WHAT'S NEXT FOR MEYERFIRE
In 2020, I asked many people about what's next.
The question was - what do you need to be successful? What can I create to help that happen?
I thought the answer was going to be cheatsheets (who doesn't love cheatsheets?). Or software tools. Or forum updates.
It wasn't any of those things.
What I kept hearing, over and over, from fire marshals, from contractors, and from engineers - was how much everyone was struggling to train their inexperienced staff.
Covid changed a lot of things about the workforce.
What we used to rely on for training where the new person gets the cube next to the senior-level person - those days are mostly gone. We don't 'overhear' conversations anymore. We don't pull people into the conference room to get a learning opportunity.
The workforce now has different challenges than it did just four years ago.
Remote work. A huge loss of experienced staff. A younger-generation coming in with higher expectations of being trained and supported. We know it's different. It's obvious.
So around here - we listened. It's really difficult to get new staff off-the-ground. We hire extra hands because we're busy, but because we're busy we can't dedicate experienced staff to train them up. It's "all-hands-on-deck."
And, honestly, conventional training is difficult. It can be expensive. Untimely. Difficult to access. Maybe boring. Lacks daily learning. Lacks the extra resources. Isn't remote-work friendly. Maybe it's one or some or all of those things.
So after hearing and talking around, we build the MeyerFire University platform out of that frustration. There has got to be a 2023 answer to the problem that honestly we've struggled with for a long time now.
How do we create the resources right at the fingertips for those who need it?
How do we create relevant content that actually helps make a difference?
We structured the university content around being accessible, being visual, and hopefully engaging. We added workshops and exercises and simulations and puzzles to help develop skill. We're building and growing it all-the-time, and will be for years to come. There's a lot that we want to cover. We have a long way to go.
THE BIG CHANGE
We continued to listen. "Can we get individual tracking? Individual logins? Can we get this on mobile? Can you make it so we can just hit "continue watching" just like Netflix? Can we download courses and watch them on a plane? Can we get an app?"
I'm extremely excited to share a major change in the experience. We now have all of that. 100%.
We've worked our tails off to make this happen, and it's now live; today. We want this to be an uncompromised best-possible-way to help your team do great things in the fire protection industry. This is a big step in that direction.
For those on MeyerFire University - here are three new links (all free - no extra cost):
The New website: www.meyerfireuniversity.com
The New iOS App: MeyerFire on App Store
The New Android App: MeyerFire on Google Play
Access the content anywhere using the new login - no additional cost for the app or new site.
We're extremely excited about what this will allow us to create going forward, and my hope is that it will make a positive difference in helping you do great work.
Here's some clips - full disclaimer: fake people, real app: (if you don't see images below, click here)
If you're a MeyerFire University user, download now for free with the links above.
If you'd like to get live pricing for MeyerFire University, or see what courses we have today, visit: www.meyerfireuniversity.com.
We could not be more excited to bring this to life. Thanks for reading and for being a part of the community here!
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Joe Meyer, PE, is a Fire Protection Engineer out of St. Louis, Missouri who writes & develops resources for Fire Protection Professionals. See bio here: About