Changing with the Times

One thing I’ve learned in the 25 years since our business was launched is that I am always learning and at times need a good refresher course to keep my skills sharp. There have been countless changes, advances and innovations in fire and security technology since 1994—at lightning speed in recent years—and I’ve made myself stay on top of things. I’ve made sure Brothers Fire & Security stays on top of things too.

It’s absolutely without a doubt necessary for businesses to change with the times. As that wise old philosopher Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” (The old man sure was a shrewd businessman for 400 B.C.)

Building the new is just what Brothers Fire & Security is doing. How are we doing it? We’ve embraced eLearning.

With over 6,000 clients, we are always asked if we can offer training in a wide variety of areas. One of the challenges our clients face is how to keep their staff trained on fire and security issues and how to be ready to handle any emergency or react to ever evolving threats. We have always provided one-on-one training, but we realized that we can help more clients if we build an online training platform.

Build It and They Will Come

Part of our 2020 strategic vision is to launch the Life Safety Made Simple Online Academy. Our goal is to build a training platform for our clients that’s specifically focused on life safety issues. Through our online courses you will have the convenience of providing training and certifying staff based on your needs when you need it. You can integrate fire and safety training with onboarding new hires, promotions and staff changes. The Academy offers single purchase, volume discounts and annual certifications for employee records. Our research shows clearly that the more employees are engaged and familiar with emergency situations the more apt they are to take positive action.

Courses going online soon include:

  • How to Use a Fire Extinguisher (for different industries)
  • Know Your Equipment and Emergency Planning
  • How to Build an Effective Safety Plan
  • Training Your Effective Safety Plan
  • How to Manage Card Access

Course Curriculum Categories and Options

For an example of our training, let’s take a look at the eLearning course on fire extinguisher use. A basic tool in a fire emergency, extinguishers can prevent major catastrophes, but only if you know how to operate one correctly. The course will teach:

  • Fire myths and realities
  • The Fire Triangle and how fire works
  • How to become an informed fire extinguisher user
  • Parts of the fire extinguisher and what they are used for
  • The right and wrong way to use a fire extinguisher
  • Types of fires and which fire extinguishers to use effectively
  • Basic firefighting concepts of P.A.S.S. (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep) and Stop, Drop and Roll
  • Life-saving steps to take if there’s a fire

You’ll get a handsome certificate of completion at the end of each course. Don’t be modest about these accomplishments—show them off! Prominently display the certificates in your business for employees, potential employees, vendors and clients to see. The certificates will give everyone confidence that you are on top of fire and security issues. I’d call it the Wall of Excellence in Life Safety Education.

The Life Safety Made Simple Online Academy is another value-added way that Brothers Fire & Security can ensure the safety of your business and its people. As your partner, we want to make it easier for you to keep your staff trained. Let us take care of the training so you can take care of your business.

To learn more about the Academy, call 800-607-2767.

About Brothers Fire & Security

As one of the premier providers of fire and security solutions in the Upper Midwest, Brothers Fire & Security strives to build long-term, value-added relationships. We work with business owners and property management companies, as well as all types of public institutions to solve fire and security needs. By taking advantage of our integrated bundled services, many of our clients find that they can save 25-30% on their safety services, annual inspections and more. From a single location to franchises throughout the region and the country, our integrated approach saves our clients valuable time, money and stress. We provide fire protection systems, security systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, 24-7 monitoring, fire extinguishers, card access and kitchen hoods. And coming soon, our new Online Academy: Life Safety — Made Simple. Discover eLearning courses designed to help you get and keep your staff trained and your business fire and security code compliant.