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TargetSolutions Gives Thanks to Customers During Networking & Training Workshop in San Diego

TargetSolutions Presents Prestigious Helping Hand Awards to David Piper (Orland Fire Protection District, Ill.) and Steve Malone (Manhattan Fire Department, Ill.)

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading online training and records management system for public safety agencies, hosted its Networking & Training Workshop on Tuesday at Firehouse World in San Diego.

Attendees from across the country gathered at the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter’s Altitude Sky Lounge to receive platform utilization tips, network with other platform managers, and learn what TargetSolutions has in store for 2018 and beyond. TargetSolutions announced its newest product, TargetSolutions Check It, which is built to track equipment and fire apparatus inspections on a mobile device. The mighty application will be available in April.

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TargetSolutions to Offer Mobile Application for Equipment and Fire Apparatus Inspections

 

TargetSolutions Check It™ is a mobile application built to simplify how Fire and EMS agencies perform fire apparatus inspections and equipment checks. With this operations management software, your agency will be able to streamline routine checks of trucks and tools, as well as track medical supplies, drugs and other items logged in inventory records. The application will be available for demonstration and purchase this April.

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading online training and records management system for public safety agencies, and Halligan, known for its powerful mobile truck checks application, announced today they have joined forces to deliver the industry’s most dynamic technology for tracking equipment and fire apparatus inspections on a mobile device.

Through this partnership, TargetSolutions will deliver a new web-based application called TargetSolutions Check It™, built for streamlining routine checks of trucks and tools, as well as track medical supplies, drugs and other items logged in inventory records. The application will be accessible through the TargetSolutions platform and ready for demonstrations in April.

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TargetSolutions’ EMS Training Catalog Undergoes Major Boost

 

TargetSolutions is excited to release EMS HazMat Medical Emergencies Advanced. This all-new course features the latest innovations in online training and is accepted by CAPCE. In addition, TargetSolutions has enhanced three additional titles, including EMS Infectious Disease Control, EMS Understanding the Basics of ECGs, and EMS Operating an AED.

For EMS providers, executing the proper procedure, safely and effectively, makes all the difference in protecting patients and themselves. TargetSolutions’ comprehensive EMS continuing education catalog delivers more than 160 hours of accredited training for EMS personnel. As part of TargetSolutions’ efforts to provide a modern training experience, TargetSolutions released an all-new course, EMS HazMat Medical Emergencies Advanced, and updated three pre-existing courses.

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TargetSolutions Updates Sexual Harassment Training to Comply with California’s Senate Bill 396

Sexual harassment not only causes a hostile work environment, but the United States Department of Labor estimates it costs organizations around $1 billion in damages each year.

In 2017, the state of California passed a new Senate Bill (SB 396), which requires organizations with 50 or more employees to provide training on harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. This new law is an addition to AB 1825 that requires mandatory sexual harassment training for supervisors who work for companies with at least 50 employees.

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Why You Should Attend One of TargetSolutions’ Upcoming User Group Training Workshops


TargetSolutions’ special user group training workshops present invaluable opportunities for attendees to meet with peers to exchange knowledge and learn new platform utilization tricks.

When exploring the vast frontier of learning management systems, chances are good at some point you will be invited to attend a user group. But what is a user group and what can it do for you?

A user group can be defined as a collection of people who meet to exchange information and views on a piece of software or technology. User groups occur every day around the world for every piece of technology imaginable, including video games, software, computers, and in this case, TargetSolutions’ online training and records management system.

2018-ts-firehouse-workshop-logo-digitalFor example, TargetSolutions holds a user group in downtown San Diego during the annual Firehouse World convention. This year’s event, which is now open for registration, will be hosted on Tuesday, March 6 at the Marriot Gaslamp Quarter, will connect TargetSolutions’ account managers with users of the platform in an opportune presentation of tips and tricks to demonstrate the system’s full potential.

Typically, user groups take on the form of specialty workshops composed of stations set up for users and account managers to engage in specialized one-on-one training and demonstrations. From coast to coast, more than 4,000 organizations using TargetSolutions communicate via phone or e-mail, so personalized face-to-face interaction is easily one of the most compelling benefits of such a workshop.

For those who have participated in past user groups, the takeaway is simple: such events enhance relationships and help to build new ones. TargetSolutions’ Regional Sales Manager Kegan Konrady, who is regularly in attendance for company-sponsored user groups, expressed such collaboration in even simpler terms: “It’s always good to be able to put a name with the face.”

An equally invaluable benefit for platform users at these events is the opportunity to interact with other attendees to learn how they use the system for their own organization. For example, the City of Roseville (Calif.) may use TargetSolutions’ online training management system differently than Oklahoma City Fire Department (Okla.).

However, bringing these two agencies together in the same room could undoubtedly reveal capabilities of the platform the other didn’t realize was possible. TargetSolutions is fully customizable and every agency will use it differently, hence why these types of events are the perfect outlet for organizations to learn how to maximize their technology.

Phil Coons, TargetSolutions’ Director of Sales (West), took it one step further by focusing the importance of the events to learn what matters the most to agencies based on geographic needs.

“They bring our clients together and we not only show best practices, but we can learn regionally what matters to the group and allows for cross-education in a peer-to-peer environment,” said Coons. “If there are individuals in attendance who are considering TargetSolutions for their own agency, they get a deeper understanding of TargetSolutions and how their peers are using the platform.”

Indeed, if a friend whose opinions you value recommends a movie, you may be more inclined to watch it. Likewise, if a neighboring fire department or city or government agency has been able to streamline their training with one consolidated online system and offers their stamp of approval, you may be more inclined to take their recommendation.

For more information on TargetSolutions’ training workshops, please contact us today at (800) 840-8046.

TargetSolutions Offers Complimentary Online Wildland Fire Training

After Recent Wildfires in California, TargetSolutions Delivers Valuable RT-130: Annual Refresher Training Series

SAN DIEGO, CA (December 21, 2017) – TargetSolutions, the leading provider of e-Learning applications for the fire service, is offering fire department personnel free access to its RT-130: Annual Wildland Fire Safety Refresher training series.

targetsolutions platform enhancementsThis year, wildfires have ravaged the state of California. In October, Northern California’s Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino and Butte counties faced extreme damage from wildfires that forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate and burned more than 245,000 acres, according to a CAL FIRE summary report.

Then, two months later in December in Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds caused devastating blazes from Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, to San Diego. Crews are still battling these fires, including the Thomas Fire, which is on pace to become the largest wildland fire in California history, according to CNN.

A recent projection by AccuWeather stated that damage from California’s 2017 wildfire season could reach more than $180 billion. In addition, there have been 45 fatalities reported and more than 200 non-fatal injuries due to these incidents.

Considering recent events, TargetSolutions is offering complimentary access to its special eight-hour online wildland fire training series. This engaging coursework, built for pre-training prior to hands-on training, is written to meet 2017’s annual updates. Recharged and retooled with the latest statistics and data, the RT-130: Annual Wildland Fire Safety Refresher is loaded with dynamic training content, including a large selection of video presentations.

“These fires in California have been devastating. An unthinkable amount of damage has been done across the state this year, and as we look toward 2018, we’re focused on helping increase awareness and prepare firefighters for the challenges they face when called into action. TargetSolutions’ RT-130: Annual Wildland Fire Safety Refresher training provides a tremendous overview of the fundamentals for wildland firefighting as well as critical hazards and safety strategies in wildland operations.”

Marc Scheipe, Executive Vice President, TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions’ online course catalog for fire departments features more than 450 hours of training, including the RT-130: Annual Wildland Fire Safety Refresher. Here is a breakdown of each module in the four-part series:

Module No. 1: An overview of recent issues and incidents in wildland firefighting as well as a review of the fundamentals of safety in wildland firefighting operations.

Module No. 2: An analysis of wildland fire behavior and strategies for predicting changes in behavior that could lead to hazardous conditions.

Module No. 3: Explores situational awareness and injury prevention in wildland fire operations.

Module No. 4: Discusses safety strategies to wildland fire operations.

If you would like more information about this limited time offer for TargetSolutions’ complimentary wildland fire training, please check online at http://info.targetsolutions.com/acton/media/29198/wildland-fire-training-2018 or call (800) 840-8046.

About TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand, delivers award-winning, real-time training and record-keeping solutions to the fire services, emergency medical services, risk pools, cities and municipalities, law enforcement and public works industries. The company provides engaging, accredited online training courses, cutting-edge software applications, and dynamic performance management solutions to help make organizations safer, more capable, and more compliant. For more information, visit www.targetsolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @TargetSolutions and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TargetSolutions.

About Vector Solutions

Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support, provides award-winning SaaS solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial, facilities management, public safety, IT and education industries. Its brands, RedVector, TargetSolutions, and SafeSchools, deliver continuing education (CE), training, technology and performance management solutions using the latest innovations in learning and technology to create safer, more capable, more compliant organizations. Its extensive online and mobile learning library exceeds more than 5,000 courses written by 200 subject matter experts and reaches over 5 million professionals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit www.vector-solutions.com. Follow us on twitter @VectorPerform and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/VectorPerformance.

Five Ways TargetSolutions Improves Fire Department Training Management

Various firefighter training requirements can be costly, complex and time-consuming, but TargetSolutions’ revolutionary records management technology makes all of those drawbacks a thing of the past.

When it comes to firefighter training technology, TargetSolutions is at the forefront. What used to take a battalion of officers several days (or even weeks) to accomplish can now be completed before lunch with a few simple clicks.

TargetSolutions, established in 1999, is the undisputed leader in matching up technology with the ever-growing list of firefighter training requirements. With its sleek interface, innovative features, and a massive library of engaging training courses, it’s no mystery why more than 2,000 fire departments nationwide call the powerful TargetSolutions online training management system their own.

Here are five ways you can benefit from TargetSolutions’ online training management system:

  • Track every hour of online, instructor-led, or hands-on training
  • Deliver more than 450 hours of fire department training, including 160 hours of EMS recertification
  • Ensure compliance with mandatory SOPs and other policies with e-signatures
  • Simplify ISO training audits with powerful record keeping system
  • Streamline training for personnel with 24/7 and mobile compatibility

To learn more about TargetSolutions, please contact us today at (800) 840-8046.

Meet Washington’s OTEP Recertification Requirements with TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions’ computer-based training system provides an efficient, effective way for agencies to meet EMS continuing education requirements.

TargetSolutions’ EMS continuing education training courses can be applied toward Washington’s ongoing training and evaluation program (OTEP) requirements. TargetSolutions offers a vast library of EMS training for first responders of all levels to complete EMS recertification. Dynamic online courses are delivered in an engaging format featuring scenario-based learning exercises. The industry’s leading Credentials management application makes it easy to track progress.

In addition to the ability to meet OTEP requirements, TargetSolutions features the following benefits:

  • More than 160 hours of EMS courses for all provider levels
  • Organizationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE)
  • Powerful tools for tracking ISO training hours and EMS recertification
  • Trusted by more than 2,000 fire departments nationwide

If you would like more information about TargetSolutions, please fill out the form and a TargetSolutions representative will be in touch. If you would like to reach your regional sales manager, please contact us at (800) 840-8046.

TargetSolutions’ Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness Training Series Undergoes Enhancements

TargetSolutions’ Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness series, recently enhanced with new content, multimedia, and video, provides eight hours of online hazardous materials training that covers the essentials of preventing and managing hazardous events.

Even with the best prevention methods in place, incidents involving hazardous materials are bound to happen. Understanding the nature of hazardous materials – and how to respond to various types of incidents – will help you quickly manage a dangerous situation and minimize damage.

TargetSolutions’ Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness is a four-module series of online training courses designed to educate personnel on hazardous materials, effective communication strategies, personal protective equipment (PPE), preventative measures, and much more.

Packed with eight hours of hazardous materials training, this four-part series has been reinvented with updated content, enhanced multimedia, and is now presented in a video-driven, instructor-led format.

Here is a breakdown of each module in the series:

Module 1: The series begins with a summary of the different environmental regulations surrounding the issue of hazardous materials and hazardous waste. The module presents the identification of different types of hazardous wastes and their classifications in order to prevent hazardous waste incidents.

Module 2: The second installment discusses various methods used to identify hazardous materials and substances, both in transport and industry.

Module 3: This course explores the potential risks of working with hazardous chemicals and their effects on the body, including routes of entry and basic toxicology.

Module 4: The final lesson in the series focuses on employee awareness when working around hazardous materials, steps for proper handling of hazardous materials, preventative measures to curtail hazardous incidents, and mitigation methods.

“These types of incidents are bound to happen, regardless of how much caution is taken. That’s why it’s important for first responders to equip themselves with hazardous materials training and to be ready for when they do occur. These courses have been updated, they have been enhanced, and they’re incredibly important for anyone who will be exposed to hazardous incidents.”

Bryan Fitzgerald, Content Manager, TargetSolutions

 

TargetSolutions’ course catalog also features other courses that discuss hazardous materials, including First Responders Operations Level Refresher (four modules), Introduction to Hazardous Materials (EMS), Hazard Communication (OSHA), Hazmat Spill Prevention & Control (OSHA), and Hazmat Transportation (OSHA), among others.

If you have any questions online hazardous materials training or about TargetSolutions’ online training catalog, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

Naval Veteran Marc Scheipe Named to Lead TargetSolutions

Marc Scheipe brings more than 20 years’ experience strengthening software services for existing customers and expanding into new markets.

Marc Scheipe brings more than 20 years’ experience strengthening software services for existing customers and expanding into new markets.

SAN DIEGO – Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support, is excited to announce Marc Scheipe has been selected to lead its public sector business unit and oversee the TargetSolutions brand. Scheipe, who most recently served as president for Sage Software NA, will focus on strengthening and expanding TargetSolutions’ industry-leading training management applications for public entities. With Scheipe at the helm, TargetSolutions is poised to continue its exceptional growth and increase its service offerings to meet the needs of all public-sector agencies.

“As a veteran, I am passionate about the mission to help save lives here at Vector Solutions, and I know the importance of the tools and training we provide to help achieve this. I am excited to share my expertise and passion to help the TargetSolutions tools reach the people who need it most,” said Scheipe, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

In his new role, Scheipe is responsible for building on the strong foundation of TargetSolutions’ core public safety business, as well as expanding into new markets and developing partnerships with government agencies seeking to streamline and maximize training and performance with innovative technology. Scheipe has held senior leadership roles in software, payments and financial services while consistently increasing revenue, implementing new business strategies and executing complex integrations.

Scheipe, an Atlanta resident, is a natural fit at TargetSolutions because of his previous military and business experience. TargetSolutions serves more than 200,000 emergency responders and Scheipe’s background as a TOPGUN graduate, experienced Lieutenant Commander, and FA-18 strike-fighter pilot, means he’s perfect for the job of serving those who work in the public sector.

“I am certain that Scheipe’s insight as a naval officer, along with his professional expertise, will prove to be a powerful combination and asset for strengthening the TargetSolutions brand,” said Jeff Gordon, CEO with Vector Solutions. “He understands our business and our mission – he understands what it means to serve. He sees our vision and knows how to get us there.”

About TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand, delivers award-winning, real-time training and record-keeping solutions to the fire services, emergency medical services, risk pools, cities and municipalities, law enforcement and public works industries. The company provides engaging, accredited online training courses, cutting-edge software applications, and dynamic performance management solutions to help make organizations safer, more capable, and more compliant. For more information, visit www.targetsolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @TargetSolutions and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TargetSolutions.

About Vector Solutions

Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support, provides award-winning SaaS solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial, facilities management, public safety, IT and education industries. Its brands, RedVectorTargetSolutions, and SafeSchools, deliver continuing education (CE), training, technology and performance management solutions using the latest innovations in learning and technology to create safer, more capable, more compliant organizations. Its extensive online and mobile learning library exceeds more than 5,000 courses written by 200 subject matter experts and reaches more than 5 million professionals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit www.vector-solutions.com. Follow us on twitter @VectorPerform and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/VectorPerformance.