Request for information: creating an e-learning community

Published:  15 December, 2009

The IAFC is requesting that interested organizations provide information that will help the IAFC as it develops an RFP to create an electronic learning community. This new community will be targeted specifically at volunteer and combination fire and EMS departments across the nation and more generally to the fire and EMS community as a whole.

Project Background Information

The Hydrogen Fuels Training and Education Research and Outreach Project is part of an ongoing partnership between the IAFC and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; the project is funded by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

The project¹s objective is to research and examine distance-learning training systems and strategies focused on hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell technologies to prepare for the potential design and implementation of a hazardous materials distance-learning training system.

Through this RFI, the IAFC is looking for assistance and guidance with understanding current distance-learning training systems. Specifically, the IAFC is interested in understanding more about existing systems that leverage technology, such as web-based, self-paced learning.

The IAFC is focused on learning systems that are flexible, robust and interesting and can cater to a range of learning styles. The IAFC is open to creative-training strategies that can accommodate diverse schedule and location requirements.

In response to this RFI, please:

Describe available distance-learning training capabilities and services to include:
Capabilities and learning system features with a focus on distance-learning environments Explanation of how the capabilities and learning system are robust and interesting, provide an environment for flexibility and cater to a range of learning styles Project management services Describe the full range of services provided by your organization, ranging from time and materials to the complete development of a distance-learning system Identify the time needed for each of the service packages described Describe your organization¹s willingness to allow the IAFC to own the learning system outright upon completion Please submit your written comments by January 15, 2010, by email to or by postal mail to:

Veronique Schaffrath
International Association of Fire Chiefs
4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22033

Participation in this RFI is not required to respond to any subsequent procurement the purchasing agency may take. Neither the purchasing agency nor the interested party responding has any obligation under the request for information.

If you have questions, contact Veronique Schaffrath (703-273-9815 x325).

Clarifications of this RFI provided in response to one party¹s inquiries will be made available to all responding parties.

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