July 4 represents an especially difficult time in staffing fire departments. Summertime vacations, wild land fire staffing and holiday activities can take career, part time and volunteer staff away during one of the most active times for fire departments. Departments can expect the increase in calls for EMS and Fire related incidents that occur during holiday periods, the use of fireworks can spark an increase in the number of small wild land fires in the district, and local events provide the opportunity for community outreach but require manpower. Fire Department Staffing at this time is most critical.
Using netDuty Online Scheduling, Staff Scheduling for your department can be easier. Here are some of our tools:
Availability Calendar: Volunteers and part timers can submit their own availability. netDuty provides an approval process, if required, and displays the staff members out of town on the calendar. As dates approach, managers can review available staff members and know the availability of their off duty personnel.
Filling Shifts: Call Out Requests can be submitted for specific duties on specific days, which emails qualified staff of opportunities and needs in the current schedule. Staff members may submit their offers and the officer making the selection may rank staff to choose the most equitable assignment, the most senior or through a rotating list of assignments.
Below Minimum Alerting: All staff members have access to the schedule and are able to view alerts on the days where staffing is most needed. Volunteers can be brought into the scheduling needs decision making for the department, part timers can know when they most may be needed, and career staff may be able to judge the likelihood of vacation requests being approved.
Opt in availability: Staff members may indicate that they are available and want to be assigned shifts. Staff members may assign or remove themselves from these shifts reflecting their availability. Managers may simply swap them in to a shift as needs dictate. Staff members are then notified through email they have been assigned.
All of these options are available in netDuty – Scheduling, starting at $49/month. Call today for a 30 day Free Trial.