Infographics launches FireWatch v7.6

7th March 2016

FireWatch v7.6 drives business transformation with support for new crewing models and contractual working arrangements, and a range of additional features

INFOGRAPHICS UK LTD. has launched a major new release of FireWatch®, the #1 Enterprise Resource Management Solution for the UK Fire and Rescue Service (FRS).

FireWatch can integrate and streamline disjointed data, management information and processes to increase efficiency, boost station ‘up time’, and improve staff performance, competency and data quality.

V7.6 delivers extensions to multiple modules and strengthens support for new, more flexible ways of working being widely adopted across the FRS and other emergency services.

FireWatch v7.6 highlights include:

Improved Availability/Resource Management:

  • Flexible/optimised resource usage with support for appliance availability modelling based on wholetime, retained or mixed contract types
  • Detach seamlessly between wholetime and retained groups to meet shortfall needs
  • Ability to model varied appliance attributes/needs (appliance sizes, co-responders etc.)
  • Monitor minute-to-minute availability status: view across a whole organisation, observe specific locations, or focus on individual levels – all of which can be accessed from anywhere including your Smartphone or Tablet via ‘responsive’ Web applications

Enhanced Standard Mobilisation system integrations:

  • Improve mobilisation data, and streamline processes, with roles, skills and availability data ‘pushed’ to Mob systems – with incident data received back to complete the ‘loop’

Increased support for flexible management of Human Resources:

  • Implement new working arrangements with the confidence you can monitor and manage staff with hours or shifts worked against annualised targets and ‘run rates’
  • Reduce administration with automatically accrued and reduced holiday entitlements based on the rota codes within the Availability Module (such as ‘stand ins’)
  • Benefit from additional features such as employee photo, pension fund recording, grievance and other data recording & reporting fields
  • Enhancements to recruitment, including disclosure information, ability to add electronic attachments, agency contact cards and reporting on candidate sources

Improved Accuracy and Employee Engagement across Training & Development: 

  • Improve accuracy of competency data with an ability to manage skills on a parent-child module structure with inherited repeat periods
  • Increase employee ownership with Self/Reflective Assessment workflow processes

Russell Wood, Commercial Manager at Infographics, said: “Fire Services all over the UK are trying to adapt quickly to meet efficiency requirements. To do so, they’ve introduced new contractual arrangements, crewing models, more varied appliance and staff attributes, and are engaging in greater collaboration with other Emergency Services.

“These changes to working practices, and the greater focus on improved operational and financial performance, mean it is no longer feasible for Fire and Rescue Services to run inefficient, loosely-integrated internal IT systems, as these create a barrier to the business transformation the sector is trying to achieve.

“We have also seen that where Fire and Rescue Services have attempted to extend existing generic HR or ERP systems these are now no longer able to keep pace with the rate of change, or specialist functionality, their clients need.

“Infographics has worked extremely hard and collaborated closely with existing clients to ensure that FireWatch is able to support Fire and Rescue Services in meeting the latest challenges of business transformation.”

FireWatch is already used by around one-third of UK Fire and Rescue Services, and recent case studies have proven it to deliver significant improvements to data quality and operational risk, cost savings of up to £1.5m, and operational efficiency improvements of up to 40%.

It provides a strategic framework for the enterprise-level planning and management of: Human Capital Management, Workforce Planning, Fleet & Asset Management, Health & Safety, Occupational Health, Reporting & Analysis, Workflow & Task Management, Fire Safety/Protection, and other areas – all designed to meet Fire and Rescue Service needs.