleside, Lakemoor, Spring Grove, Volo, Grant and Antioch Townships.

About Aladtec
Aladtec, Inc. is a proud 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. Together with their newest product, Zanager, they serve over 850 EMS agencies, fire departments, police departments and other businesses. Over 50,500 employees use Aladtec’s online employee scheduling and workforce management products. Aladtec is headquartered just outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area in Hudson, Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.aladtec.com.

It can be hard to balance all those demands—how do you do it?
Politics is pervasive in the EMS world—here’s how to master it.
NIOSH and NHTSA offer a new fact sheet based on recent research.
Events are planned for Maryland, Minnesota, California and Texas in coming months.
Because their roles are so different, communication is essential.  
What do patients expect, and how did you do at it? You’ll never know unless you ask.
Hooten, Executive Director of MedStar Mobile Healthcare, and Brenda Staffan, Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Services, at the Regional EMS Authority in Reno, Nevada, were each recognized for their exemplary work helping to advance EMS as a profession. 
Legendary EMS leader, Bob Garner, was honored last week at the 12th annual Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum, a national conference for senior EMS leadership representing all models of delivery service.
Even without an ACA repeal, a new administration is making changes.
The series is engaging and specifically designed for EMS leaders, featuring specific scenarios that demonstrate what to do and what not to do.
LTC Stephen Rush has four main roles as medical director of the USAF pararescue program.
Balancing both perspectives is critical to a system’s overall success.
Interested parties are invited to register to attend.
Change comes with risk—don’t let that stop your efforts to improve.

It seems that every organization has a vision statement. As a speaker, when visiting groups of leaders, I often ask: “Who has a vision statement for their organization?” A flurry of hands usually go up. However, the next question stuns the room: “Who can come up here and recite it for me?” As you can imagine, not many volunteer for that request.