Envisage Technologies Training Suite Selected by State of Ohio Fire Marshal
BLOOMINGTON, IN (September 5, 2013) – Envisage Technologies, a Bloomington, Indiana-based high-technology firm, announced today that it was awarded a multi-year contract by the State of Ohio Fire Marshal (OSFM). Based on evaluation of competitive bids, OSFM chose the Acadis® Readiness Suite to replace its legacy AS400 training and compliance management system. Envisage will also provide custom integration services with its partner, Ventech Solutions, an Ohio-based software development firm.
The system will be used to track approximately 80,000 firefighters and emergency management/medical personnel and 1,200 emergency response agencies throughout the state. This includes support of the entire hire-to-retire process to ensure each responder is in compliance with Ohio’s certification requirements. Further, with Acadis Inventory, OSFM has visibility into all emergency response assets, increasing their readiness and situational awareness.
Alan Shellhause, Chief Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Commerce stated, “Envisage Technologies provides a unique enterprise solution designed specifically for emergency responder certification and training management. Their software allows us to implement a unified solution to support the Fire Marshal, the Ohio Fire Academy, our constituent agencies, and our emergency response personnel through a secure state-wide portal. This will not only save us significant costs in paper-based certification and training processes, but also provide us with accurate information about our emergency response assets, which is vital during a critical incident.”
“We have been in need of an upgrade for some time and are looking forward to automating our fire academy processes,” said Dana Smith, Superintendent of the Ohio Fire Academy. “It is great to work with a company that understands the specific needs of first responder academies. We have to manage specific compliance, training, scheduling, registration, housing, and testing processes that are unique and Envisage demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of our environment.”
“We are honored to add the State Ohio Fire Marshal to our rapidly growing customer base,” stated Cory Myers, Vice President of Homeland Security for Envisage. “OSFM personnel have been fantastic to work with and truly understand how to use technology to lower operating costs and increase their support to firefighters across the state.”
“Like many other states, Ohio is going through a transformation led by forward thinking leaders and supportive technologists,” said Ari Vidali, Envisage CEO. “As the first established Fire Marshal in the Nation, they have a wealth of wisdom and history. We are honored to have been chosen to support such a prestigious organization and look forward to incorporating what we learn from them in future releases of our award-winning software.”
The State of Ohio State Fire Marshal
Ohio’s Division of State Fire Marshal, located in Reynoldsburg, is the oldest established office of its kind in the United States. It consists of eight bureaus: Administration, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation (BUSTR), Code Enforcement, Fire Prevention, Forensic Laboratory, Investigation Bureau, Ohio Fire Academy, and Testing and Registration.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has worked extensively in the areas of Incident Command and Management, Weapons of Mass Destruction training, and personnel protection equipment for all of Ohio’s first responders, including fire, EMS, law enforcement, health, and public works.
The SFM also is responsible for modernizing, promulgating and enforcing the Ohio Fire Code; designing and presenting fire prevention programs; analyzing fire-related criminal evidence; investigating the cause and origin of fires and explosions; training firefighters; providing fire safety education to business, industry and the general public; regulating underground storage tanks; testing and training; and licensing and certification support services.
Envisage is a high tech software company founded in 2001 to automate complex training operations for high liability industries. We create solutions that make our world a safer place. Our clients include military commands, federal law enforcement academies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and many state law enforcement and public safety organizations (www.envisagenow.com).
About the Acadis Readiness Suite
The Acadis Readiness Suite is designed to make certain that our law enforcement, emergency responders and military are trained, equipped and ready. The Suite measures readiness by automating complex, high-risk training and compliance operations. Acadis increases the accuracy and effectiveness across every level of critical incident response by consolidating information about personnel and resources. The modular system enables organizations to implement functionality where needed to support the compliance lifecycle.