Battalion Chief Matt Barnes of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District (Calif.) considers himself a student of lifelong learning, so serving as his department’s training officer for the last 15 years has been a natural fit. Searching for a way to simplify his department’s training and documentation, Barnes implemented Vector Solutions’ powerful online management and recordkeeping software years ago.
As an incentivized bonus, when it came time for the typically dreaded ISO audit, Barnes’s preparation with the platform paid off tenfold. In fact, some might even say the ISO results were anticlimactic. “They basically took my information and said ‘thank you,’” Barnes recalled.
Utilizing Vector Solutions’ ready-made training package specifically built to cover the five categories tracked for ISO fire department training (Driver, Officer, Hazmat, Company, Facilities), Barnes was able to organize his department’s training without any hassle.
“It helped me when I did all the analysis and the data push to ISO by
all the categories that Vector Solutions has, the five categories, the
facilities, HAZMAT, company training, officer training, driver training.”
Matt Barnes, Battalion Chief Southern Marin Fire Protection District (CA)
“I knew I hit the mark on each of those categories,” said Barnes. “I was anticipating a much more rigorous type of review but I think based off of the pre-built Vector Solutions categories, I was able to give specific hours for those categories and it helped a tremendous amount.”
Barnes recently accepted the Vanguard Award, which goes each year to someone who exemplifies dedication in the delivery of fire department training. Boasting a decade’s worth of experience maximizing the platform, Barnes was an ideal choice. How did Vector Solutions help with your ISO review? “It helped me when I did all the analysis and the data push to ISO by all the categories that Vector Solutions has, the five categories, the facilities, HAZMAT, company training, officer training, driver training.”