GeoLearning, Inc., a provider of ASP-hosted human capital management and development (HCMD) solutions, has announced a three-year contract with the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety on behalf of New Jersey's Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force to deliver first responder training to police, fire, and emergency personnel using the GeoMaestro learning management platform. In addition to providing an infrastructure for the dissemination of public safety-related training to first responders throughout the state, GeoLearning's Internet-hosted platform will be used to manage competencies, skills development, employee selection, and succession planning related to homeland security.
The primary objective of New Jersey's initiative is to deploy the most current disaster response training to 145,000 Emergency First Responders in the State spanning 23 police academies, 18 fire academies and 212 other eligible training organizations. The GeoMaestro platform will create a "Virtual Academy" to manage student training records, identify training deficiencies, and certify training compliance and readiness among New Jersey's municipalities and counties. The Virtual Academy's course catalog will list all training available to the first responder community from sources including colleges, the Red Cross, and local police and fire academies.
The initiative's secondary goal is to provide, at both a state and local level, an up-to-date list of available trained personnel that can be identified and deployed quickly in the event of a crisis situation. The GeoLearning system will track all training deliver modes, including elearning and classroom-based, compiling attendance and performance records to create a database upon which emergency management teams can rely to plan for and respond to disasters.
GeoLearning's Professional Services Group will help the State define first responder job profiles and behavioral and technical competencies. These profiles and competencies will then be managed by CompetencyPlus, a modular component of the GeoMaestro system that will link individual competency gaps to learning and development, and create a central repository of resources and associated skill sets for proactive selection and succession planning.