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TargetSolutions Revamps EMS Continuing Education Content with Courses From CentreLearn


TargetSolutions added more than 90 new EMS CE courses from CentreLearn to its online EMS training catalog with up-to-date content and engaging formats.

As an industry leader for fire and EMS continuing education, TargetSolutions constantly refreshes its online course catalog with meaningful courses that include up-to-date content and are delivered in engaging formats. To continue this initiative, TargetSolutions is adding more than 90 new EMS CE courses to its online training catalog.

These in-depth courses were adopted from CentreLearn, a leading provider for web-based training management services that TargetSolutions acquired in 2014. Courses in this new bundle cover crucial lessons for all levels of EMS personnel.

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Josh Blum of Loveland-Symmes Fire Department Selected as 2018 Training Officer Recognition Award Winner

2017 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award

Blum’s Hard Work Recognized with Prestigious Award that Honors Exemplary Conduct Befitting of a Training Officer

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading operations and training management software for the fire service, and the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) are proud to announce Deputy Chief Josh Blum, of Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department (LSFD), as the recipient of the 2018 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award.

Blum will be recognized with this award at the annual VCOS meeting on Aug. 9 during the 2018 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Dallas.

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NFPA 1410 Checklist: Essential Steps for Developing & Measuring Fire Drills

Company drills play a major role in the training of modern firefighters. One reason for this is the fact that only four percent of total calls for firefighters are for working fires. Firefighters, therefore, rely mostly on training to develop their skills.

To help address this need for comprehensive education, TargetSolutions offers a 14-course bundle in video format that presents firefighting techniques in an innovative and easy-to-follow manner. These drills are based on NFPA 1410 Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations. Their purpose is to give departments a training tool, often used for pre-training coursework prior to the drill-yard, to help prepare personnel for initial attack operations.

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TargetSolutions Releases Major Enhancements to Training Catalog for School Districts

So far this year TargetSolutions has developed 32 new courses for school districts and enhanced 28 previously-existing courses from its catalog. Fourteen of the 32 new courses are set for release on July 1.

Education professionals constantly face new challenges in maintaining a safe learning environment for students at all grade levels. To assist school districts and their staffs in addressing these challenges, TargetSolutions recently embarked on a project to modernize its training catalog. As a result, TargetSolutions has completely revamped its EDU catalog with 32 new courses, while enhancing 28 previously-existing titles with engaging content and practical lessons.

Delivered in video-driven modules, these courses offer strategies to ensure safety while utilizing an on-screen instructor to guide learners through each lesson. To improve retention of key topics, courses feature quizzes and case studies to keep learners engaged. In an effort to accommodate educators’ busy schedules, many of the courses are offered in 20- or 30-minute sessions, providing educators with more time to focus on students.

TargetSolutions’ new courses highlight the following three categories:

Transportation Safety Training

When transporting students, staff are faced with higher risks for distracted driving. Additionally, they are presented with unique challenges when driving students with disabilities to ensure they receive the proper care and are as safe as possible. To protect both bus drivers and students, TargetSolutions developed these courses:

  • Bus Drivers: Ergonomics and Avoiding Injury (EDU)
  • Safe Use of Utility Vehicles (EDU)
  • Special Education Transportation: Handling Needs on Mixed Buses (EDU)
  • Special Education Transportation: Laws and Regulations (EDU)
  • Special Education Transportation: Lifts and Mobility Equipment (EDU)
  • Special Education Transportation: Transportation Problems (EDU)
  • Special Education Transportation: Types of Disabilities and Special Needs (EDU)
  • Wheelchair Securement and Safety (EDU)

Classroom Safety Training

From an active shooter event to natural disasters, to everyday classroom safety, teachers and other school staff must be prepared for all situation types and have procedures in place to respond appropriately. TargetSolutions’ all-new courses explain the various risks school staff and students face on campus and offer solutions to de-escalate potential scenarios. These courses include:

  • Classroom Safety – Special Education (EDU)
  • Evacuating Students with Disabilities (EDU)
  • Emergency Operations Plans in Action (EDU)
  • Planning for an Emergency (EDU)
  • Safety in the Science Lab (EDU)
  • Science Laboratory: Chemical Spill Safety (EDU)
  • Techniques for De-Escalation (EDU)

General Safety & Compliance Training

To help prevent dangers to students both in and out of the classroom and to promote a safe school environment, TargetSolutions also released these new courses:

  • Asbestos Safety (EDU)
  • Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest (EDU)
  • California Integrated Pest Management (EDU)
  • Child Abuse: Mandated Reporter Training (California AB 1432)
  • Liability in Sports (EDU)
  • Managing Difficult Behaviors (EDU)
  • Preventing Cyberbullying (EDU)
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment: Students (EDU)
  • Sexual Misconduct in Schools (EDU)
  • Spanish Version – Mandated Reporter Training for California (EDU)
  • Student Safety Restraint Systems (EDU)
  • Supervision and Oversight of Students (EDU)
  • Title IX and Sexual Misconduct (EDU)
  • Title IX in Higher Education: Sexual Misconduct (EDU)
  • Working in Extreme Temperatures: Working in Cold Climates (EDU)
  • Working in Extreme Temperatures: Heat Illness Prevention (EDU)

Revamped Courses with Full Content Revisions

In addition to extending TargetSolutions’ comprehensive EDU catalog, 28 highly utilized courses have received full-content revisions with lessons presented in 100 percent video-driven formats. With new-and-improved visuals, learning exercises, and an on-screen instructor, school staff can comply with state and federal standards and be better equipped to protect students and themselves.

These courses include:

  • Adjusting to Changing Driving Conditions (EDU)
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (EDU)
  • Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls (EDU)
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Safety (EDU)
  • Breaking Up Student Fights (EDU)
  • Crossing Guard Safety (EDU)
  • Defensive Driving Strategies (EDU)
  • Distracted Driving (EDU)
  • Ethics in the Workplace (EDU)
  • Everyday Safety in Classrooms (EDU)
  • FERPA: Protecting Student Privacy (EDU)
  • Fire Extinguisher Safety (EDU)
  • Food Safety, Foodborne Illness & Kitchen Sanitation (EDU)
  • Food Service General Safety (EDU)
  • Food Services Proper Lifting (EDU)
  • General Office Ergonomics (EDU)
  • Maintaining Professional Staff/Student Boundaries (EDU)
  • Passenger Van Safety (EDU)
  • Playground Supervision (EDU)
  • Principal’s Recognition of Hazards on a School Campus (EDU)
  • Recognizing and Preventing Youth Suicide (EDU)
  • School Bullying (EDU)
  • School Shooting Awareness (EDU)
  • School Violence and Weapons (EDU)
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness (EDU)
  • Student Concussions (EDU)
  • Workplace Diversity (EDU)
  • Workplace Violence (EDU)

For questions about TargetSolutions’ all-new EDU courses, or recently enhanced courses, please contact us today!

TargetSolutions Expands Options for Assignment Notifications

Expanded Notification Options for Assignments
TargetSolutions expanded options for assignment notifications so platform administrators can utilize automated emails to streamline the management of training progress.

As a TargetSolutions client, you input contributes to continuous, meaningful platform enhancements that improve user experience and simplify training management.

To help platform managers streamline the process of notifying users of new or overdue assignments, this round of enhancements focuses on assignment notifications.

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How Departments Are Using TargetSolutions for Pre-Training Prior to the Drill Yard

During the 2018 Vector Solutions Client Summit, TargetSolutions clients were asked about their experiences with the dynamic training platform and how it serves as “pre-training” before hands-on exercises.

Representatives from agencies across the country came together in Clearwater Beach, Florida for Vector Solutions‘ annual Client Summit. Over the course of three days, leaders from backgrounds in firefighting, training and administration discussed best practices for online training management and exciting developments in eLearning.

During the summit, TargetSolutions users were asked about their experiences with the dynamic training platform. Covering topics such as records management, ISO audits, and customer service, clients praised TargetSolutions’ invaluable features for ensuring personnel are compliant with federal and local mandates and can perform in the field.

In this interview, training officers, safety managers, and chiefs emphasized their ability to prepare personnel for hands-on training in the drill-yard by using TargetSolutions to assign “pre-training” content:

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TargetSolutions Builds 3 Custom Credentials for New York

New York Credential for In-Service Fire TrainingTargetSolutions’ powerful tracking and records management capabilities help departments stay ahead of annual training mandates and ensure personnel are up-to-date on their skillsets. To consolidate crucial training hours for departments in New York, TargetSolutions custom-built 3 credentials written to state-specific mandates for both career and volunteer firefighters.

Custom-Built Credentials for New York

These credential templates provide a base for everything New York fire departments track to comply with state standards. In addition to containing TargetSolutions courses and activities, you can add your own department’s content to supplement necessary training credits.

Rather than individually looking up users’ training hours and potentially finding they have not completed all parts of their training, these credentials make it simple to track training, measure progress towards completion and run reports to prove compliance. Best of all, these auto-renewing credentials require little maintenance and allow you to begin training for the new year instantly.

Here is a breakdown of the 3 credentials for New York and the value they add to your department:

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TargetSolutions Check It™ Application Now Available for Android

TargetSolutions Check It™ Application Now Available for AndroidThousands of agencies manage training and compliance with TargetSolutions’ unrivaled computer-based technology. Now, that innovation connects to the all-new TargetSolutions Check It™ operations management software – a dynamic application for mobile truck and equipment inspections.

Now accessible in the Google Play app store on any Android device (as well as in the Apple store on any iOS device), the TargetSolutions Check It™ mobile application streamlines routine maintenance checks for apparatuses, tools, medical supplies, drugs and other inventory items.

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Every Leader’s Nightmare: “I Don’t Trust You”

A Leaders Nightmare - I Do Not Trust YouBlog by Benjamin Martin

I hate to admit it, but unfortunately, as a leader, I know what the words “I don’t trust you” sound like. Perhaps the most frustrating part for me at the time I heard this, was that I didn’t know exactly what I did to earn this statement from the individual. I spent countless hours second-guessing myself, asking for other’s opinions and trying to find a way to reconnect with this person to get us back on track.

Worse yet, with each day, the distance between us seemed to grow larger and increasingly polarized our team. Our duty as leaders demands that we hold these types of events in private on behalf of the employee while we work through them – even if that person is willing to share their version of events. I heard things about myself that didn’t even remotely resemble what was happening and watched as previously healthy relationships suffered.

It left me wondering…am I even a leader? If so, am I a bad one?

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Equipment Functionality Updates to the TargetSolutions Check It™ Application

TargetSolutions redesigned the Equipment feature in the TargetSolutions Check It™ application for easier management of equipment items and more customizable settings.

The TargetSolutions Check It™ application simplifies routine truck and equipment checks for departments with powerful mobile technology and features that integrate into the TargetSolutions platform.

Since the release of the TargetSolutions Check It™ operations management software, TargetSolutions has already implemented meaningful enhancements to improve user experience and make processes more efficient. This round of updates, and upcoming updates, focus on streamlining asset and inventory management.

The equipment feature in the application was revamped to provide personnel a better overview of equipment pools and individual items within pools. With these new changes, users can more easily access asset information and further customize how equipment is organized.

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