October 9, 2015 – Peoria, Illinois – For the past 23 years Illinois Fire Chiefs Conference has taken place in Peoria and once again this year the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association is partnering with the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and the Illinois Fire Apparatus Mechanics Association (IFAMA). This premier professional development conference for fire personnel will be held October 11th through the 16th at the Peoria Civic Center, with exhibitor days the 12th and 13th.
One exhibitor attending the conference this year, is Wisconsin based online software company Aladtec. The Aladtec system is an efficient, and cost-effective, online employee scheduling and workforce management SaaS (Software as a Service) system. Because it is accessed via the Internet, the system is available 24/7 from anywhere. The core of Aladtec’s business is within the Public Safety Sector, and the majority of their customers are Fire and EMS agencies.
The Aladtec system easily handles complex scheduling and unique rotation requirements common to fire departments. It’s many features offer many benefits including, allowing members to submit availability, request time off, and make shift trades online. It’s available 24/7 from any computer or mobile device via the Internet. Aladtec has evolved from only a crew scheduling system ten years ago, to an all-in-one robust and dynamic workforce management tool. It features certification tracking, customizable forms, a document library, member discussion area, events calendar, custom reports and an optional Time Clock kiosk. Any report can be created from the data you have in the system and it integrates smoothly with most payroll systems.
This online system improves a department’s efficiency, saves time, saves money and reduces human error. These factors are vital for mission critical organizations, like fire departments. Aladtec is available for an affordable annual fee based on the number of members using the system. Therefore, it is reasonably priced for organizations of all sizes – including volunteer agencies.
Today nearly 1,500 organizations subscribe to Aladtec’s online employee scheduling and workforce management software with over 90,000 people using the system throughout North America.
“We are very fortunate and honored to be a vendor for the fire departments and other first responder communities,” states David Feyereisen, CEO, Aladtec Inc., Hudson, WI. “Our products automate the mundane and error prone aspects of crew scheduling and workforce management, allowing our customers to focus on their priority – the communities they serve.”
While at the conference Aladtec staff hopes to connect with many of their Illinois customers. They will also offer guided demos of their Aladtec system and sign agencies up for a free trial offer at the conference.
Supporting Quotes from Aladtec Illinois Customers:
“We reduced scheduling time by at least 12 hours for each schedule and we cut our payroll processing time by approximately 100 hours every month because we are able to export the payroll data from our Aladtec system. Also, the accuracy of our payroll increased, since we weren’t keying in the payroll data by hand anymore. Employees are much happier when they’re getting paid the correct amount and bosses are happier when you’re not overpaying people!”
-Mike Majercik, Battalion Chief, McHenry Township Fire Protection District, Illinois
“Since using Aladtec my scheduling time has been cut in half. The system is also great because now I can see who’s available every day, all the positions, their scheduled hours, and I can set parameters on certain hours they can work.”
-John Bergeron, Deputy Chief of Operations, Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department, Roscoe, Illinois
“We save at least two to three hours every day. That adds up to between 60 and 90 hours a month! Probably half of that time is saved by not having to fill overtime slots by calling, texting or emailing. With Aladtec, we send out a shift availability notice and staff can pick-up the shift from wherever they are through the Internet. We can see when they last worked overtime, so we can quickly and easily choose who gets the OT shift. Now, we have almost gone completely paperless in our daily work…and, we are saving a lot of trees!”
-Chad Williams, Lieutenant, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, Woodstock, Illinois
“I am amazed at how simple and easy the Aladtec system is. The time savings is unbelievable. I cut my phone calling time into a third of what it used to be. The sign up feature is so easy, on any computer, anywhere that you have computer access. The response from our team is “we really like it”. I like the report function also, at the end of the month your hours are totaled for you. Nate has been great with introducing this program to us. It is time effective and very inexpensive. We love it.”
-Deb Klages, former Lieutenant, Pecatonica Fire Protection District, Pecatonica, Illinois
“In an effort to reduce the time it took to create the schedule, and eliminate the associated printing costs, I started looking for a scheduling program that would be compatible to our needs and found Aladtec was what we were looking for. The old way I scheduled made it very difficult for anyone but me to do it. A benefit to our members is all 70 of them have access to the schedule in real time through the Internet.”
-Timothy Fairfield, Assistant Chief, Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District, Yorkville, Illinois
“We have 54 firefighters from ages 18-60. Not all of them are comfortable with computers, but they were all able to be trained on Aladtec and easily transitioned to the new scheduling program. Every firefighter at our department is able to use this program and it was easy to implement.”
-Kristin Wexell, Administrative Assistant, Braidwood Fire Department, Braidwood, Illinois
“Several other departments were using Aladtec and they were happy with the ease of use. I was unable to find another product that could do the job that Aladtec does. The other systems were too complex.”
-Greg Migacz, Lieutenant and IT Administrator, Fox Lake Fire Protection District, Fox Lake, Illinois
About Aladtec: They proudly provide online employee scheduling and workforce management software to nearly 1,500 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.