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5 New EVOC Courses Now Available!

EVOC: Emergency Vehicle Operator Course Series

FireRescue1 Academy has released a new course series, Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC), which is designed to enhance the ability for fire fighters to identify the importance of proper training for emergency vehicle operations. With this series, students will deal with the many dynamic forces of nature and physics, which will work both for and against the safe operation of emergency vehicles.

This eLearning experience provides personnel with the knowledge necessary to operate and mitigate the many risks associated with driving emergency vehicles. These training courses have a variety of requirements and opportunities out there for any driver or department with a desire to promote safety and effectiveness.

EVOC is a five-part series that includes the following courses:

  • Emergency Vehicle Driving Requirements
  • This 30-minute course explains the importance of emergency vehicle driving, the impact of vehicle accidents to you and the organization, responsibilities for safe emergency vehicles operations, and the factors that contribute to an incident involving emergency vehicles. Learners will take away an essential understanding of the complexities of driving under emergency conditions, the hazards of intersections and finally the risks of backing apparatus and vehicles.

  • Selecting the Proper Personnel for Driving Emergency Vehicle
  • This 30-minute course will explain that proper personnel selection procedures are the first steps in developing an effective, safe emergency vehicle driver program. It will also define the legal aspects of emergency vehicle operations. And why it is necessary to have standard operating guidelines.

  • Emergency Vehicle Characteristics
  • This 30-minute course will focus on vehicle features that the Emergency Vehicle Driver should know. The course will define the various types of Emergency Vehicle Inspections and maintenance programs a department must have set-up. The course will also focus on the different weight distribution factors and center of gravity when driving these emergency vehicles.

  • Emergency Vehicle Driving Dynamics
  • This course will focus on the dynamics of how to drive an emergency vehicle and stay safe in the process. It will focus on how to prevent Emergency Vehicle Roll Over and Vehicle Dynamics and Physical Forces effect the operation of these types of vehicles.

  • Emergency Vehicle Driving Techniques
  • This 1-hour module will cover all the techniques needed to maintain the highest level of safety possible. It also includes how to prepare for unexpected situations and conditions which can adversely affect emergency vehicle operation. As well as defensive driving techniques that include space management, following distance and rate of closure, hazard identification and correct braking techniques to name a few tactical skills.

Updated Courses Set to be Released in January

The FireRescue1 Academy content and accreditation teams have made a collaborative effort this year to evaluate the latest trends and topics in Fire and EMS to help build a more updated online fire training library for first responders. With the feedback provided by our valuable clients, we’ve made the necessary changes to older courses, while continuing to add new and original content to our learning management platform.

On December 31, 2017, we will be retiring older versions of course content, with new versions going live on January 1, 2018. To ensure that you and/or your personnel have completed course requirements before they are either removed or updated, please review the list below to see what has changed.

Updated Courses

  • 12-Lead EKG

Name Change

  • Medic Monthly-Football Injuries is now Medic Monthly – Treating Neck and Spinal Injuries
  • Medic Monthly-Pediatric Spinal Injuries VOL 6 Issue 6 is now Medic Monthly – Pediatric Spinal Injuries
  • Medic Monthly-SIDS Vol 2 Issue 1 is now Medic Monthly – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact your Customer Success representative.

Can Your Online Learning Provider Answer These Questions?

Fire chiefs are often unfamiliar with learning management systems, so there is a risk of partnering with an LMS vendor that is not suited to their departments, or is inferior to other options

When fire departments face a budget crunch, training is often a line item that’s adversely affected.
Training not only has its own costs, it also has the opportunity cost of taking firefighters off the street.
And those training challenges greatly increase when the department is volunteer or paid on-call. However,
failure to train becomes a liability issue, so fire departments are looking for alternative avenues to get their firefighters trained, but at lower costs.

One of the options trainers and administrators are turning to is online learning management systems.
But because they are unfamiliar with this emerging technology, there is a risk of partnering with a vendor
that is not suited to their department’s personnel and needs or selecting a training system with an inferior
set of features.

Here are four questions fire departments should be asking as they evaluate a learning management
system partner.

1) Do you have certificates of completion?

Just like in the offline world, individual firefighters and departments need to show proof that training has been completed to meet mandatory training requirements. Many firefighters and officers keep a binder of their training certificates, and many departments have an administrator who maintains file cabinets full of such documents. In the online world, most learning providers have certificates or records — either actual documents in PDF form that can be printed out or electronic records of course completion.

A top issue for your end users, firefighters, officers and chiefs, is accessibility and availability of those training certificates. It must be easy to find and share proof that training has been completed with a
host of possible stakeholders — everyone from the compliance manager at a risk pool to the state fire marshal’s office to members of the court system.

Another issue with certificates of completion is portability of that documentation. Can individual firefighters easily access their certificates not only for use at their department, but also to verify their
training and credentials for any secondary fire service jobs such as a regional training instructor or as a two-hatter for another department that requires proof of the same training?

2) Is your training approved for state credit?

State-approved training can vary from state to state. Some learning management system providers do have content that has been reviewed by the state oversight authority and has been approved or accredited, but some do not.

In fact, in some cases, states have simply indicated that they do not approve training courses — online
or offline. Instead the state sets criteria for training and empowers a fire marshal or fire chief to approve training.

As a potential purchaser, the training officer should know what the requirements are for their state and their discipline, and that can help inform them on which learning management system is right for their
department. Because many departments, through their fire chief, can approve their own internally developed and locally instructed training programs, it is critical to know if the training department can
upload its own training records to the LMS.

3) Who are you working with in our state?

Just as you would seek to get the opinion of a neighboring department when purchasing any other sort of fire apparatus or turnout gear, administrators should ask for contacts at other departments who can testify about the learning management system solution. Here are some questions to ask those references:

  • How easy was it to implement the system?
  • What is the support like when you have a problem?
  • What do you think of the training content?
  • How easy is it to access
  • Were there any unseen or unplanned fees after initial setup?

4) What is the fee structure and are there any hidden charges after setup?

Pricing structures can vary for LMS solutions. Some vendors offer multiple options to choose from. There
could be an offering that is a one-time flat fee for an unlimited number of users or there could be a per user/per-year subscription option. Some offerings have a tiered- pricing structure for different levels of support after purchase (silver, gold, platinum, for example), which impact the total cost.

The key is to ensure that the vendor is completely transparent about the absolute total cost. Ultimately,
the learning management system your agency selects will need the features and functionality you deem the
most important. But using these questions as a guide at the start of your planning will be key to the overall success of the program.

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