Firefighter Joshua Jonas, Alachua County Fire Rescue Firefighter of the Year for 2014 is a member who has become the expert in a software program that was implemented 7-8 years ago that has kept the process of making sure all fire and rescue units are appropriately staffed at all times. Given the number of variables that impact that process, Firefighter Jonas’ work is critical.
Firefighter Jonas has been employed by ACFR for the past 12 years. During that time he has completed training in Urban Search and Rescue as well as completing Driver Operator training (resulted in being the first in the promotional process) and obtaining his state certification. He was instrumental in the purchase, development, training and use of the department’s scheduling program and continues to be the department’s authority on this innovative program. Use of the program has streamlined the department’s scheduling practices, ensuring an equitable distribution of overtime and more flexible scheduling practices. This has resulted in a cost savings for the citizens of Alachua County. The information within the program has helped determine appropriate staffing levels and increased hiring.
Firefighter Jonas has also taken an active role in the department by mentoring and training new employees as well as assisting those wishing to promote. He has provided solutions to station supply issues decreasing time involved in this process, helping to avoid the errors that cause overstocking which has in turn resulted in cost savings. Firefighter Jonas works tirelessly to not only perform the duties required of his job but to offer ideas and solutions that will improve upon the work process within the organization.