Illinois Fire District's Switch to FIRE Manager Reduces Employee Scheduling Time by Half

Illinois Fire District's Switch to FIRE Manager Reduces Employee Scheduling Time by Half

Press Release Jan 24, 2013

January 24, 2013 - Yorkville, IL - The scheduling process for Timothy Fairfield, Assistant Chief, Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District, was similar to hundreds of fire departments around the country. He’d hand out dozens of shift request sheets. Firefighters would add their preferred shifts and then return the completed sheets. Fairfield would enter the requests onto a spreadsheet, make sure it was full, and then create a paper calendar and print it for distribution. He says this process took many hours every month and there were considerable associated paper and printer costs to budget each year.

“In an effort to reduce the time it took to create the schedule, and eliminate the associated printing costs, I started looking for a scheduling program that would be compatible to our needs and found FIRE Manager was what we were looking for. This online employee scheduling and workforce management system was clearly the best choice,” Fairfield shares. “The old way I scheduled made if very difficult for anyone but me to do it. A benefit to our members, is all 70 of them have access to the schedule in real time through the Internet.”

FIRE Manager is considered a SaaS (Software as a Service) product which is available to administrators and members at all times from any computer or mobile device with Internet access. The online system offers much more than just scheduling. There is a forum section, certification tracking capabilities, an event calendar and a library where documents and videos can be shared.  

“We have just started to use the library section to post our monthly training packet. This allows all of our staff, who either didn’t or couldn’t complete the training, to access it through our FIRE Manager library and easily complete their training,” Fairfield adds. “This benefit is really exciting to us.  I’m happy to say, I’ve only received positive feedback from our staff after implementing FIRE Manager.”

The Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District is located in Yorkville, 50 miles West of Chicago in Kendall County, which is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.  With three fire stations, they serve a population of nearly 30,000 people and cover approximately 80 square miles.

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 900 EMS agencies, fire departments, police departments and other businesses. Over 56,000 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

UC Berkeley's Seismology Lab team developed the app to alert users of impending earthquakes so they have more time to prepare for safety.
The app will help teachers and administrators easily communicate during crises and are also being trained by law enforcement on how to act in an active shooter event.
The company launched a new series of demo webinars and released a comparison checklist resource to assist fire departments and EMS agencies in their search for a better records management system.
Leading EMS, Fire, Software & Data Company Named to Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America List for Fifth Year Running
Specifically created for the public safety sector, Aladtec's software helps EMS agencies manage complex shifts for their 24/7 coverage needs.  
Dictum Health, Inc introduces a new telehealth product line based on its patient-centric Virtual Exam Room (VER) technology, providing better patient care whether it be basic home visits or disaster scenarios.
Five hospitals — two in California, two in Arkansas, one in Colorado — gain access to EMS data in real-time, even prior to patient arrival, using Electronic Health Record-consumable formats.
The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) will track real-time overdose surveillance data so immediate responses can be activated when overdoses spike in frequency.
Officials are urging companies like Apple to activate the FM chips installed in cell phones so emergency alerts can guide residents when cell towers are damaged by major disasters.
DMI announces the launch of EndZone, a cloud-based platform for mobile-centric situational awareness, delivering increased responsiveness and efficiency in emergency situations.
First responders are encouraged to link the website to their pages, as the service allows users to reconnect with loved ones in the aftermath of a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Maria.
Residents who register with the program provide important details about health conditions and even bedroom locations so rescue workers spend less time searching for victims.
Inc. magazine ranked GD 2503 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.
Developed with the help of paramedics, bystanders who witness a heart attack or cardiac arrest can use the app to send an SOS to nearby CPR-trained people, check if someone has called the emergency number 119, and alerts them of nearby AEDs.
Verizon brought responders together to see the benefit of new technologies.