The three days a week this agency saves is now focused on community outreach
instead of employee scheduling and tedious admin tasks.
May 21, 2015 – Hudson, WI – When an organization discovers a solution that saves an extraordinary amount of time, improves efficiencies and creates a more effective working environment, it has a major impact on staff, administrators and even their community.
“As an organization, I estimate we’re saving about 100 hours a month. Aladtec also saves us a LOT of hassle, we find the system very user friendly and the entire staff loves it,” says Landon Churchill, Engineer/EMT, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Rifle, Colorado. “Gaining all these hours allows us to dedicate more time to a variety of important civic duties, resulting in a positive impact on the communities we serve.”
With seven stations, Colorado River Fire Rescue is a combination department staffing over 100 members consisting of full-time, part-time, and volunteers. Originally, they used a paper desk calendar for scheduling staff. They later switched to not one, but two different online scheduling systems which they used simultaneously. This worked pretty well for awhile, but eventually those systems couldn’t keep up with the agency’s needs. Many scheduling software systems are designed for staffing a standard workweek, which doesn’t work well for most public service agencies due to their often complex and varied shift requirements. Administrators started searching for a better solution, and since they were required to get three competitive bids they really did their homework.
“Once we looked at the affordable subscription fee and the capabilities of Aladtec, it was a no-brainer for us. Aladtec is an all inclusive product. There are no hardware requirements, they offer free technical support and their customer service is excellent. Also, the most comparable competitor for what we needed wanted $50,000 up-front plus a monthly subscription fee. With Aladtec, there are no upfront costs or hidden fees and their subscription price is very reasonable. We believe it is the best system on the market,” indicates Battalion Chief, Leif Sackett.
This agency values a number of Aladtec features including: automated time-off and trade requests; customizable forms; library storage; immediate communication capabilities; and 24/7 mobile access by computer, tablet or smartphone.
“Aladtec is really a one-stop-shop. The online time-off and trade requests are amazing, and very popular with the full-time staff. The mobile functionality makes it accessible to everyone all the time, which is perfect for our volunteer and part-time staff. The Forms feature is great, and we use it for many documents – such as time cards, vehicle maintenance, daily checks, award nominations, and more. The staff loves not having to use paper forms anymore,” states Churchill. “Aladtec is amazing, compounded by the genuinely great people working there.”
About Colorado River Fire Rescue: This agency’s administrative offices are in Rifle, Colorado, about 60 miles northeast of Grand Junction on the banks of the Colorado River. They are responsible for providing numerous emergency response duties, and related activities, including but not limited to: fire; emergency medical; hazardous material; technical rescue; training; prevention; public education; and administrative functions. They proudly serve a total response area of approximately 850 square miles including the Town of New Castle, the Town of Silt, and the City of Rifle. They are dedicated to protecting life, home, and property through leadership, education and partnerships. For more information visit: www.crfr.us.
About Aladtec: They proudly provide online employee scheduling and workforce management software solutions to over 1,400 organizations, primarily within the Public Safety Sector. These customers count on Aladtec every day to help them save time and improve efficiency. For information about their affordable industry specific options, or to try a free trial, please visit www.aladtec.com.