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TargetSolutions Unveils New Bundle of OSHA Safety Training Courses

TargetSolutions has released 40 brand new OSHA safety training courses that collectively offer more than 35 hours of content designed to keep your organization safe and in compliance.

In response to an increased demand for general Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training courses, TargetSolutions is announcing the release of 40 brand new additions to TargetSolutions’ OSHA catalog. This exciting new bundle, which is written to the federal standard, collectively amasses more than 35 hours of premium training content that features exclusive instructor-led video presentations, complete audio voiceover narration tracks, and engaging multimedia to provide an immersive learning experience.

Some of the titles in this bundle include:

  • General Industry Safety – Hearing Conservation
  • Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Legionella Prevention and Control
  • Incident Reporting and Investigation
  • Electrical and Arc Flash Hazards
  • OSHA Safety: Introduction to Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Occupational Safety Training: Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
  • And many, many more

“Over the past year we’ve received a number of customer requests for additional general OSHA safety training courses, so our Product and Content teams have worked diligently to make that a reality. Covering a range of safety and compliance topics, we believe this new bundle will satisfy the need for additional OSHA content.”

Jennifer Jones, Director of Product & User Experience, TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions’ OSHA safety training catalog now features more than 90 hours of interactive content that is designed to comply with federal and state regulatory agency training mandates. Complete all of your required OSHA compliance training courses online, eliminating the logistic issues inherent in traditional training methods.

Online OSHA safety training courses are available 24/7 and provide flexible learning that can save your organization time and money. In fact, TargetSolutions’ 10 most popular OSHA training courses for 2017 have amassed more than 160,000 total completions.

For more information on this new bundle of OSHA safety training, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

New Enhancements for Managing Training Attendance, Customizing Activities, Mass Managing Credentials

The latest round of updates to TargetSolutions’ online training management system include enhancements designed to improve highly-utilized features in Manage Events, Manage Credentials and Activities Builder. 

TargetSolutions is the industry leader in online training and records management not solely due to its comprehensive catalog and training tools, but also because of the continuous effort to fulfill your organization’s training needs. TargetSolutions prioritizes your feedback to develop impactful change with each platform enhancement. This latest round of updates improves highly-utilized features in Manage Events, Manage Credentials, and Activities Builder, focusing primarily on these new capabilities:

  • Managing event attendance records
  • Allowing multiple resources to be added to an activity
  • Mass manage user credential status changes

Managing Event Attendance Records

Managing events is streamlined with TargetSolutions' latest enhancements.

Managing events is streamlined with TargetSolutions’ latest enhancements.

Optimized functionalities in the Events application simplify managing training attendance and produce more intuitive records. In addition to new components that allow you to take attendance in your created event, these updates also offer the ability to directly access an attendance list.

From there, you have the options to use your generated attendance list to create an attendance record or record completions for an activity. Publishing such a record allows you to share attendance data for an event across the entire platform. The option to use the attendee list to record completions allows you to give users credit for an activity directly from the associated event.

New search functionalities also provide platform managers with greater flexibility when managing training attendance for specific events. Easily find the right event according to its creator, date or location.

Adding Multiple Resources

Enhancements in Activities Builder further customize activities with external files that aim to improve the learning experience. Multiple resources can now be added to activities in a single convenient Resource component. Additionally, instead of first uploading files to the File Center, you can add files to an activity directly from your computer (and select the option to add them to the File Center simultaneously).

Once multiple resources are added, you can edit the instructions and choose an e-signature option for each file.

Mass Managing User Credential Statuses

Mass activation or inactivation is another update in TargetSolutions’ push for mass management capabilities in just a few clicks.

Platform managers can easily update users’ statuses as active or inactive for renewed or completed credentials. The ability to change users’ statuses as a group saves time and improves organization when coordinating new or expired credentials. Once a user is marked inactive, it is easily reversible in the Inactive Users tab – and vice versa.

If you have any questions regarding TargetSolutions’ latest platform enhancements, please check out our help center or contact us today at (800) 840-8048!

The Next Evolution of Firefighter Training

Here’s an updated look into some of TargetSolutions’ firefighter training offerings including new and enhanced courses, testimonials, and health & wellness solutions for the fire service.

TargetSolutions isn’t just a solution for fire department training, it’s the solution. Gone are the days of scavenging through boundless piles of papers and arrived in their place is a simplified best-in-class training solution.

TargetSolutions’ online course catalog is packed with 450 hours of interactive training lessons highlighted by 2017 updates to Wildland Firefighting, a complete ARFF training package, and our award-winning NFPA 1410 Evolutions series. Our content team is constantly patrolling each course in order to apply modernizing updates that integrate video-driven lessons and audio narration along with engaging multimedia and user-friendly interfaces.

Departments across the nation are enjoying the rousing benefits of TargetSolutions’ ISO Training Tracker with success stories richly abound. Oklahoma City Fire Department (OK) powered itself to a Class 1 ISO rating, consolidating all of its original tracking methods into one centralized hub with TargetSolutions’ cutting-edge learning management system. On the flip side, Cherry Hill Fire Department (NJ) implemented TargetSolutions’ powerful online training management system to keep their top ISO classification. What used to take countless amounts of man hours and money in order to organize all of the required documentation was alleviated altogether. “We were using about a dozen different programs to capture what TargetSolutions does for us in one,” said Lieutenant William Riess.fire fighter training

A rising concern in the fire service is the continued emergence of issues relating to poor health and wellness. In the past year, TargetSolutions has proudly developed a pair of new training courses to help combat poor health habits and promote positive wellness strategies. Fire Service Health & Safety Parts I & II explore the interconnected concepts of health and safety and how they relate to the fire service, including specific mention of PTSD as it affects firefighters.

Keep an eye open in 2018 for new content and platform updates.

The innovation never stops at TargetSolutions. To learn more about how our online management system can revitalize your department’s training, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.   

Firefighter Health & Wellness: Sizing Up the Best Fire Rescue Workout Programs

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Although fire departments across the nation are implementing fire rescue workout programs to keep their companies fit and prepared for duty, some are more effective than others. Aaron Zamzow of Fire Rescue Fitness breaks down the key points that every firefighter should keep in mind, including how to succeed when embarking on one of these fire rescue workout programs.

A 26.2-mile marathon awaits you in the morning. You’ve trained six days a week for this excursion, bulking up your pecs, chiseling your biceps, and perfecting your abs. You show up to the marathon with a toned upper body straight out of ancient Roman mythology that would make even the contestants on American Gladiators burn with envy.

One mile into the race you feel your legs tighten as a swarm of lesser-toned runners pass you by. You quizzically wonder where you went wrong; you’re in the best shape of your life but not even a tenth of the way into this thing and the buzzards are already circling. So what went wrong? Although you were in tip-top shape, the reality is you simply didn’t train properly for the physical demands of the challenge at hand.

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Fire Rescue Fitness, owned and operated by Aaron Zamzow, has created a vast collection of fire rescue workout programs designed to keep firefighters “fit for duty.”

Just ask Aaron Zamzow, fitness expert and firefighter for the City of Madison Fire Department and founder of Fire Rescue Fitness, a company that specializes in products, services, and informational blogs with the goal to keep firefighters fit for duty.

When Zamzow first joined the service, he found himself out-muscled, outmaneuvered, and generally out-everything’d despite being the definition of fit. That’s because, as Zamzow recalls, he hadn’t trained for anything that firefighters regularly do. “I’m the Rudy of the fire service. I wasn’t trained for the firefighter work. I was getting beat by out-of-shape firefighters who smoke three packs a day.”

The hard reality is that if firefighters are not prepared for the rigorous physical demands that they’ll encounter on a daily basis, then they’ll soon find themselves just as out of breath and deflated as Zamzow was. For all intents and purposes, firefighters are occupational athletes. Lifting, crawling, pulling, hoisting, carrying; it’s an overtly physical job and there’s a lot to train for. But how firefighters train and prepare for those tasks is what’s so crucial. Tom Brady, for example, will train differently for his job than Serena Williams. Usain Bolt likely won’t be found doing Zumba and LeBron James probably doesn’t have much use for Crossfit. That’s not to say one training regimen is superior to the other, but your workout program should incorporate the movements that will set you up for career success.

Zamzow cites astonishingly hollow fitness programs that market themselves specifically for firefighters as a reason for his rude awakening. Such programs are wrapped in a pretty bow but fail to address the necessary physical trials that firefighters will have to go through. “I bought one of those programs and found it was nonsense,” recalls Zamzow. “There are a lot of false programs out there but you have to ask what makes it a firefighter program? Why is it geared toward firefighters?”

That’s where Zamzow decided to take matters into his own hands and developed a list of five key points that firefighters should take into consideration when evaluating their own fire rescue workout programs:

1) Developmental progression: Approach your program with the intent to gradually increase the intensity of exercise, which in turn will increase your strength and muscular development.

2) Make core strength a priority: 50% of firefighters will hurt their backs while on duty during their careers and lower back pain is the number one reason they retire early. Dedicate more time to core strength as you develop your program.

3) Focus on cardiovascular conditioning and recovery: Running and biking will get you from point A to point B, but interval training can bolster your cardiovascular conditioning. Because firefighters operate at 115-150% the normal heartrate, conditioning your body to respond to an increasing amount of stress is critical. Intervals call for a short burst of high intensity exercise (30 seconds, for example) followed by ample time to rest and recover (60-120 seconds).

4) Full-body functional strength exercises: Functional exercises are an approach to core training that increase balance around joints and help prevent injury by stimulating and stabilizing muscles.

5) Engage in active warm ups and flexibility training: Such activities prepare the body for movements, boost heartrate, and increase blood flow to the muscles.

The problem with implementing these types of fire rescue workout programs, Zamzow states, is that health, wellness and fitness in the fire service are relatively new concepts. As recently as ten years ago these types of fundamentals simply didn’t exist, but with the epidemics of cancer and poor health infiltrating the service, there’s been no better time than now to create a plan.

As with all grand plans, it’s important to start simple. Zamzow recommends foam rollers as the biggest bang for your buck as they allow you to use your own body weight to massage through adhesions that may occur in the muscles. This allows blood to flow more freely and encourages efficient healing and repairing.

“Now is the time to make a positive change in our industry,” said Zamzow. “Eat right, exercise, hydrate and set up an example for the community. Stay safe and train like a life depends on it.”

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

fire rescue workout programsAaron Zamzow is a firefighter and EMT for the City of Madison Fire Department in Wisconsin. He is also a degreed personal fitness trainer and author as well as the owner of Fire Rescue Fitness, a company dedicated to creating products and blogs focused on keeping firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics in top physical condition and “fit for duty.” He has 12 years of experience as a firefighter/EMT and another 20 as a fitness expert, training with elite athletes and studying with some of the top trainers in the world.