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TargetSolutions to Show Platform’s Capabilities at FDIC

This is an important week for the fire service community. One of the largest conferences of the year is now underway in Indianapolis.

FDIC, which is being held at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, is running now through Saturday and TargetSolutions will be there when the exhibit hall opens Thursday. If you’d like to come by and check out TargetSolutions, the industry’s most powerful and innovative online training and records management system, please stop by booth No. 13040.

“We’re very excited to attend this conference,” said Vice President of Sales & Marketing Jon Kostyzak, “who will be handing out free swag (t-shirts) at the booth. This is one of the marquee events on our calendar. We see this event as a tremendous vehicle to discuss our platforms capabilities. FDIC is all about training and so are we.”

TargetSolutions will also be hosting a user workshop on Friday at 12:30 p.m. The special event, which is open to all current clients and prospects, will be held in the Santa Fe Room of the Indianapolis Marriot Downtown.

There will be free food and an up-close look at TargetSolutions’ cutting-edge platform that is revolutionizing the way departments approach training and recordkeeping.

“Whether you’re an existing client or just considering the platform, this will be a really beneficial event,” said Director of Client Services Jenny Cady Fergason. “We are going to spend a lot of time talking about how the platform is helping fire departments reduce costs, streamline operations and save time. We’re going to answer everyones questions, so this is really recommended for anyone considering TargetSolutions.”

“If you’d like to sign up for the event, please stop by booth No. 13040 for information or just show up to the Marriot Downtown on Friday,” Fergason said.

For more information on FDIC, please check online at http://www.fdic.com/index.html.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.

Who Says It Has to Be Difficult to Report for the ISO

If you’re like most training officers, you’ve had your share of headaches tracking and organizing training records in preparation for an audit by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). You know that if your records aren’t documented properly, you won’t receive credit from the ISO.

With TargetSolutions, everything is simplified.

TargetSolutions features powerful records management system functionality that will help your department achieve Class 1 status. The platform enables site administrators to easily and automatically accumulate the proper documentation making the entire process stress-free.

“TargetSolutions has created a records system that clearly allowed our organization to comply with our scheduled ISO audit in September of 2010,” said Guy Keirn, who is a training chief with Pinellas Park Fire Department in Florida. “The process of completing the training section of the report for ISO was seamless. We were able to extract all required information and complete a comprehensive report for the ISO inspector.”

TargetSolutions helps departments achieve greater efficiency with ISO tracking by providing access to premade, completely customizable training templates that were created specifically to report for the ISO. After training officers have delivered these activities to their employees, they can rest confidently knowing TargetSolutions’ industry-leading records management system will automatically track completions and eliminate the hassle of having to search through endless paper trails and stacks of training spreadsheets.

“ISO reports require a bunch of things, but one of the key things is training records,” said Cal Fire San Diego’s Fire Captain Dan Collins. “With the TargetSolutions system the battalion chief can easily pull out those training records. That’s a big help.”

In addition to easier tracking, final reports are comprehensive and will exceed the ISO’s expectations. Tim Riley, who is the chief of the Dunedin Fire Department in Florida, implemented TargetSolutions before his most recent fire department ISO audit and he reported back that ISO loved it.

“I absolutely endorse TargetSolutions,” Riley said. “With TargetSolutions you can easily track, assign and create a training program that is customized specifically to the needs of your own department. Tracking and standardizing firefighter training, whether for a recertification, a qualification, or ISO, has never been easier or more efficient than with our TargetSolutions system.”

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.

EMS Agency in Pennsylvania Finds Value in TargetSolutions’ Web-Based Training System

cb-holy-spirit-ems-success-storyAs a leading provider of pre-hospital services in Pennsylvania, Holy Spirit EMS, formerly known as West Shore Emergency Medical Services, is committed to delivering top-notch assistance to its patients. To meet that goal, close to 200 employees from the agency need effective training. That’s why it turned to TargetSolutions back in 2002.

According to EMS Director Steve Poffenberger, the organization relies on TargetSolutions for three key reasons: Its comprehensive online training library, its password-protected File Center, and its unrivaled certification tracking capabilities.

Online Training: It’s critical that personnel with Holy Spirit EMS not only stay certified but exceptionally well trained to meet the demands of their profession. TargetSolutions’ variety of courses, quality of content and 24/7 system availability have gone a long way toward helping the agency meet its needs, Poffenberger said. Whether its Hazmat, Bloodborne Pathogens or a Human Resources topic such as Sexual Harassment, Holy Spirit EMS relies on TargetSolutions’ online training catalog to save time and money.

“I know for a fact we are saving money by doing it this route. It can be very time consuming and expensive scheduling instructor-led training for our employees. There are instructor costs, overtime costs, venue costs. The more we can push out this way the better.”

Steve Poffenberger, Holy Spirit EMS (Penn.)

TargetSolutions courses not only meet federal, state and local requirements, but they’re outstanding quality, according to the feedback Poffenberger has received. The training is definitely meeting our needs, Poffenberger said. Negative comments from our personnel are few and far between and our risk management, HR, and compliance departments have reviewed the course content and are very satisfied.

File Center: Having a centralized online location for storing files, documents, and videos has been beneficial for Holy Spirit EMS, Poffenberger said. The organization uploads internal resources, including instructional manuals, how-to videos and policies into the database and directs employees there for access.

“Having a place to store material is efficient,” Poffenberger said. “You can send things out by e-mail and that is all well and good, but what happens when you hire someone two weeks from now and they don’t have all that information? We direct our employees to go to the organizational File Center.”

Certification Tracker: There are many benefits to using TargetSolutions, but its powerful certification tracking capabilities might be the most valuable for Holy Spirit EMS. Poffenberger has loaded all of his personnel’s certifications into TargetSolutions and rests easy knowing the system will warn him and the employees when important expirations approach. Rather than tracking critical information with an Excel spreadsheet, Poffenberger relies on TargetSolutions’ automated alert system. Each month he runs a report to find out who has recertified and what further action is required.

“This is a huge time saver,” Poffenberger said. “Having the whole process automated helps a great deal. People often lose track of these types of things, but with TargetSolutions, they’re assured reminders at 90 days, 60 days and 30 days. They know they have to get out and get recertified. This has proven to be huge for us.”

After a decade on the platform, Holy Spirit EMS continues to believe in TargetSolutions. Poffenberger said he occasionally checks into alternatives on the market just to see what is out there, but he’s always reminded TargetSolutions is the industry’s leader.

“I’m often asked, how do you manage all those people?” Poffenberger said. “I just tell them, it’s simple we subscribe to TargetSolutions.”

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About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver training and track all station-level tasks, certifications, and activities.

TargetSolutions Looking Forward to Upcoming Release of Mobile Application to Track Training Activities

It’s not the first time and it certainly wont be the last, but TargetSolutions is about to revolutionize the way fire departments complete recordkeeping activities.

Clients will soon be able to access a ground-breaking application for smartphones, including Apples iPhone, Googles Android and the markets other mobile devices. The original application, which is currently undergoing its final testing phase and is expected to be made available this spring, will give users the ability to complete self-assigned activities, view their assignment history and easily access their departments site through a web browser.

TargetSolutions began developing the application in late 2011 and has expedited its first version to be made available as soon as possible. “It’s the first step toward providing clients with a comprehensive mobile application to track training activities,” said Software Engineer Manager Dustyn Borghi.

“The completion of this mobile apps first version is very exciting,” Borghi said. “We are pushing our technology forward and this is the beginning of our mobile application development. This is really a stepping stone to providing our most powerful features. We are focused on getting this in our clients hands quickly and receiving their feedback on where it needs to go so we can continue to innovate in the right direction.”

Platform administrators will initially be able to make operational activities that are routinely tracked on the platform self-assignable so users can complete them without needing to access a computer.

“All across the country, millions of firefighters are constantly tracking equipment, vehicles, facilities, and much more, and they’re doing it with a clipboard, a piece of paper and a pen,” said TargetSolutions CEO Jon Handy. “With this new app, clients will be able to leverage technology to save time and money. We think this app is going to make our clients lives easier.”

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.

Added Value Critical During Emergencies Brunacini Says

When Alan Brunacini starts talking about leadership, it’s good to listen closely. The retired chief from the Phoenix Fire Department is an authority on the topic and a large crowd gathered in February at the Firehouse World conference in San Diego for his seminar titled Added Value Leadership.

Brunacini, who offers a featured training series through TargetSolutions based on his popular book Functional Boss Behaviors, conducted a give and take discussion with the audience about what makes good and bad leadership, how leadership trickles down through an entire organization, and how departments can bring added value to the citizens they serve.

“Leadership starts at the topand its not what they say, but what they do,” Brunacini said. “Whatever you do as a leader, you teach.”

During one exchange with a firefighter in the audience, Brunacini made the point that citizens will strongly remember the first two minutes and last three minutes they spend with responders during emergencies.

“We have to be sober and salient 24/7, but we only have to be nice eight times a day for 20 minutes at a time. Thats mandatory,” Brunacinci said. “If you cant do that, just stay in the truck. It’s about the added value. Mrs. Smith is going to remember how she felt because of the effort we make to connect.”

Brunacini asked the audience how leaders can inspire their people to deliver added value during calls. After more give and take with the audience, Brunacini said leaders need to do the same thing with their workers that they are asking them to do with the public by connecting.

You do all the little things that’s what matters, he said.

Please click here for more information on Brunacini’s Functional Boss Behaviors through TargetSolutions, which outlines 10 rules for fire industry supervisors to ensure their behavior creates an environment focused on enhancing service and delivering value. Also, check out this blog article titled Learning to Be the Boss by Brunacini.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions online training and records management system is the most effective way to enhance your departments training program. We are focused on helping organizations reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and maintain compliance. With cutting-edge technology and more than 700 courses in our library, we make training easy.

Lake County Fire Rescue Realizes Potential of TargetSolutions Online Training and Records Management System

Lake County Fire Rescue serves approximately 250,000 citizens across 1,200 unincorporated miles of Florida. The Division consists of nearly 200 dedicated, highly-trained professionals who take pride in helping people around the clock, every day of the year, the Division’s website states about its personnel.

The Division, which operates 23 fire stations throughout its rural and urban areas, responds to emergencies of all types. In 2011, the Division responded to 17,477 incidents, including emergencies and non-emergencies. To help prepare for those situations, the department relies on TargetSolutions online training and records management system.

Over the last two years, Lake County has completed more than 32,000 assignments, including web-based courses and customized department-specific activities, on the platform. TargetSolutions has become a critical component to the Division’s training program, said Training Section Lieutenant Kathy Edwards.

“It took us a little time to really use the program,” Edwards said. “We had to clean up our site from before. Once that was done, we began to understand its capabilities and started to make the most of it.”

With the platform now operating on all cylinders, the Division is ready for its upcoming ISO audit, as well as other critical day-to-day tracking activities. In addition to the increased efficiency, the Division is also experiencing cost savings with TargetSolutions.

“(TargetSolutions) has helped reduce overtime and other additional training expenses,” Edwards said.

To read the full story on how Lake County Fire Rescue is maximizing the TargetSolutions platform, please click here. And if you have any questions about TargetSolutions, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Save Money with Your Online Training Investment in TargetSolutions

In today’s world, fire departments have no choice but to watch their bottom line. When making an online training investment, they need to be confident they are making a prudent business decision.

TargetSolutions understands completely. That is why were absolutely dedicated to helping clients reduce costs and increase operational efficiency.

roi-calculator-image“Our goal is to deliver easy-to-use technology that can help an organization improve productivity and save money,” said TargetSolutions Vice President of Operations Thom Woodward. “With our platform, organizations can schedule training and monitor compliance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our training has proven to reduce injuries and claims, resulting in an excellent return on investment.”

TargetSolutions powerful, easy-to-use platform gives departments of all sizes and budgets the opportunity to save money while enhancing their training program. With TargetSolutions, you can schedule and deliver more than 250 hours of approved Fire and EMS online courses, while eliminating the costly administrative expenses associated with traditional training activities.

Here are some of the ways TargetSolutions helps you save money:

  • Reduces overtime associated with training activities
  • Eliminates costly travel and fuel expenses
  • Increases employees retention of training material and decreases work-related injury claims

TargetSolutions helps organizations maintain compliance and improve their personnel’s’ skill level, keeping emergency responders safe and productive. With TargetSolutions departments can take courses 24/7 and employees can train at their own pace, dramatically increasing comprehension.

Bottom line: TargetSolutions helps reduce injuries, increases productivity and saves money. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are some quotes from clients who are experiencing significant cost savings with TargetSolutions:

Stuart Sprung, Training Specialist for Oceanside Fire Department (Calif.)
“We’ve never done a cost-benefit analysis. But (TargetSolutions) is worth every penny. The best way I can put it, is that it’s the best money a department can spend per training hour logged.”

Eric Peterson, 2nd Lieutenant for Ocean City Fire Department (Fla.)
“TargetSolutions is convenient, cost effective, and easy to use. With it, we have decreased our training expenses and improved our ability to track all types of instruction.”

Michelle Schafer, Director of Support Services for Shasta County (Calif.)
“Our annual TargetSolutions cost is less than $25,000 and our return-on-investment exceeds $1 million. Now, that’s a no-brainer! The TargetSolutions product also goes a long way toward helping us comply with various mandated training requirements and avoiding costly penalties that could be charged if we did not provide training.”

Dino Batalis, Fire Chief, City of Lawrence Fire Department (Ind.)
“I don’t think you can put a value (on TargetSolutions). If these vehicles are able to stay in their districts, the response time is much quicker than having to travel from a central location. Cost savings? Definitely, but time, effort, support things that we can’t put a number on all the way to quicker response time to the people we serve.”

Rick Talbert, Fire Chief for South Walton Fire District (Fla.)
“As a cost savings measure, to be able to have (TargetSolutions) training and to be able to do it without having to travel great distances is to our advantage.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.

Clients Excited About Upgrades to TargetSolutions’ Online Training and Records Management System

In late 2011, TargetSolutions’ online training and records management system underwent a comprehensive overhaul by the company’s team of engineers. The early feedback has been extremely positive as more than 100 fire departments have moved onto the new platform over the last few months.

“The reaction has been tremendous,” said Jenny Cady Fergason, who serves as TargetSolutions’ Director of Client Services. “The clients are finding it to be more intuitive and easier to navigate. Our tech team really did a great job enhancing the platform.”

According to Fergason, clients have praised the new systems look and functionality. Administrators are benefiting from upgrades to the File Center and the new Shift Calendar, while users are finding the Notification System incredibly efficient.

“The ability to pin credentials to the top of the schedule on the home page is really simplifying the process for users,” Fergason said. “Now, when they login to the website, they immediately know where to go and what they have to do. It’s just more engaging and effective.”

Administrators are taking advantage of the ability to maneuver files inside folders in the File Center, manage their work schedule with the Shift Calendar and update their own custom logo. The upgraded platform includes the following enhancements:

Shift Calendar: Clients asked TargetSolutions for a shift calendar and we delivered. Administrators can now coordinate and display their staff’s work schedule, as well as assignments, with the new Shift Calendar application.

Notification System: Users now have a prominently displayed and eye-catching Notification System that alerts them when an assignment has become urgent and needs immediate attention.

Dashboard: Statistical data pertinent to each organization is available in the attractive new Dashboard. Administrators can easily consume and analyze their organizations progress on certain activities and assignments with this application.

Password Recovery: Statistics show that one-third of users will forget their password at some point. TargetSolutions has taken action to upgrade its password recovery process. Users are being asked to verify they have a valid e-mail address associated with their account, creating the ability to receive e-mails with password reset capability.

“We were focused on providing our clients with an upgraded, more visually attractive home page,” said TargetSolutions Director of Information Technology Alex Day. “The platform has a new look and feel. The feedback we’ve received so far has been really positive. This was one of our company’s most significant releases and we’re really proud of it. We’re also excited about continuing to build on the platform. We’re always looking ahead at ways to improve our technology and we have some big things planned in the coming months.”

The new platform also features vastly superior help documentation system. If you’re a client still operating the old system and you would like more information about switching to the upgraded platform, please contact your client services account manager at (800) 840-8048.

What Our Clients are Saying:
Ken Treffinger of Sarasota County Fire Department: After seeing the new (TargetSolutions) platform, I was immediately impressed by the layout and the look that it presented. Actually, I believe my first word after seeing it was wow! The new platform offered by (TargetSolutions) is sleek, professional, and appears very user-friendly. I feel the new platform will make my job easier with its convenient layout and the ease of navigation it offers.

Jackie Hulsey, database coordinator for Seminole County Fire/EMS Training Center: I really like the new platform! The entire look and feel of the site is clean and organized. On the home page, listing everything that’s coming due, including credentials, right up front is very helpful. I believe it has assisted lapsed memories of certain individuals on several occasions. Also, although the new notifications box is unobtrusive, the fact that its more visible when highlighted and includes notifications for several additional items makes it an added benefit to our users.

Kathy Edwards, training section lieutenant with Lake County Fire Rescue: I was thrilled to start the new application when we did. It has been an upgrade in some areas. The largest area benefiting was the File Center. The ability to move my own files within the File Center has allowed for a cleaner, more organized site.As administrator to Target Solutions, I have been able to rid our site of unnecessary items, delete unwanted items and/or non-training related items and organize our site to be more user-friendly. The new site makes it easier for users to see what is required of them, locate classes, and track their credentials.

Stuart Sprung, training specialist for Oceanside Fire Department: When TargetSolutions first came out and we started using it, it didn’t have the ability to do everything it does now. It was probably at 25 percent of how it’s functioning now. It was really kind of a CE provider. The management aspect of it was in its infancy. But over time, it has become something we use extensively. Before TargetSolutions, training and recordkeeping was very cumbersome. We knew that for the firefighters to use TargetSolutions, it had to be easy or they wouldn’t use it. With TargetSolutions guys can now enter a full day’s worth of training reports in less than five minutes and that data is captured. Our guys have logged thousands more training hours than ever before ever since we implemented TargetSolutions.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.

With TargetSolutions Life is ‘Easier’ for Oceanside Fire Department

Stuart Sprung thought he would be a firefighter forever. After working as a firefighter for 17 years for the San Francisco Fire Department, his career came to a sudden conclusion when he suffered a spinal cord injury in a work-related accident.

Because of his injuries, Sprung is no longer able to perform his old duties. But he’s still able to help other firefighters. Since 2006 he has served as the fire training specialist for the Oceanside Fire Department.

“I’m here for the guys,” said Sprung, who recently conducted a Q&A with TargetSolutions’ marketing department. “I’m here to make sure they get the training they need.”

Oceanside looks to TargetSolutions for answers to its training needs. Sprung has seen the company’s platform come a long way since signing up in 2008. He continues to be a huge proponent of the technology, but not because it’s shiny or cool, but because it’s effective and helps his firefighters complete their mission.

“The whole reason we are here is so guys can get training in the most efficient way possible,” Sprung said. “The guys are out running calls, so we have to try and make their lives easier. TargetSolutions makes everyone in our department’s life easier.”

Here is a transcript of the complete conversation on how Oceanside is benefiting from TargetSolutions online training and records management system:

Question: Please talk a little bit about how TargetSolutions helps your department?

Sprung: We have to get training out. We have to make sure it’s complied with, we have to have a way to make sure it’s getting done, and we have to keep records for it. If people miss training, how do we get that fixed? We lost people in this office, and we had to find a tool to still do what we are required by law to do. Just because were short on staff doesn’t lessen our legal obligation to fulfill our training requirements. If our doors are open for business, we have to provide the training; we have to figure out a way to get it done with what we have. TargetSolutions is key for us accomplishing that. It gave us the ability to be able to do all the things we are required to do. TargetSolutions has become an invaluable tool for us.

Question: How has the platform progressed since you started?

Sprung: When TargetSolutions first came out, and we started using it, it didn’t have the ability do everything it does now. It was probably at 25 percent of how it’s functioning now. It was really kind of a CE provider. The management aspect of it was in its infancy. But over time, it has become something we use extensively. Before TargetSolutions, training and recordkeeping was very cumbersome. We knew that for the firefighters to use TargetSolutions, it had to be easy or they wouldn’t use it. With TargetSolutions guys can now enter a full day’s worth of training reports in less than five minutes and that data is captured. Our guys have logged thousands more training hours than ever before ever since we implemented TargetSolutions.

Question: You guys experienced budget cuts. Can you talk about how TargetSolutions helped your department make it through that?

Sprung: Over the last five years, we’ve seen our training staff cut in half. TargetSolutions has not only picked up the slack, but improved our recordkeeping from our inception all the way to now. There has never been recordkeeping as thorough and accurate as we have right now with TargetSolutions. All of our training is tracked on TargetSolutions. When those guys do hose evolutions this month on their own, it’s on them to enter training after completing the drill. It’s all tracked on TargetSolutions.

Question: What applications have helped your department the most?

Sprung: The first is Custom Activities, which we have built to allow companies to log training very simply it takes them seconds to do it with TargetSolutions. The second is the Credentials tracker. We have the unfortunate role of being the certification police for all things that are required. We learned the hard way that is something we have to take seriously. We can’t have any flexibility on that. People cannot work with an expired paramedic license or expired driver’s license. We have to have eyes on the certificates of 100 people, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TargetSolutions has really helped with that.

Question: Have you ever done a cost-benefit analysis to see just how much money you are saving with TargetSolutions?

Sprung: We’ve never done a cost-benefit analysis. … But it is worth every penny. The best way I can put it, is that it’s the best money a department can spend per training hour logged.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.

TargetSolutions Helps City of Lawrence Fire Department with Recordkeeping Challenges

One of Mark Fleming’s first initiatives after being promoted last year to Division Chief of EMS for the City of Lawrence Fire Department was finding a solution for the organizations recordkeeping challenges. The department had already signed up with TargetSolutions in 2009, but was not yet capitalizing on all of the platforms capabilities.

Fleming quickly changed that.

“We already had a membership with TargetSafety (now called TargetSolutions) at the time,” Fleming said recently during an interview to discuss the powerful online training and records management system. “The more I learned about it, the more I saw it could do. I learned there was a whole lot more we could use it for.”

The platform was originally intended to keep the townships personnel in accordance with mandated training requirements while doing it in a flexible, convenient web-based format that keeps staff members in their districts serving citizens rather than attending expensive, instructor-led training sessions. But Fleming soon learned TargetSolutions was the answer to his entire list of training needs; things like recordkeeping, reporting, and disseminating critical information to personnel.

“I (now) use every single thing TargetSolutions offers,” Fleming said. “From Web Events, to Reports Manager, if we have a new directive out, we put it on TargetSolutions as a mandatory read and it gets communicated to everyone. I don’t think there’s an aspect that I haven’t used. I’m a huge fan.

Simplifying his department’s recordkeeping practices was the biggie for Fleming. When he needs to pull a report to see how many hours his personnel have in EMS training, or some other topic, it’s all at his fingertips.

It saves me a lot of time, said Fleming, whose department serves approximately 46,000 citizens with 118 firefighters on the TargetSolutions system.

Fleming and the Lawrence FDs fire chief Dave Batalis recently participated in an in-depth interview on how TargetSolutions online training and records management system is benefiting their organization. Here are the transcripts of their comments:

Mark Fleming, Division Chief of EMS, City of Lawrence Fire Department

Question: How is TargetSolutions different from other systems you’ve considered?

Fleming: They really paid a lot of attention to us as far as customer service, by showing us new products and helping expand on the products we already have. The representatives really went all-out to explain all the ways we could use the system. And while were using the system, we can call them up and there’s usually someone there to answer questions. If they need to get back to me, it’s same day.

Question: How has TargetSolutions helped your business?

Fleming: Recordkeeping is the biggie. I’m kind of a stickler when it comes to records. It makes it so much easier for me to pull a report and see exactly how many hours they have in EMS training or exactly how many hours they have in Special Ops training. It saves me a lot of time.

Question: What application inside the platform has been most beneficial to your department?

Fleming: The recordkeeping and the Web Events. The Web Events was a new part when I took over; it allows us to do in-house training for example. I can sit at the training academy and host a class, and say it snowed and there is 2 feet of snow on the ground, the guys can sit and watch the training at their firehouses. It saves us time, saves us money for vehicles moving back and forth across the city. There are a lot of features there that have helped us.

Question: How effective is the auditing process for completed training?

Fleming: That’s one of the best features of (the platform). I can pull a report and verify that they have done the training. We require the officers to do the entries and once the officer does the entry, I know it’s on TargetSolutions. The training is complete and has been verified by a supervisor and that actually helps me in my recordkeeping, as far as auditing my version. If the state were to come in, they could pull my records and see that (our personnel) have done all the required trainings.

Question: Are there any major accomplishments that you can attribute to TargetSolutions?

Fleming: Just improvements in training. I know we’ve saved the city a ton of money in gas and maintenance, things like that. TargetSolutions is the best decision I’ve ever made. They’ve gone a long way to assist the department and to assist me with my job. Overall, I’m totally satisfied with TargetSolutions. Our representative really helped me to expand the services that we use to help me with my recordkeeping. It takes me five minutes to verify training for somebody, where before it could take hours. If it’s on our TargetSolutions system, we’re good.

Dino Batalis, Fire Chief, City of Lawrence Fire Department

Question: How has Target Solutions benefited your department?

Batalis: TargetSolutions has been very popular around this fire department. It serves a lot of purposes. It’s easy access for firefighters. We’ve been able to access training and leave equipment in their firehouses to protect the districts. This is especially important for EMS runs, for fire runs. Instead of bringing everyone to a central location, we’re able to leave firefighters and ambulances in their respective locations and watch the telecast live (through Web Events). It’s also about getting the training or message out to the whole shift and keeping the apparatus to better serve the citizens.

Question: How has TargetSolutions impacted your bottom line?

Batalis: I don’t have the exact figures, but there have been cost savings with the fuel, going to and from trainings. I don’t think you can put a value on quick response, if these vehicles are able to stay in their districts; the response time is much quicker than having to travel from a central location. Cost savings, definitely, but time, effort, support, things that we can’t put a number on, all the way to quicker response time to the people we serve.

Question: Do you use the entire platform now to its full potential?

Batalis: We use pretty much everything TargetSolutions puts out there. The great tool for supervisors is that it notifies us when assignments aren’t done. It also allows us to send out directives firefighters are given a certain amount of time to get them back in, if they are not, supervisors are notified, so it’s a good tracking method on who has done what. I use it every day and it makes the day-to-day business much more fluid.

Question: What application is your department benefiting from the most and why?

Batalis: The training. It fits our needs as far as the time element. If the firefighters are in the middle of training and they need to make a run, they can stop it and go back to it. I like the ability to start and stop. Once they complete their training with TargetSolutions, their chief, EMS or fire chief, immediately transfers that into their personnel file. It’s a very modern way of keeping track of the training they’ve had, what they’ve completed and what they still need to do and how long it takes them to do it.

Question: What would you say about your overall experience with TargetSolutions?

Batalis: Fantastic. It’s made our jobs much easier. One of the hardest things is to go back and follow is a paper trail. This makes it easy to go back, check certifications, past training, what they’ve completed. It even has come in handy for discipline, now we’ve got a record of a person not completing assignments. It’s all recorded. It’s good documentation.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS departments. These solutions enable departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.