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Montrose Fire Protection District Sizzles With ScheduleSoft; Fire Department Extinguishes Scheduling Dilemmas.



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MONTROSE Montrose, town (1991 pop. 12,127), Angus, NE Scotland, on the North Sea at the mouth of the South Esk River. Open to water on three sides, it is a spacious resort town, with flax and jute mills, boat yards, fruit canneries, and a fishing industry. , Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 10, 2000

ScheduleSoft(R) today announced that Montrose Fire Department in Montrose has adopted ScheduleSoft's 24 x 7 multi-shift scheduling software.

The rules-based, point-and-click point-and-click
adj. Computer Science
Allowing the activation of commands by moving the cursor over certain areas or icons and clicking a pointing device: a webpage with point-and-click access to other sites. 
 scheduling software makes it easy for the department to ensure that fire and emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services'  are available around the clock.

The Montrose Fire Department coordinates emergency services for roughly 24,000 people scattered Scattered

Used for listed equity securities. Unconcentrated buy or sell interest.
 throughout Montrose County. As fire chief, Bob Pistor's most important responsibility is to ensure that fire and emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This requires long-term Long-term

Three or more years. In the context of accounting, more than 1 year.


long-term

1. Of or relating to a gain or loss in the value of a security that has been held over a specific length of time. Compare short-term.
 planning, schedule juggling, and last-minute changes when workers take sick or have emergencies of their own.

Until recently, Chief Pistor did most of his scheduling on hand-written calendars. Scheduling was a time-consuming task that invited mistakes.

"The majority of my time was spent working on the schedule," Pistor said. "My focus as Chief should be to maintain emergency services, not to schedule them."

Pistor's relief came in the form of ScheduleSoft's easy-to-use, point-and-click scheduling software. Through its step-by-step interview process, the program enabled Pistor to customize the application for his scheduling needs.

Using information supplied by Pistor, ScheduleSoft creates a staffing database based upon group size and skill requirements for each job, and the skill base of each individual firefighter. ScheduleSoft then creates a rules database to implement priorities for shift demand, minimum time between shifts, seniority, and other factors important to the department.

ScheduleSoft now generates electronic calendars for Pistor by date-range, individual, or other user-furnished criteria. Shift managers can also access the schedule when the chief is not around, which spares Pistor those midnight calls.

"Schedule Soft allows me to schedule the whole year quickly and with fewer mistakes," remarked Pistor. "Whereas I used to spend two thirds of my time re-working the schedule, I can now focus on providing quality, quick-response services around the clock and that's the way I like it."

ScheduleSoft is the most versatile, easy-to-use shift scheduling software on the market. Unlike conventional cut-and-paste scheduling spreadsheets The following is a list of spreadsheets. Freeware/open source software
Online spreadsheets

Main article: List of online spreadsheets
  • EditGrid [1]
  • Simple Spreadsheet [2]
  • wikiCalc
, ScheduleSoft uses a rules-based decision-making decision-making,
n the process of coming to a conclusion or making a judgment.

decision-making, evidence-based,
n a type of informal decision-making that combines clinical expertise, patient concerns, and evidence gathered from
 system that makes it easy to accommodate complex, constantly changing, and conflicting workplace scheduling needs. ScheduleSoft's step-by-step installment process enables managers to quickly configure See configuration.

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 ScheduleSoft for their work environment without the need for costly site programming. The software also offers flexible reporting facilities, security features and compatibility with other personnel management tools and databases.

ScheduleSoft is readily adaptable a·dapt·a·ble  
adj.
Capable of adapting or of being adapted.



a·dapta·bil
 to a wide range of hourly and shift-based work environments with anywhere from a handful of employees to tens of thousands of employees. It is used in industries such as law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, emergency crews, manufacturing, hotels, custodial, retail, restaurants, transportation, telecommunications Communicating information, including data, text, pictures, voice and video over long distance. See communications. , utilities and radio/TV stations.

More on ScheduleSoft

ScheduleSoft is a leading provider of shift scheduling software. Founded in 1996 as an outgrowth of a research project at the University of Wisconsin Wisconsin, state, United States
Wisconsin (wĭskŏn`sən, –sĭn), upper midwestern state of the United States. It is bounded by Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, from which it is divided by the Menominee
, ScheduleSoft provides a smart, flexible, easy-to-use alternative to traditional pencil-and-paper shift scheduling. ScheduleSoft is used by companies in a variety of industries, including government, telecommunications, health care, law enforcement, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and utilities.

For more information about ScheduleSoft's multi-shift scheduling software, visit the company's Web site at http://www.ScheduleSoft.com.

ScheduleSoft(R) is a registered trademark.
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