Ventura County Fire Department Trains for Emergencies with Cornerstone
Cornerstone helps Ventura County Fire Department serve its community through online learning and performance management
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – May 2, 2019 – Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software, is helping Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) prepare its firefighters and employees to anticipate and respond to the dynamic public safety needs of its diverse community.
The department has more than 650 employees across 33 stations and facilities and serves nearly half a million people in seven cities as well as in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. The diverse geographical makeup of the county requires VCFD to be a full-service, all hazard agency trained in everything from fighting fires to responding to medical emergencies, traffic accidents, land and water rescues, hazardous materials calls, environmental hazards, and a variety of public service requests.
Every day, VCFD responds to more than 130 service calls ranging from medical emergencies, traffic collisions, structure fires and wildfires. Using the Cornerstone Learning Suite, VCFD eliminated the need for its previous paper-based curriculum and brought training online with the intent of bridging communication gaps, providing consistent training and enhancing accessibility. Now, firefighters can access important learning content any time of day from their mobile devices or computer no matter their location.
In this heavily regulated industry, firefighters train daily in a variety of areas to be prepared for the next emergency call. For this reason, VCFD employs a blended learning approach, including instructor-led training, on-the-job training, eLearning, simulations and crowd-sourced training, among other modalities. This provides firefighters with the flexibility to train in the field or whenever possible at their local station in between emergency calls and daily responsibilities.
Since implementing Cornerstone in 2014, VCFD has been able to log training hours more efficiently, expedite reporting, and ensure accurate tracking of completion and compliance. Last year alone, VCFD completed more than 209,000 training hours and created nearly 9,000 ad hoc training sessions through Cornerstone.
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“Streamlining training and career development through Cornerstone has provided consistent training to our firefighters, as well as better communication with our employees who work at various locations and have different on duty schedules,” said Deputy Fire Chief Dustin Gardner, Ventura County Fire Department. “Firefighters have a diverse and unique skillset that requires a tremendous amount of specialized training each year. That training is important because lives depend on it. Cornerstone has enhanced our ability to capture and deliver mission critical training through an online learning management system that’s easy to access any time of day and provides a range of online courses.”
“The Ventura County Fire Department plays a huge role in its community and works day in and day out to ensure the safety of its citizens,” said Chris Stewart, senior vice president of global client success, Cornerstone. “We feel honored to work alongside the women and men of the Ventura County Fire Department and provide them with the technology they need to be able to perform their jobs better and provide the highest level of service to their community.”