EMS1 Acquires EVALS to Expand Training Management Capabilities in Emergency Medical Services and Beyond

Combination extends the EMS1 Academy LMS platform and content library with the leading tool for in-person skills development and tracking

Thursday, October 19, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – EMS1, one of the leading websites serving the emergency medical services community, and Praetorian Digital, EMS1’s parent company, today announced it has acquired EVALS, the leader in tracking skills development and field training in EMS organizations and fire departments nationwide. EVALS will immediately be added to Praetorian’s online training portfolio, which includes EMS1 Academy and FireRescue1 Academy.

The combination creates the first complete training management solution for EMS providers that combines online learning content, training workflow and training event management with skills development tracking. Agencies will be able to address the full spectrum of their training needs, from online course delivery and credential tracking to managing their field training with video accountability and mobile app-based forms and taskbooks.

EVALS will be immediately available to EMS1 Academy online learning clients at a special rate through single sign-on (SSO) functionality, with further integration planned. EVALS customers will likewise have the option to add EMS1 Academy content and LMS features.

“EMS agencies nationwide have increasingly been requesting tools to manage and track their field training – a significant pain point that continues to be managed through paper-based solutions in many agencies. We are thrilled to expand our ability to meet their needs with the addition of EVALS to our platform,” said Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian Digital and EMS1. “Along with the EVALS team, we’re committed to delivering high-quality training tools and content that help departments and their personnel be fully prepared, better protect their communities, and come home safe.”

Based in Sacramento, CA, EVALS was founded in 2013 by Captain Matt Cole of Sacramento Metro Fire to address the workflow and tracking challenges he was experiencing day-to-day delivering skills-based training at his department. He developed EVALS though a grassroots effort, bringing together many of the leading fire instructors in California and applying the latest concepts in software as a service (SaaS) and mobile technology.

The result was a solution that enables instructors to set clear expectations, create supporting documentation, eliminate paper-based task books and more effectively measure performance in the field to maximize real-time training opportunities. Shortly after launch, EVALS was adopted by organizations outside of EMS, including several in law enforcement, utilities, the fire service and college education, who saw the benefit and the applicability of its features.

“There is a huge skills gap that needs to be bridged in our country. Nowhere is this more critical than in public safety,” said Matt Cole, Co-Founder of EVALS. “By merging EVALS with the quality content and training management tools within EMS1’s online training and media platforms, we’ll be able to provide a very unique training solution and take ‘Plan/Do/Reflect’ learning to the next level across multiple industries.”

For more information on the joint solution, click here.

About EMS1

EMS1 is the #1 online resource for EMS paramedics, EMTs and medical director and is part of Praetorian Digital, the leading online media company for public safety and local government. Our industry leading Academy Online Learning Platform offers more than 275 hours of EMS CE credits and we’ve secured over $150 million for departments through our Grant Assistance Program. Our mission is to use technology and digital media to help first responders stay safe while protecting their communities.

About Praetorian Digital

Praetorian Digital is the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market, with a suite of properties dedicated to the distribution of trusted information that helps first responders and government officials better protect and serve their communities. We run a robust network of media sites dedicated to providing up to date news, analysis and training information, including Police1 FireRescue1, EMS1, Corrections1 and Gov1.

Praetorian Digital also has a thriving Online Learning division, which provides critical training to departments, agencies and other organizations via PoliceOneAcademy.com, FireRescue1Academy.com, EMS1Academy.com, CorrectionsOneAcademy.com and LocalGovU.com, with more Academies in the works for 2017 and beyond.

Praetorian also operates a Grant Services division that works closely with departments and companies in the public safety and local government markets. To date, the division has assisted in more than $100 million in secured grant funding for departments.

For more information on Praetorian Digital, visit www.praetoriandigital.com.


Founded in 2013, EVALS was developed out of necessity within the fire service when firefighter Matt Cole paired up with a longtime family friend, software developer Jake Toolson, to help develop a smarter training tool. They started with the idea that there is a better way to administer training in a more transparent and consistent fashion and built the EVALS software into a dynamic skills based Learning Management System. EVALS now works with hundreds of fire, EMS and police as well as public utilities.

For more information on EVALS, visit www.EVALS.net.

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