Roanoke, IL (PRWEB) September 04, 2013
Using spreadsheets to organize, schedule and accommodate payroll for 20 paid and volunteer staff members at Roanoke Municipal Ambulance became far too time consuming for Troy Schuler, Chief of Ambulance Operations. “We needed to make a change. I spent several months trying all the free demos I could get my hands on. What I like best about EMS Manager are all the options the system has and the fact that I can customize it to fit our department’s needs,” Schuler states. “I feel EMS Manager is more of an all around management tool; it’s not just scheduling software.”
Chief Schuler states he and his staff utilize EMS Manager’s forum feature quite frequently. He likes the way his squad can interact and discuss upcoming events, past meetings and training sessions. He also uses the forum to allow members who could not attend a meeting to come up to speed on what they missed by reading the minutes online. In addition, Chief Schuler indicates he uses EMS Manager to keep track of various training documents and staff certifications as well.
“The biggest difference I have seen in our department is the way people change their shift and sign up for shifts. It used to be done via email or text messages. EMS Manager has sped up the process dramatically. Now, personnel can change shifts and find coverage on their own through the system, without having to make a thousand phone calls back and forth with each other and with me,” adds Chief Schuler. “On average I save ten hours a week doing payroll and scheduling. Those 40 hours a month I save enables me to focus more on recruitment and community outreach.”
Like many SaaS (Software as a Service), or cloud based, software systems EMS Manager also provides a convenient mobile web app to subscribers. This makes the system available from any smartphone or other web enabled device - such as an iPad or iPod.
The majority of staff at Roanoke are volunteer, including Chief Schuler. Since they have full-time jobs elsewhere, the ability to access and make changes to the schedule remotely is very important. Chief Schuler states the mobility of EMS Manager allows him to manage the department much more easily and puts the schedule, employee data and staff communication at his fingertips.
“One of the main reasons we chose EMS Manager is that it allows me to manage my team while I’m on the go. I can keep the schedule rolling smoothly from anywhere,” shares Chief Schuler. “All my staff are currently using the mobile app too. It has made scheduling a thousand times easier and faster.”
About Roanoke Municipal Ambulance: Serving a community of approximately 5,000, they are one of 75 agencies in the Peoria Illinois Area EMS System. They are a Basic Life Support (BLS) unit that operates within the Roanoke Fire Protection District. This agency is primarily comprised of volunteers, relying on only a small group of paid staff to run the daytime operations.
About Aladtec, Inc: They are 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 1,000 EMS agencies, fire departments, police departments and other businesses. Over 60,000 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 http://www.aladtec.com.
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