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The Praetorian Group and TSC Partner for Next Generation Version of the Online Training Platform

Partnership Creates the Most Powerful Learning and Records Management Solution Available for Law Enforcement

The Praetorian Group and TargetSolutions today announced an agreement to join forces, with the goal of revolutionizing online training and records management for law enforcement agencies worldwide. The partnership combines PoliceOnes industry-leading content and industry expertise with TargetSolutions unrivaled learning and records management platform.

Law enforcement today is faced with unprecedented challenges, including new threats, substantial budget cuts and increasing levels of liability. By collaborating, Praetorian and TargetSolutions will be able to offer law enforcement agencies a single solution that uses cutting-edge technology and rich online media to cost-effectively address training needs, compliance requirements, and deliver continuing education that assists all levels of law enforcement in better serving their communities.

The partnership combines TargetSolutions already robust online learning and records management platform with the PoliceOne Academy, a content-rich online learning environment that launched in January 2011 and serves more than 120 agencies and 7,000 officers across the country. The PoliceOne Academy currently offers 400 short-format training courses and a repository of 500 training videos from 120 well-respected law enforcement industry experts and is certified for continuing education credit in six states.

The combination of the two creates an enterprise-scale solution that enables departments to maintain compliance, reduce losses, deliver curriculum, and track all department-level tasks, certifications and training activities. It will also feature an enhanced training catalog, including an extensive library of one-hour, high-definition video-based training courses on dozens of contemporary topics, as well as new OSHA and workplace safety courses.

“It’s not often you identify a partnership in which each party brings such complementary strengths to the table to address a very specific market need and opportunity,” said Alex Ford, CEO of the Praetorian Group. “The collaboration immediately takes the PoliceOne Academy to the next level and brings much needed online training and records management capabilities to our nations law enforcement. At the end of the day, it will mean a much better product for law enforcement, more lives saved and safer communities.”

Over the past 12 years, the Praetorian Group has become the leading online media company for the public safety market, and now counts 850,000 first responders as members. PoliceOne.com is the most trusted online destination for law enforcement worldwide, with more than 1.2 million unique visitors per month and 350,000 registered law enforcement officers as members.

TargetSolutions is the leading online training and records management provider for public entities. It offers the industrys foremost learning management system to deliver workforce training and continuing education, as well as automated recordkeeping functions through its cloud-based service. The company has been helping clients reduce costs, increase operational efficiency, and remain compliant since 1999. TargetSolutions currently serves thousands of courses each day to thousands of municipalities and public safety agencies.

We are really excited about partnering with the Praetorian Group to create a platform that offers mission-critical solutions to law enforcement and addresses the problems they face in protecting their communities, said Thomas Woodward, Target Solutions Vice President of Operations. PoliceOne is the online leader in law enforcement, and their credibility, expertise and the depth of their content is second to none. Combined with our distance learning and recordkeeping capabilities, well be able to offer law enforcement significant cost savings and efficiency that mitigate risk and improve public safety.

The combined product will be launching in June 2012. Please visit www.PoliceOneAcademy.com for more information.

About the Praetorian Group
The Praetorian Group is the leading online media and technology company in the public safety market. Our properties are visited by more than 2.1 million public safety professionals every month and count more than 850,000 first responders as members. Praetorian owns and operates www.PoliceOne.com, www.FireRescue1.com, www.EMS1.com, www.CorrectionsOne.com and www.Homeland1.com, as well as more than 15 topical public safety websites providing resources ranging from online video to grant assistance. We are deeply committed to providing resources and cutting edge information that help first responders stay safer, become better informed, and more effectively protect their communities.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions is the leading provider of web-based technology solutions for public entities, with a focus on 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. More than 2,000 organizations across the country use our technology to solve their training needs. We work hard every day to understand our clients challenges and deliver powerful tools that save time and money.

About the PoliceOne Academy
Launched in January 2011, the PoliceOne Academy training website was established to address the gap between law enforcement department budgets and the need to provide ongoing training to officers. To date, there are more than 120 departments, educational institutions, and private security companies spanning 35 states subscribing. The PoliceOne Academy offers 400 short-format training courses and a repository of 500 training videos featuring 120 well-respected law enforcement industry experts. It currently serves more than 7,000 officers across the country, and has been certified for continuing education credit in six states.

TargetSolutions Helps Neighboring Departments Collaborate, Standardize Training

In San Diego’s North County, the cities are close in proximity, but the fire departments are even closer. Check out this video to learn how they work together to train more efficiently.
  • This blog was updated on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

There are 15 departments in San Diego’s North County that have formed together to create the North Zone Training Group. The collaboration is an effort to meet each agency’s training needs through cooperative planning and preparation.

North-Zone-LogoTo achieve this mission with greater efficiency, the North Zone uses TargetSolutions, the industry’s leading computer-based training management system. The goal is to organize the mutual aid partners on an Enterprise site so they can synchronize training activities, share vital resources, and communicate effectively with each other and TargetSolutions.

“TargetSolutions is a common tool we all use and that has great value for us,” said Stuart Sprung of the Oceanside Fire Department. “We have common procedures and guidelines and TargetSolutions provides us with the platform to speak the same language. Each city is like its own network; having a place to come together and share resources just makes sense for all of us.”

North Zone Agencies
Camp Pendleton Fire Department | Carlsbad Fire Department | Deer Springs Fire Protection District | Encinitas Fire Department | Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department | Escondido Fire Department | De Luz Volunteer Fire Department | Del Mar Fire Department | North County Fire Protection District | Oceanside Fire Department | San Marcos Fire Department | San Onofre Fire Department | Solana Beach Fire Department | Rancho Santa Fe Fire

The North Zone originally came together more than 20 years ago. A key factor being so many firefighters were coming through a local community college, creating a need to consolidate training techniques so new recruits had similar skills when performing mandatory job functions.

“When the Palomar College Fire Academy started back in 1990 and students were learning hose lays and other basic firefighting skills, we wanted them to come back to our agencies doing things the same way,” said Brett Van Wey, who serves as the chief for the San Marcos Fire Department.

The need to have firefighters working cohesively is what initially inspired the group to collaborate and that same need brought them together through TargetSolutions two decades later. TargetSolutions is a highly customizable system, so the departments worked together to utilize the platform and understand certain techniques for creating, delivering, tracking, reporting and sharing activities and resources.

“The training officers were looking to get all of our resources under one site,” said Van Wey. “We wanted to create an enterprise site under a joint deal. We’ve been collaborating together for quite awhile, and with all of us having moved to TargetSolutions, this opportunity to share resources and other policy-driven stuff in one centralized site was significant.

“Now, if we have a new policy or a new training manual section, we can put it on one website and everyone will have the ability to assign it out. This helps everybody in the North Zone get the same information without redundancy. We can build things one time and it will be there for all of us.”

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions online training and records management system is the most effective way to enhance your department’s training program. We are focused on helping organizations reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and maintain compliance. With cutting-edge technology and more than 1,000 courses in our library, we simplify training management.

Municipal Emergency Services Chooses TargetSolutions as Provider for Online Training and Records Management Services

TargetSolutions, the U.S. leader in online training and records management solutions for municipalities including Fire, EMS, Police and other public entities, has joined forces with Municipal Emergency Services to deliver the industrys leading web-based platform to the Fire and EMS community. The agreement to work together was announced Tuesday, Feb. 22 during the Firehouse World conference in San Diego.

MES is the largest supplier of first responder equipment, including Globe Manufacturing personal protective equipment, Honeywell First Responder Products, Scott Air-Paks, and much more, for first responders in North America. “The decision to include TargetSolutions to MES impressive lineup of products made total sense,” said MES Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Skaryak.

“We chose to partner with TargetSolutions because it is the pioneer in web-based solutions,” Skaryak said. “We are confident TargetSolutions will provide the best solution for our EMS, Fire and First Responder customers.”

MES, which has done business with more than 20,000 fire departments during its 11-year history, will undoubtedly increase TargetSolutions’ visibility with fire departments across the country.

“This is a great opportunity for us,” said TargetSolutions Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jon Kostyzak. “MES has coverage across the United States and this will take TargetSolutions exposure to a new level. We appreciate the confidence of the decision for Municipal Emergency Services chooses TargetSolutions. MES knows we deliver operational efficiency and cost savings to our clients. There is a great synergy in our ability to provide a valuable service and MES ability to reach fire departments across the country.”

Skaryak said MES looked at the overall landscape of the online training and records management industry and determined TargetSolutions was the clear choice to distribute to its customers.

“We chose TargetSolutions because our philosophy is to promote the top brands,” Skaryak said. “It’s important to us that we only promote products that represent a clear value to our customers. TargetSolutions is a tremendous option for first responders who are looking to train, track and report with a web-based solution.”

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 Hosts User Group in San Diego Giving Clients Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Training

TargetSolutions realizes its ascension to becoming the industry’s leading provider of web-based training and records management services would not have been possible without some very important contributions. More specifically, the contributions of its customers.

“We are incredibly grateful to the clients who have helped us through the years understand what our platform is striving to deliver,” says Alex Day, who is TargetSolutions’ director of information technology and has been with the company for a large chunk of its 12-year history. “Without them, our platform wouldn’t be where it is today.”

That’s why Day and the rest of TargetSolutions were thrilled to host a user group at the downtown San Diego Marriott on Feb. 22 during the Firehouse World expo. TargetSolutions gathered more than 50 clients to learn tips and tricks and offer feedback to the company’s technology and client services departments.

“We want you to challenge us and tell us what we need to do to make our system better,” TargetSolutions’ CEO Jon Handy said during the events introductions. We owe it to you to do everything possible to make our platform the very best it can be. We’re proud to be able to serve you and we are absolutely committed to providing the best platform on the market today.

With standing room only, attendees enjoyed a demonstration of the platforms newly upgraded interface, a sneak-peek of several soon-to-be-released applications and a constructive question-and-answer session. Client service representatives were also in attendance and covered questions on implementing videos into content, setting alert notifications and utilizing previously-made custom activities.

“This is the second time I’ve attended a user group and its really a tremendous opportunity,” said Mike Bilheimer, who manages 165 users on the system as the division chief for San Bernardino City Fire Department. “TargetSolutions puts this together to help us improve on how we use the software. I really enjoy being a part of it and learning about the platform.”

Tony Hernandez, who serves as the training captain for Cal Fire San Diego, was impressed with the new California Incident Command Certification System application, which is scheduled to be released later this year. The tool combines Activities Builder with Credentials Manager to effectively report CICCS Red Card status.

“The new CICCS app is very useful,” Hernandez said. “Cal Fire is one of the main players in wildland credentials, so it’s a step in the right direction.The user group has been informative. As a training officer, I’m always looking for ways to better utilize the product.”

Some of the attendees came to the event to learn how their peers are utilizing the system, which is the industry’s most robust online training, recordkeeping and compliance solution for public entities.

“It’s a great opportunity to network and see what other people are doing with TargetSolutions,” said Christine Boozer, who is the civilian training officer for the City of Fresno Fire Department. “TargetSolutions is really willing to listen to us and that’s great.”

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 Excited to Team Up With Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs

The Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs has teamed up with TargetSolutions to provide its members with access to the industry’s leading online training and records management system.

The SEAFC will soon make TargetSolutions available to its members, providing them with user-level access to training resources from departments across the country. The SEAFC will have the ability to create and deliver training activities and other communications through the system, as well as store resources in a password-protected online location.

“We are extremely excited about this partnership,” said Jeff Oathout, who is TargetSolutions regional manager for the southeast. “We appreciate the confidence the SEAFC has shown in us and we are excited to be able to show its members our platforms capabilities.”

TargetSolutions was founded in 1999 and has grown into the industry’s leader in web-based training services for the fire service. The company strives to deliver easy-to-use technology that can help departments improve productivity and save money. With TargetSolutions, departments are able to schedule training and monitor compliance 24 hours a day, seven days week.

“We are happy about the opportunity to work with the SEAFC,” said Jennifer Antinone, who will serve as the SEAFC’s account manager. “We want to make this experience beneficial to everyone. We feel our platform makes life easier for users and l look forward to helping the SEAFC’s members as they learn what the platform can provide.”

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 Excited to Sponsor Special Event for the Burn Institute at Firehouse World

Firehouse World is coming to San Diego for the 10th year in a row but there’s a new twist this time around. The inaugural Fire Service Appreciation Night on the U.S.S. Midway will kick off the conference and is open to all attendees.

The special event for the Burn Institute is being hosted by Municipal Emergency Services and is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The suggested donation for attending is $20, which covers all food and drinks as well as live music by the Bill Magee Blues Band.

The Burn Institute is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. TargetSolutions is contributing to the event as a Platinum sponsor.

“We are very excited to participate with MES on this great opportunity to help support the special event for the Burn Institute,” said Jon Kostyzak, who is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TargetSolutions. “The Burn Institute is a great organization. They do tremendous work to help burn victims. We’re happy to be able to sponsor this event and help a great organization.”

In addition to the food, drink and music, attendees will experience an up-close look at the longest serving US Naval Aircraft Carrier of the 20th century. They will be able to explore the U.S.S. Midway Museum and ride the adrenaline-pumping flight simulators.

All donations will go to the Burn Institute and they are 100 percent tax deductible. For more information, please check online at www.firehouseworld.com.

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.

First TargetSafety Now TargetSolutions Our Online Training Management System Makes Profound Impact on Fire Service

In the very beginning, the idea of web-based training courses replacing hands-on education was roundly rejected. Some people laughed. Some even scowled. Most just said it would never work because it was impossible to effectively deliver training through the Internet.

“People were skeptical, and understandably so,” said TargetSolutions’ CEO Jon Handy. “We were offering a significant shift in how things had always been done. I think the fact we’ve changed so many minds over the last 12 years really speaks to the quality and usefulness of our platform.”

The company was founded in 1999 as a safety training business under the name TargetSafety. Training courses were originally offered as CD-ROMs before being moved over to HTML when the Internet took ablaze. But many who voiced doubts during the early days are now believers in TargetSolutions, which features the industry’s leading and most powerful online training management system.

“We’ve always been committed to providing the very best online training possible. That’s how we made our mark in this business,” Handy said. “But over time, we’ve continued working hard at creating technology solutions that enable our clients to manage their overall organizational operation. We are focused on building applications that help fire departments do their job quicker, better and with less risk so they can track compliance and improve productivity. We never stop innovating here at TargetSolutions.”

In October of 2011, TargetSafety officially changed its name to TargetSolutions to better depict the company’s full-range of services. The reason is simple the company isn’t just web-based training anymore. As municipalities and public entities have increasingly been forced to do more with less, TargetSolutions has worked to find answers that help clients reduce costs, streamline operations and improve productivity. The name change more clearly articulates that message and resonates better with clients, according to the company’s Chief of Operations Thom Woodward.

“The name TargetSolutions reflects who we are and what we do more effectively,” Woodward said. “Our technology platform is very flexible and solves problems beyond safety training. We’re dedicated to serving our clients and helping them save time and money.”

One way TargetSolutions is revolutionizing the way fire departments complete mandated training is with unrivaled career-development applications. Whether it’s ISO training hours, EMT certifications, driver’s licenses, or departmental SOPs; they all need to be managed. With TargetSolutions, departments are experiencing an easier process tracking that information than ever before.

“Before TargetSolutions, training and recordkeeping was very cumbersome,” said Stuart Sprung, who is a fire training specialist responsible for managing Oceanside Fire Departments training program. “We knew that for the guys 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 since we’ve implemented TargetSolutions.”

In 2008, the company released Custom Activities, which is at the center of the powerful data-tracking tools enabling clients to log information on activities. In 2009, the company released Credentials Manager, which enhanced the platforms capabilities in collecting licenses, qualifications, certifications and more. Then, in late 2011, TargetSolutions’ team of talented developers completed a major overhaul of the platforms interface.

Fueled by the feedback from clients, the redesign was focused on creating a more engaging and intuitive product. During the process, the company sought advice from numerous fire departments utilizing the platform on a daily basis. It was Sarasota County Fire Departments Ken Treffinger who summed up the changes with one word: Wow!

“After seeing the new (TargetSolutions) platform, I was immediately impressed by the layout and look that it presented,” Treffinger said.” 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 ease of navigation it offers.”

“No matter how much easier the platform is to navigate, it still needs to provide robust applications that deliver increased operational efficiency and save organizations time and money. The company continues to deliver on that promise, according to Mark Fleming of the City of Lawrence Fire Department in Indiana.”

“We’ve saved the city a ton of money using TargetSolutions,” Fleming said. “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.”

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.

TargetSafety is Now TargetSolutions

TargetSafety, the U.S. leader in online training and records management solutions for municipalities including fire, EMS, and other public entities, is pleased to announce its name change to TargetSolutions effective immediately.

Since our inception in 1999, we have strived to make life easier for those professionals who serve us all. Over that time, municipalities and public entities have increasingly been forced to do more with less. As a result, we have worked hard to find new solutions that can help our clients run their departments and organizations more efficiently.

First started as an online safety training company, then expanding over the years to support the first responder community, TargetSolutions offers a wide variety of web-based solutions that provide our partners the means to reduce costs, streamline operations, and improve productivity. We believe the name change to TargetSolutions more clearly articulates that message and resonates better with our clients.

“The name TargetSolutions reflects who we are and what we do more effectively,” said Vice President Thomas Woodward. “Our technology platform is very flexible and solves problems beyond safety training. We’re dedicated to serving our clients and helping them save time and money.

“The exercise of changing our name has helped to reaffirm our commitment to helping fire, EMS, police and other municipalities and public entities control their budgets and increase productivity. As part of our core philosophy, we promise that will never change. We are the same technology solutions provider you’ve come to know and trust, with a name and logo that better reflects our commitments and range of services in all the markets we serve.”

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.