What is the eCal app?
The “Emergency Calendar (eCal)” iPhone Application was developed to create and display any type of shift calendar used by fire and emergency medical services. The Emergency Calendar is unique in that it allows the user to personally customize their shift schedule — whether it’s a 2/4, 4/6, 48/96, or any other Platoon/Kelly combination. All proceeds will go to support Trek Medics.
If you have not yet updated since we re-released eCal for iOS7, you may have to delete and re-install the app.
The Emergency Calendar will create any Kelly/Platoon schedule by using the repeating pattern unique to their specific schedule. For that reason, it is important that the User only includes one complete Rotation/Cycle when creating their calendar.
2/4 Kelly = 12-day Rotation/Cycle (LA County, OCFA)
3/4 Kelly = 9-day Rotation/Cycle (LA City, San Jose)
4/6 Kelly = 24-day Rotation/Cycle (SD County, San Bernardino)
48/96 Platoon = 6-day Rotation/Cycle (Santa Barbara City, Albuquerque)
Please DO NOT attempt to schedule by week, month or single “go-around”, as these do not reflect the pattern that determines each schedule.
Emergency Calendar Basics
1. MAIN SCREEN
To get to the EDIT CALENDARS view, press the third button at the bottom of the screen. The pre-existing calendars will show up in a list.
2. EDIT / ADD CALENDARS
You can delete calendars, change their position by dragging them, or select them to edit. You can add a new calendar to the list by clicking the ADD CALENDAR button to the bottom right.
3. ADD / CREATE A NEW CALENDAR
To CREATE A CUSTOM CALENDAR, first enter the calendar NAME in the top text field. To customize the schedule, select the START button and then click the start date of the first day of a given cycle. Then select the END button and click on the last date of a single, completed cycle. (For example, 2/4 Kelly = 12 total days; 4/6 Kelly = 24 total days; 48/96 Platoon = 6 total days.) Once you have selected the Start and End Dates, the Start date will be highlighted in green, the End date will be highlighted in red, and the dates in between will be highlighted in yellow. To configure the appropriate colors for their respective shifts, select a color at the bottom of the screen and then click on the corresponding dates in the pattern. Once the colors are filled in, SAVE the calendar. When you return to the original calendar list, you will see it has been added to the list of other calendars. To view the new calendar, click the VIEW CALENDARS button at the bottom left of the window. The schedule you made will be repeated throughout the calendar.
(Note: It is advisable that you delete any calendar that will not be used in order to ensure that the calendar you have created will be the first one to appear when opening the application.)
4. ADD A NOTE
To ADD A NOTE, select the appropriate DATE for the note and then press the “+” button. Choose between the TITLE, START DATE, REPEAT and DESCRIPTION buttons to edit the corresponding data. Press the DONE button and the note will be added to the calendar. Dates with added Notes will be designated by a Dot. When that Date is clicked on, the respective Note will be displayed on the table below the calendar.
To EDIT A NOTE, select the desired note from the table below the calendar. An EDIT NOTE view will appear allowing you to change the data of the note. A DELETE button will appear at the bottom of the view allowing you to remove the note from the calendar. (Note: Deleting one instance of a repeating note will remove all instances of that note.)
5. ADD A LABEL
VERSION 1.8 has added a LABEL menu option to add “Overtime”, “Pay Day”, “Shift Trade” and other similar labels. When you add a label, it appears as a note in the main calendar view and also adds a corresponding symbol to the calendar date – e.g., $ = Pay Day, OT = Overtime etc.