Free Training Modules and Webinars will educate Fire, Police, EMS, DOT, and Towing and Recovery in Safe Operating Practices at Traffic Incidents
The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a USFA/FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grant to launch this learning network dedicated to safety best practices in traffic incident response and management.
This new training network is hosted and was built by Stonehouse Media Incorporated®, based on the phenomenally successful CFITrainer.Net®
platform. The network will be free to all responders involved in traffic incident management.
“This online learning network will give us the ability to reach far more traffic incident responders than we can in a traditional classroom setting,” says Steve Austin, project manager of ResponderSafety.Com
. “We won’t be restricted by number of seats, travel cost, distance, work schedules, or departmental budgets. You can take the training when you have the time exactly where you are.” The training will be available to all traffic incident responders — Fire, Police, EMS, DOT, and towing and recovery — a diverse group that numbers over 1 million in the United States alone. “Under the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management,” Austin continues, “This network will be at the forefront of integrating the training of these diverse agencies into one coordinated, consistent approach that puts us all on the same page.”
The new learning network will deliver video and interactive modules on best practices and live webinars about breaking developments. These training pieces will be easily accessed via desktop computer, laptop or mobile device.
The network will also have downloadable resources, polling, a testing platform, and tracking and reporting of program completion for each user. In the future, the network plans to have its content approved for Continuing Education Credits from many different state and other agencies.
“Our goal is to roll out great content supported by an online network system that is built based on the user’s needs,” says Rod Ammon, President of Stonehouse Media. “It’s not typical distance learning, where the standard “LMS” priorities are focused on reporting to supervisors to keep tabs on whether someone finished an assignment. We have all that functionality, but we are also putting well produced content in the hands of the learner with the ease of flipping on a TV that remembers where you left off. The users can identify their own training needs, view the appropriate programs, and manage their own professional development by providing a record of tested proof of continuing education when needed. This network platform is focused on success with the audience and building relationships with users while still satisfying organizational needs. We have been very lucky to learn and grow our platform with a great success of a sister network that has grown to more than 40,000 users.”
The network and its first modules are scheduled for release in early 2012. ResponderSafety.com
is actively seeking public and private sector partners to expand the modules and webinars offered beyond the scope of the initial grant. Austin is enthusiastic about the prospects, “Anyone who responds to a roadway incident is going to get great benefits from using this network. It is going to save lives. And that’s what we’re all about. Everyone goes home.”