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Top 5 Benefits of Using a Learning Management System

One of the best ways to implement training across an entire organization is to use a Learning Management System (LMS), a software tool that can deliver just about any type of training to employees. Let’s explore some of the important benefits of an online LMS.

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TargetSolutions Releases All-New Firefighter Virtual Reality Training Activity


TargetSolutions’ new firefighter virtual reality training teaches how to read smoke coming from a burning building with a 360-degree view of the scene.

TargetSolutions, which strives to deliver new, cutting-edge solutions that advance firefighter training, recently completed a virtual reality (VR) training video that teaches firefighters how to read smoke coming out of a burning building with a 360-degree view of the scene.

This innovative video is now accessible as a pre-built training activity in the TargetSolutions platform. Utilizing the latest technology, personnel completing the activity will have an immersive learning experience in which they can employ crucial strategies and practice skills.

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NFPA 3000: Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events


TargetSolutions’ all-new course, NFPA 3000: Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, uses current standards and evidence-based findings to help prepare public safety personnel for their roles in responding to Criminal Mass Casualty Incidents.

For fire, EMS, law enforcement and other public safety personnel across the United States, it’s an unfortunate reality that Criminal Mass Casualty Incidents (CMCI) are growing in severity and frequency – with 2017 being a record-setting year for active shooter incidents. Properly setting expectations for personnel to prepare, respond to and recover from these events is essential to protect communities across the country.

TargetSolutions’ all-new course, NFPA 3000: Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, is based on the provisional National Fire Protection Association’s standard and provides real data and new lessons from prior incidents.

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Five Tips to Be a Successful HR Professional

Five Tips to be a Successful HR Professional

As an HR professional, you are constantly dealing with a variety of tasks, such as hiring new employees, implementing new processes and improving the work culture. You need a balance between managing data and incorporating the human element.

As technology advances, and more accessible software and applications become, it’s important to understand and use the right tools and systems to make your job easier. Here are five tips to help you make the very most of your career in human resources.

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How Virtual Reality Training Works for the Fire Service

Virtual Reality Training for Fire

Vector Solutions, with the help of Pasco County Fire Rescue (Fla.), created a new VR training video on smoke reading for TargetSolutions. Click here to access the dynamic training video.

While many people still think of virtual reality (VR) as a medium for entertainment, it is transforming industries with one of its most practical functions: training. Utilizing VR technology for fire service training enables firefighters to simulate actual scenarios they’re likely to encounter.

How can virtual reality help fire departments leverage new learning methods while saving time and resources? Here’s a look at some of the advantages of VR training in firefighting.

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Streamline Fire Department Equipment Inspections with the TargetSolutions Check It™ Application


With all-new Equipment Inspections available in the TargetSolutions Check It™ application, departments can create, track and report equipment checklists to ensure equipment is functioning properly and ready to use. 

Departments utilizing the TargetSolutions Check It™ application have access to the industry’s latest and most dynamic technology for managing routine truck, equipment and inventory inspections. Easy-to-use features enable personnel to complete inspections faster, help departments visualize apparatus and equipment statuses and improve compliance to regulations on essential tools.

New updates to the TargetSolutions Check It™ system include all-new Equipment Inspections. Now, departments can create, track and report checklists for all equipment used by personnel to ensure items are functioning properly and ready to use.

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City of Reno Utilizes TargetSolutions to Track License and Credential Renewals

The City of Reno has utilized TargetSolutions since 2014 to streamline training management and oversee employee compliance.

Home to more than 235,000 residents, the City of Reno, Nev., has relied on TargetSolutions’ online training management system since 2014. TargetSolutions’ powerful record tracking tools and convenient LMS allows the City of Reno to ensure compliance across its city departments and streamline employees’ training.

Lynn Adgett, Program Administrator for the City of Reno, has been with the city since it implemented TargetSolutions and praises the platform’s flexibility to deliver, document and report training for all employees.

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Meet the Team: Get to Know Julie Gjerset

Meet the Team: Get to Know Julie GjersetOriginally from La Habra, Calif., Julie Gjerset moved to San Diego to attend college at San Diego State University. Julie has now been with TargetSolutions since June as an account manager and covers the Idaho territory.

Julie worked previously as an account manager at a healthcare compliance company before joining TargetSolutions. One day she saw a job posting for the position at TargetSolutions on LinkedIn and found that she was a perfect fit for the client services team. It just so happened that her previous company was in the same building, and across the hall from TargetSolutions.

Since joining the team, Julie expressed, “I like most that I’m supporting our real-life heroes.” She described the work she does as meaningful and explained, “It’s nice working at a place where what you’re doing helps support people.”

Check out this recent Q-and-A to learn more about Julie:

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Preventing Cancer in the Fire Service: What We Can Do to Reduce the Risk

Cancer Risks for FirefightersBy Marc Scheipe, Executive Vice President at TargetSolutions

Firefighting is dangerous. Everyone appreciates the perils of this valiant profession and the bravery our everyday heroes exhibit each time they run into a burning building.

What everyone hadn’t understood until more recently, however, was the fact firefighters face an additional threat beyond flames, smoke, and heat. That threat is cancer, which is now considered the No. 1 killer of firefighters, according to the International Association of FireFighters.

This alarming news is supported by the fact that over the past decade, more than 60 percent of the names added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial have died from occupational cancer. Leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma are some of the most common killers among firefighters.

At TargetSolutions, our customers often seek guidance on how to lower their risk profiles. Without question, training is critical. But this goes deeper than training. This goes to the culture of every fire department. To reduce cancer rates, the fire service needs to change longstanding traditions and mindsets around proper utilization and maintenance of turnout gear, as well as post-incident hygiene and exercise, among other things.

Many departments have recognized the need to this type of change and are now spreading the word and enforcing policies that mandate awareness and compliance with this shift in culture.

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Coming Soon: More Than 1,500 New Training Courses for Municipal Employees

More than 1,500 new training courses for municipal employees are coming soon to TargetSolutions’ expansive online course library.

These courses address crucial topics for a variety of commercial industries, including architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), facility management and maintenance, cyber security, power and utilities, and more. Many of the new titles will offer valuable continuing education units (CEUs) in their respective professions.

With the addition of these courses, TargetSolutions will add five all-new catalogs to its online course library and also revamp existing catalogs with new titles. The premium IT & Security catalog, as well as the Business Skills and Office Productivity catalogs, will be updated with more training content for personnel.

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