Envisage Ready to Launch FirstForward Network for Public Safety Professionals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With the initial phase of
development completed, Envisage Technologies is ready to launch a new
professional learning network designed exclusively for first responders.

FirstForward is a secure platform where first responders such as law enforcement
officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel can share their
expertise, collaborate, and access the latest tools and training they need to do
their jobs.

Created by Envisage Technologies, a leader in public safety technology, the
FirstForward network will be launched privately to a select group of police,
fire and EMS departments. A national roll-out is slated for 2015 to include
Envisage’s existing base of over 500,000 first responders who use the company’s
Acadis Readiness Suite to track training and compliance.

“Our primary goal is to provide tools that help first responders across the
Nation connect and collaborate with each other,” said Ari Vidali, CEO of
Envisage. “We want to make it simple for a firefighter or police officer to
connect. We want them to be able to discuss crucial topics, access the
collective knowledge of their peers and celebrate the stories of heroism and
compassion common among all first responders.”

FirstForward will verify members who join the network, issuing digital badges
based on their discipline and work status. This careful stewardship of community
membership will enable secure “badge to badge” communication between individual
officers and allow departments to protect content from unauthorized access.

Introducing the Industry’s First LearningCloud
“Training is of vital importance in these high-risk professions. We wanted to
make access to training as easy as downloading music from the iTunes store,”
said Vidali. “The FirstForward model changes everything and challenges how we
think about access to learning content in the industry.”

Police and emergency departments often subscribe to multiple training catalogs
over the course of their careers. Separately, these catalogs may lack courses
vital to public safety professionals.

FirstForward features the industry’s first LearningCloud, designed to aggregate
the best training content from top vendors into an online library that makes
every course available for individual learning. Through the LearningCloud,
training coordinators will be able to purchase and download only the training
they need, mixing selected online courses from different provider catalogs to
create the best training program for their department.

An Ambitious Vision for the First Responder Community
The only way to remain a first responder is to come home alive. As FirstForward
evolves, members will collaborate to teach best practices in a protected online
environment, preparing them for crisis and honoring the everyday heroism bonding
them together.

“Being a first responder is not something you do alone,” said Michelle Cole, COO
of Envisage. “Our vision for FirstForward is to connect first responders to a
much wider support network of training, gear and people – making an amazingly
tough job a little bit easier.”

FirstForward aspires to enable the lifelong learning needed to ensure a public
safety career reaches retirement. As members work to advance their careers,
FirstForward will maintain a training history of all completed courses and work
with trusted vendors to give first responders access to life-saving gear.
FirstForward will facilitate discussions about crucial topics in public safety,
helping colleagues solve problems together.

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 are federal law enforcement agencies,
including the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and many state law
enforcement and public safety organizations (EnvisageNow.com).

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnvisageNow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnvisageNow

About the Acadis Readiness Suite
The Acadis Readiness Suite is designed to make certain that our law enforcement,
military, and emergency services are trained, equipped and ready to respond. 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. Acadis embodies
a single, powerful idea: To make certain our first responders come home alive.

About FirstForward
As the nation’s first professional learning network for public safety,
FirstForward creates a space where first responders can connect with their
peers, collaborate and access the professional training and gear they need to do
their jobs and come home alive. FirstForward celebrates and honors the stories
of heroism and compassion common to all first responders. (FirstForward.com)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/1stForward






Learn more by visiting www.EnvisageNow.com or calling 888-313-8324.

Media Contact:
Kevin Makice

SOURCE Envisage Technologies

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