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Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Approves TargetSolutions’ Web-Based Training Courses

TargetSolutions’ Online Police Training Catalog Now Accepted in 13 States, with Others in the Approval Process
SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a leading provider of online training for public safety agencies, announced today its online training catalog has been accepted by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Indiana is the thirteenth state to accept TargetSolutions’ online police training, and several other states are currently in the reviewing process.
TargetSolutions delivers more than 240 online police training courses, featuring videos, engaging interactions, and real-life scenario lessons proven to educate police officers and help departments achieve training compliance, improve performance, and reduce liability.
“TargetSolutions’ ability to deliver accredited online training is critical for the annual in-service requirement in Indiana and in other states across the country,” said TargetSolutions’ Content and Compliance Manager Lauren Crosby. “Lieutenant Lance Burris at the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board has been instrumental in the accreditation process for us, and I look forward to our continued partnership in serving the law enforcement community.”
Police officers need to complete 24 hours of in-service training annually and TargetSolutions offers easy-to-use software for meeting that requirement. With 24/7 online access to TargetSolutions’ web-based training management system, agencies are able to delivery mandatory training for officers to complete at their own pace.
TargetSolutions has also implemented a “certified credential” for tracking vital training hours on topics that are required by Indiana and other states.
In addition to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, TargetSolutions’ online police training is accepted by the following organizations: Florida Division of Criminal Justice, Georgia POST, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, Louisiana POST, Missouri POST, Nevada POST, New Jersey Police Training Commission, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service, North Dakota POST, Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges. TargetSolutions is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information, please call 1-800-840-8048.

TargetSolutions Updates Online Training Courses to Comply with New California Laws

California Assembly Bills 2053 and 1432 go into effect Jan. 1 and TargetSolutions is making updates to its coursework to comply with the new regulations.

To conform with AB 2053, which aims to prevent abusive conduct in the workplace, TargetSolutions has revised its Sexual Harassment for Supervisors training for clients in California. To fulfill AB 1432, which requires annual training of mandated reporters, TargetSolutions will release its updated Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Children during the month of January.

“Whenever we see a major change in law or standard, affecting one of our courses, we ensure our material is up-to-date and compliant with these changes – ensuring they are timely and relevant for our clients,” said TargetSolutions’ Strategic Risk Management Business Unit Manager Kelly Zielinski.

TargetSolutions has updated its Sexual Harassment for Supervisors training course for clients in California to comply with AB 2053.

CA AB 2053
This new law amends California’s sexual harassment training law, AB 1825, to include specific training and education on abusive conduct – often referred to as bullying. This mandatory biennial training is required for all supervisors working in an organization employing more than 50 individuals. To comply with AB 2053, TargetSolutions updated Sexual Harassment Awareness for Supervisors (California AB 1825), as well as Sexual Harassment Awareness for Supervisors (California AB 1825 – EDU), to meet the new requirements.

In addition to updating its web-based sexual harassment prevention training, TargetSolutions has uploaded a document to Community Resources summarizing the bill that can be attached to a course. Please search any of the following terms in Community Resources to locate the document: AB 1825, AB 2053, California, sexual harassment, bullying, workplace bullying, abusive conduct.

Note: If you completed this course after Oct. 21, the new amendment lesson was included in your training.

TargetSolutions will supplement its Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Children course with information on CA AB 1432.

CA AB 1432
This new law requires school districts and other state educational institutions to annually train employees on their duties under the child abuse reporting laws. TargetSolutions will supplement its Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Children course with information to comply with employees’ obligations under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).

CANRA requires all “mandated reporters,” basically any employee who has contact with children, to file a report with local law enforcement or county welfare departments whenever they witness or learn of abuse. In the past, CANRA did not require this training.

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ updates to comply with CA AB 2053 or CA AB 1432, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Police Officers Will ‘Rise or Fall to the Level of Their Training,’ Says TargetSolutions’ New Law Enforcement Instructor

Industry Expert Hired as TargetSolutions’ New Law Enforcement Instructor to Bolster Online Law Enforcement Training Catalog
SAN DIEGO – Over the past 30 years, Steve Ramirez has held just about every position possible in law enforcement. After his time in the Marine Corps, Ramirez served as an officer, investigator, commander, police academy director, and master trainer, just to name a few.
Ramirez worked 10 years as a police chief in three states and was a peace officer in four. He’s been an expert witness and instructor in police leadership, policy, use of force, and counter-terrorism. Ramirez is currently serving as an adjunct professor for criminal justice at Texas Tech University, as well as the University of Texas-San Antonio, after working as the director for law enforcement, homeland security and institutional research for campus preparedness, safety and security for the State of Texas.
If there is one thing Ramirez’s three decades of experience have taught him, he says, it’s that training is critical to police officer effectiveness.
“Training has always been important, but in today’s environment, it’s mandatory for police agencies to understand just how critical training is to successful outcomes,” said Ramirez, who has been hired as TargetSolutions’ new law enforcement instructor. “When decisions must be made in matters of life and liberty, officers rise or fall to the level of their training.”
In his new position with TargetSolutions, Ramirez, who has a master’s degree in human resource development from Palm Beach Atlantic University and completed post-graduate studies in both adult education (George Washington University) and criminal justice (Sul Ross State University), will review TargetSolutions’ online police training catalog, which currently features more than 240 law enforcement titles.
He’ll also assist in the writing of new course material and will be leveraged as a resource for insight into how police agencies can maximize TargetSolutions’ internet-based training system.
“I am thrilled that Steve will be joining our team,” said TargetSolutions’ Content Architect Jeremy Lynch. “He shares our values and our focus on education, and he places the same strong emphasis as we do on creating a dynamic user experience. He has shown himself to be an extraordinary educator throughout his law enforcement career and has a proven track record.”
In Ramirez’s mind, this is the perfect time to join TargetSolutions as police agencies’ need for mandatory training is magnified each day.
“There is an opportunity to do great things here at TargetSolutions – not just for TargetSolutions, but for law enforcement,” Ramirez said. “Look at what happened in the press coverage at Ferguson, (Mo.). Too many people are asking, ‘should police be allowed to have all this military gear?’ The real question is if police are trained and led well enough to use that equipment in an appropriate and effective manner. In my view, all too often the answer is no. They are not trained well enough. The key to law enforcement success in the age of terrorism isn’t hardware, it is software. Effective training provides the right software.
“What TargetSolutions brings is not just the ability to meet mandatory training requirements online, but the ability to provide, facilitate, and record training and all of the other compliance activities that are essential to a progressive police department.”
About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges. TargetSolutions is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information, please call 1-800-840-8048 or check online at www.targetsolutions.com.

 

VectorLearning Acquires eLearning Provider CentreLearn Solutions

CentreLearn Solutions Will Merge with TargetSolutions, Combining the Fire and EMS Industry’s Two Leading Providers of Web-Based Training Management Services

SAN DIEGO – VectorLearning, a leader in online education and training for a broad range of industries through its RedVector, TargetSolutions, and CiNet-RedVector brands, announced today it has acquired Pennsylvania-based CentreLearn Solutions, a pioneer in online education for emergency responders.

By combining CentreLearn with TargetSolutions, VectorLearning has changed the landscape of web-based training management services for public safety agencies. Post transaction, TargetSolutions will serve more than 2,300 organizations, putting it in the unique position as the industry’s unquestioned leader for cutting-edge learning management applications and online continuing education courses.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to merge CentreLearn with TargetSolutions,” said Tom Wallace, CEO of VectorLearning. “By combining these two leaders in web-based training for emergency responders, we will be able to offer even more value to clients. Both of these brands are extremely well respected because of their dedication to delivering exceptional training courses and innovative technology that streamlines training management.”

With the acquisition of CentreLearn, VectorLearning is now offering training solutions to nearly 3,000 organizations in a broad range of industries, including design and construction, industrial operations, and public safety. By aligning together, TargetSolutions will benefit from CentreLearn’s talent and expertise, as well as its strong course content library, which will eventually be made available to all TargetSolutions’ customers.

“VectorLearning shares our same level of commitment to online education, and most importantly, to the heroes who serve us all through public safety,” said CentreLearn’s CEO Jason Paluck. “We chose to join together with VectorLearning because it has the same vision as we do – and that is to deliver the very best training courses and applications so emergency responders remain safe, compliant and effective while serving our communities. By merging with TargetSolutions we will be even stronger than before. We’re excited to add our experiences and expertise to the team and begin our journey together.”

About VectorLearning
VectorLearning sets the standard for excellence in online continuing education and training for organizations as well as licensed technical professionals in the design and construction, industrial operations, and public safety industries. Through its award-winning Learning and Performance Engine, the company offers individual courses as well as large-scale corporate training solutions featuring customizable and easily accessible online universities with a full range of tracking and reporting features. With an online library exceeding 2,000 interactive and accredited courses authored by more than 200 subject matter experts, VectorLearning serves more than 300,000 working professionals in all 50 states and Canada. VectorLearning was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For further information call 1-866-546-1212 or visit www.VectorLearning.com.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges. TargetSolutions is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information, please call 1-800-840-8048 or check online at www.targetsolutions.com.

IAFC’s VCOS and TargetSolutions Announce Winner of 2014 Training Officer Recognition Award; Special Ceremony Scheduled for Fire-Rescue International

SAN DIEGO — Every year TargetSolutions attends Fire-Rescue International, it is special. The annual conference, scheduled Aug. 13-16 in Dallas, is one of the most important and well-attended events on the fire service’s calendar.
This year’s conference will be especially memorable for the 2014 Training Officer Recognition Award ceremony, which is presented jointly by the IAFC’s Volunteer & Combination Officers Section and TargetSolutions, the industry’s leader in online training and records management.
Capt. Chip Everett Oshtemo Township Fire Department

Captain Chip Everett of Oshtemo Township Fire Department in Michigan edged out a large group of worthy candidates who were nominated for the special honor. Everett will accept the award, created to acknowledge exemplary conduct befitting a training officer, at a special ceremony during the VCOS annual section meeting on Aug. 14.

When Everett first learned he was being recognized for the training he delivers as his department’s training and safety officer, he was taken aback.
“I was really surprised and very humbled, I didn’t even know I had been nominated,” said Everett, whose combination department employs six full-time and 30 on-call members responsible for answering around 2,000 calls each year.
“It is always nice to be recognized for the work you do and the time you put in. But at the same time, I don’t know about having the focus on me, necessarily. We have a really solid group in our county and we do a lot of joint training. It’s not just one person, it’s a broader effort.”
That might be true, but Oshtemo Deputy Chief Rick Griffin believes Everett’s impact on the department and the Kalamazoo County Training Committee has been monumental. In his nomination form, Griffin cited numerous areas where Everett has gone above and beyond, including his work to help standardize training throughout the county, working with the NIST committee, attending the National Fire Academy and train-the-trainer classes to improve his delivery techniques, and many other contributions to the department’s training program.
“Chip continues to develop new ways to provide training,” Griffin said. “One of the recent additions to our department training is a ‘road rally.’ This not only allows our drivers to pick the best route to addresses, but gives the crews tasks to complete at each address. The team with the best time to complete all tasks gets rewarded with dinner. This has helped build teamwork and camaraderie. … His tireless effort to make sure we are one of the leaders in our county makes him the go-to-guy for not only our department, but for members of all of our county’s departments.”
The opportunity to work with the VCOS and honor Everett is a special opportunity for TargetSolutions, according to Executive Vice President Thom Woodward. The fact it’s all going to happen at this year’s biggest conference makes it even more significant.
TargetSolutions will be presenting its online system at booth No. 5508 in FRI’s Expo Hall. This is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about the industry’s most comprehensive online training management solution.
“FRI is a premier event for the fire service,” Woodward said. “We find it very valuable to be an exhibitor. The FRI Expo Hall allows our prospects and clients to experience what’s new from TargetSolutions. We present live demos, are available to talk one-on-one and collect information about needs and interests. It’s also the venue where we have the privilege of recognizing the Training Officer of the Year, an IAFC/VCOS award TargetSolutions sponsors. Stop by our booth. We look forward to seeing you there!”
About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges.
About IAFC Volunteer & Combination Officers Section
VCOS provides chiefs and chief officers who manage volunteers within a volunteer or combination fire, rescue or EMS delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism.

TargetSolutions Joins Forces with VCOS for 2014 Training Officer Recognition Award

SAN DIEGO — TargetSolutions, a leading provider of online training for the fire service, is excited to announce it has renewed its partnership with IAFC Volunteer & Combination Officers Section for the 2014 Training Officer Recognition Award.
This award was created to recognize an individual who demonstrates a significant role in firefighter training through their commitment to best practices and operational effectiveness at their department. All IAFC members are eligible for the award, which will be announced at the VCOS annual meeting on Aug. 14 during Fire-Rescue International in Dallas.
“We’re excited that TargetSolutions joins forces with VCOS Section of IAFC and have the privilege to recognize one of its members who exemplifies excellence in fire service training,” said TargetSolutions’ Executive Vice President Thom Woodward. “I am grateful to IAFC for recognizing our commitment to the education and safety of our first responders across the country. It is an honor to have the opportunity to recognize an outstanding individual with that same commitment.”
Applications for the award are being accepted through June 30. The winner will receive round-trip airfare and a three-night hotel stay at FRI (Aug. 13-16), plus free registration to the conference. Nominees should be chiefs, training officers, or others acquainted with training who demonstrates innovative methods for training.
In addition to the Training Officer Recognition Award, TargetSolutions is offering VCOS members a discount on the industry’s most powerful online training management system. Departments will receive $500 off TargetSolutions’ set-up fee, plus an additional 10 percent off user fees. If interested in this discount, please click here to register to watch a free demonstration.
For more information on TargetSolutions, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048. For more information about the IAFC Volunteer & Combination Officers Section, please check online at www.vcos.org.
About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges.

After Being Acquired by VectorLearning, TargetSolutions Now Offers Industry’s Leading Online Training Catalog for Law Enforcement and Professional Security Agencies

SAN DIEGO — TargetSolutions, the leading provider of online training management services for public entities, is now providing online courses created by CiNet’s Law Enforcement Training Network and Professional Security Training Network. The offering is a result of TargetSolutions being acquired by VectorLearning, a leader in online education for organizations and professionals working in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.
By combining the online training catalogs of LETN and PSTN with TargetSolutions, TargetSolutions is now able to deliver hundreds of hours of engaging online training courses with engaging videos for law enforcement and security professionals. The catalog provides an extensive list of courses covering all of today’s most important law enforcement subject topics.
“Being a part of Vector Learning strengthens our opportunity to become a leader in other important segments of the market — Law Enforcement and Professional Security,” said TargetSolutions Executive Vice President Thomas Woodward. “We are now the preferred technology platform for our public safety clients and prospects. This includes providing everything we always have to our existing LETN and PSTN customers and enhancing the customer experience by delivering a robust software solution framework that reaches beyond online training.
“I am very committed to our brand of customer satisfaction as we embrace our existing LETN and PSTN customers and I am very excited about our prospects to learn more and grow with the Law Enforcement market.”
Along with the industry’s most comprehensive online catalog, TargetSolutions provides a powerful, easy-to-use records management system that helps police departments schedule, deliver and track Daily Observation Reports, Perishable Skills Training, Roll Call Tracking, Firearm Officer Evaluations, and much more.
For more information on TargetSolutions’ online training management system, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.
About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges.

TargetSolutions to Demonstrate Online Risk Management Platform at PRIMA

Are you attending PRIMA’s Annual Conference? If you’re headed to Long Beach for the event June 8-11, please stop by booth No. 137 and say hello to TargetSolutions’ National Sales Executive Jason Finley.
Finley will be demonstrating how the industry’s leading risk management platform is helping public entities across the country prevent losses with online safety training.
“PRIMA is a great opportunity to show the industry’s risk managers and safety officers how TargetSolutions works. TargetSolutions features the industry’s most comprehensive web-based catalog of safety training, including courses for OSHA, sexual harassment, driver safety, and much more. This training can change unsafe behavior and help reduce liability.”
Jason Finley, National Sales Executive with TargetSolutions
Finley is excited to meet new individuals looking to learn more about the platform, as well as clients who are already reaping the benefit of TargetSolutions’ online courses, innovative technology applications, and world-class customer service.
One client, County of Shasta California, reported tremendous financial benefits after implementing TargetSolutions’ online training management system. Risk Management Analyst Jonathan Hill of Shasta County reports injuries have dropped 30 percent since the county implemented TargetSolutions.
“We attribute much of the savings to TargetSolutions,” Hill said. “If you look at the participation and the decrease in injuries and the costs savings, you can see the evidence is there that TargetSolutions helped save us money. We don’t see any way around it.”
For more information on TargetSolutions, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.
About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions provides cutting-edge technology, engaging online training courses and world-class customer service. As the leading provider of online safety training for public entities, TargetSolutions enables organizations to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all tasks, certifications and training activities.

TargetSolutions to Present Industry’s Leading Online Fire Training System at New York State Association of Fire Chiefs’ FIRE 2014 Expo

TargetSolutions is pleased to exhibit June 11-14 at the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs’ FIRE 2014 Expo. Please stop by booth No. 2325 and meet Regional Sales Manager David Fulmer, who will be demonstrating the benefits of TargetSolutions’ online fire training management system.
With more than 250 hours of Fire and EMS recertification courses, including more than 60 hours of valuable NFPA training and certified credentials for the four levels of EMS providers recognized by the New York State Department of Health (EMT, AEMT, AEMT Critical Care, Paramedic), TargetSolutions is an excellent resource for achieving compliance.
TargetSolutions’ credential tracking tool links courses to the divisions and required hours set by the DOH, and includes topics like airway management, pediatric, trauma, preparatory, and operations. EMS agencies or departments with a CME agreement may fulfill 100 percent of their recertification requirement through TargetSolutions.
As the industry’s leader in online fire training management, TargetSolutions is the ultimate technology for thousands of organizations across the country. One of those clients is New York’s Bethpage Fire Department, which has experienced tremendous improvements in its training program since implementing TargetSolutions in November of 2008, according to Joseph Minogue, Chairman–Board of Fire Commissioners.
“Before we started using TargetSolutions, it was tough to get everyone’s annual training documentation filed without missing something,” Minogue said. “TargetSolutions makes everything easy to document and pull out. It’s a great management tool to make sure everyone is staying on top of his/her training. … TargetSolutions offers a convenient, cost-effective method for recordkeeping and getting training messages out.”
For more information on TargetSolutions’ online training management system, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.
About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions provides cutting-edge technology, engaging online training courses and world-class customer service. As the leading provider of online fire training for emergency responders, TargetSolutions enables organizations to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.

 

Additional 13 Hours of Online Fire Training Courses Approved for Recertification in Florida and Iowa

TargetSolutions’ RT-130: Annual Wildland Fire Safety Refresher is a four-module online fire training course that has recently been approved for recertification in of Florida and Iowa.

Three states with fire recertification training requirements have approved as many as 13 additional hours of online fire training with TargetSolutions. Florida, Texas and Iowa recently accepted several of TargetSolutions’ newest courses, including five hours of valuable NFPA firefighter training.
NFPA 1584 Firefighter Rehabilitation (Modules 1-2) and NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Evolutions offer a combined five hours of training that can be applied toward fire recertification hours. In Florida, TargetSolutions’ RT-130: Annual Wildland Fire Safety Refresher (Modules 1-4) added another eight hours of newly recognized training. Recently approved courses have been added where applicable to Certified Credentials inside TargetSolutions’ fire department tracking application, Manage Credentials.
“These courses give platform managers more options as they strategize their department’s training for fire recertification purposes,” said Account Manager Ann Gruetzmacher, who works with clients in the Southeast region. “They are very engaging with dynamic interactions and learning features. We’re excited they have been approved for recertification.”
Here is a breakdown of new hours added for clients utilizing customized credentials:
Florida: Three new course titles – NFPA 1584 Firefighter Rehabilitation (two hours in each module), NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Evolutions (one hour), and RT-130: Annual Wildland Fire Safety Refresher (two hours in each module) – added 13 hours of training for Instructor I, Instructor II and Instructor III. Courses are not approved for the Inspector level.
Texas: The two NFPA courses added five hours for Level I continuing education. The wildland firefighting training course was previously approved. These courses have been added to the following Certified Credentials inside TargetSolutions’ fire department training system: Basic Fire Suppression, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Officer III, Fire Officer IV and Basic Wildland Fire Fighter. Please click here to view TargetSolutions’ fire recertification list for Texas.
Iowa: The three courses (13 total hours) have been approved for recertification and added to the Firefighter I and Firefighter II Certified Credentials. Please click here to view TargetSolutions’ fire recertification list for Iowa.
If you have any questions about course approvals in your state, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.
About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for fire and EMS organizations. These solutions enable organizations to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all station-level tasks, certifications and training activities.