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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.

 

TargetSolutions Forms EMS Advisory Board to Help with Development, Upkeep of EMS Continuing Education Courses

TargetSolutions is excited to announce the creation of the EMS Advisory Board. The new six-member panel has been formed to deliver TargetSolutions’ Content team with valuable recommendations to improve existing EMS continuing education courses, as well as review new training material during the development process.

The board was initially created in late 2013 and held its first group meeting during the EMS Today Conference in Washington D.C. in February. With more than 160 hours of accredited EMS continuing education courses available on TargetSolutions’ online training system, the board has a unique opportunity to influence existing courses, as well as future EMS refresher training that can be scheduled, delivered and tracked through the industry’s leading computer-based training platform.

TargetSolutions took careful consideration during the selection of members for the board, which features a diverse group of experienced individuals from a wide range of settings across the EMS industry.

Here is a brief overview of the members on the board:

Dr. Bradley Elias, MD: Is a board-certified emergency medicine physician in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Florida and is affiliated with the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.

Dr. Charles E. Moreland, Battalion Chief: Has 27 years of fire and rescue experience and has worked through the ranks from Firefighter/Paramedic to the Director/Fire Chief of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) in Jacksonville, Florida.

Michael Fraley, Paramedic: Has over 25 years of experience in EMS. He’s held a wide range of roles including flight paramedic, EMS coordinator, service director and educator. Fraley is also the coordinator of a regional trauma advisory council in North Central Wisconsin.

Paul Costello, EMT-P, FF, Fire Service Instructor: Has over 25 years of experience in EMS and fire rescue. His published works include participation in a novel QA/QI initiative that led to an early adoption of the CARES program in his region. Paul is also an award-winning paramedic of his own right, as a former paramedic of the year.

Mike Binney, Training Lieutenant: Has been working in EMS for 12 years and now serves as a Training Lieutenant of EMS at West Metro Fire Rescue in Lakewood, Colorado. Working closely with medical direction, he develops QM-driven curriculum and manages West Metro’s online learning platform for state and national recertification for 375 providers.

Fran Hildwine, Paramedic: A Life Support Educator and Simulation Technician with the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and a paramedic with Chester County Hospital.

Ricky L. Rod, RN, CEN, NREMT-P: A QA/QI Clinical Nurse Coordinator for the EMS Division, Rural/Metro San Diego and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Brad Smith, Paramedic, Fire Lieutenant: Started his career in public safety in Newton, Mass., as an EMT in 1981.

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 Announces New TargetSolutions Academy, Featuring Special Webinar Series Built to Help Platform Managers Become More Proficient with Online System

With a focus on bringing exceptional value to clients and ensuring they have every resource necessary to operate the industry’s leading online training and records management system, TargetSolutions is excited to announce the creation of the TargetSolutions Academy.
The Academy will feature a special six-week webinar series, which opens for registration in early January and continues TargetSolutions’ ongoing effort to bring innovative education to clients.
“We’re thrilled to roll this out in Q1 of 2014,” said Kelly Zielinski, who is TargetSolutions Strategic Risk Management Business Unit Manager. “The TargetSolutions Academy is going to include an engaging webinar series that will help platform managers improve their skills while navigating the platform.”
On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, TargetSolutions will host the first of six webinars built to help platform managers become more proficient operating the system. The series is aimed at training administrators and supervisors, who are responsible for managing their organization’s day-to-day utilization, about the platform’s basic functionality.
After completing the six-week series, clients will receive a certificate of completion. Zielinski said she is confident clients will be able to effectively run the basics at that point.
“Participants will learn tips and tricks to simplify primary utilization of the platform,” Zielinski said. “Our goal at completion is effective, independent operation of the platform. Of course, our account management team will continue to be a support, should clients need it.”
Here is a brief outline of the six webinars that will be held during the first TS Academy:
1. Managing Your Users (Jan. 30, 2014): This webinar will cover adding users, modifying user profiles, creating supervisors, defining categories, modifying organizational profiles, etc.
2. Managing Resources and Activities (Feb. 6, 2014): This webinar will cover the File Center, customizing TargetSolutions’ online training courses, creating custom activities, etc.
3. Managing Credentials (Feb. 13, 2014): This webinar will cover how to create new credentials, who credentials are for, and why they are used.
4. Managing Assignments (Feb. 20, 2014): This webinar will cover how to create, validate, record, delete, merge, renew and auto-renew various types of assignments delivered through TargetSolutions.
5. Managing Your Training Strategy (Feb. 27, 2014): This webinar will cover best practices for planning your organization’s training, building learning-track templates, handling employee turnover, etc.
6. Managing Reports (March 6, 2014): This webinar will cover the capabilities of TargetSolutions’ powerful Generate Reports application; giving platform managers more information on how to run various reports, including completions, incomplete assignments, credentials, etc.
Please click here to register for this special webinar series.
TargetSolutions will continue to host regular webinars for platform beginners as the Academy is designed for administrators and supervisors who have already completed their introductory training. If your organization is just getting started – or you need a basic refresher – please e-mail TargetSolutions to find out when you can join an upcoming weekly webinar.
Advanced administrators and supervisors will be excited to learn TargetSolutions is planning to implement more innovative webinars in 2014 to cover more in-depth topics. These webinars will focus on applying TargetSolutions’ powerful applications to industry-specific training requirements and operational procedures.
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 Launches NFPA 1584 Firefighter Rehabilitation and NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Evolutions

TargetSolutions is excited to announce the creation of two new online fire training courses: NFPA 1584 Firefighter Rehabilitation and NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Evolutions. The new additions to TargetSolutions’ growing list of NFPA titles are now accessible for the fire service.
“These two courses were musts for TargetSolutions’ course library,” said Jeremy Lynch, who serves as TargetSolutions’ content architect. “We offer many NFPA courses that help train firefighters. We’re happy to offer a course that helps get them back to work when they suffer injuries. And by the same token, preventing injuries during live-burn training events was our goal with the NFPA 1403 offering.”
NFPA 1584 Firefighter Rehabilitation 
Firefighting is a labor-intense occupation. The heavy physical and mental demands placed on firefighters in an emergency can push the human body to its limits — and sometimes beyond. Over half of all fatalities in the fire service are caused by stress, overexertion, and related medical issues, and these also contribute to a large proportion of injuries and illnesses among fire personnel. To protect themselves from overworking and allow them to continue operations in a safe and effective manner, firefighters need to make sure they rest, rehydrate, and reenergize at regular intervals during operations and training exercises.
This firefighter training course reviews the requirements and guidelines for rehab operations. The course discusses topics contained in the NFPA 1584 Standard, and is divided into two modules. The first module discusses aspects related to the regulations and standards pertinent to rehab and their requirements, such as rehab staff roles and responsibilities, pre-incident preparation, and setting up rehab operations at the scene. The second module discusses the practical aspects of rehab related to evaluation and treatment for personnel entering rehab.
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NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Evolutions 

Although the number of on-duty firefighter fatalities has been declining, the proportion of deaths related to training has been increasing, according to NFPA data. In the last decade, more than 100 firefighters have died during training activities, and live-fire training is typically a leading cause of training-related fatalities.
This course reviews live-burn evolutions and emphasizes the importance of safety and compliance with state regulations, NFPA standards, and local policies and procedures established to maintain training effectiveness without compromising safety.
With interactive charts, images, and graphics, these new courses are both engaging and informative. NFPA 1584: Firefighter Rehabilitation and NFPA 1403: Live Fire Training Evolutions are now available in the “Fire-Other” catalog.
About Targetsolutions
TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses and world-class customer service. TargetSolutions was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using its technology to solve their training needs.

 

TargetSolutions to Demonstrate Online System’s Capabilities at Fire-Rescue International

The annual Fire-Rescue International conference is underway in Chicago and TargetSolutions is excited to be on hand, showcasing its web-based platform for online training management at booth No. 4954 during the conferences exhibit hours (10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday).
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to speak with people who would like to learn more about TargetSolutions,” said Executive Vice President Thom Woodward. “We’re capable of providing live demonstrations of our platforms wide-ranging capabilities, and we’re also happy to provide help to clients who come by our booth. Everyone is welcome to stop by and ask questions.”
Not only will TargetSolutions be demonstrating its web-based platform, which features more than 1,000 online training courses and powerful, easy-to-use applications for scheduling, delivering and tracking all types of training assignments, but Product Specialist Tim Riley will be conducting a special training session at FRI on Friday (Aug. 16).
Rileys class, titled “Using Technology to Track Training and Improve ISO Rating,” will cover the Insurance Services Offices updated training requirements, as well as best practices for documenting training to meet required training hours and structuring reports perfectly for ISO’s reviewing process.
The session is scheduled Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. and the program code is OPS-16. If you would like more information on Riley’s session, please click here.
If you would like more information on the TargetSolutions platform, please contact us today at (800) 840-8046.
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.