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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best Practices for Logging ISO Training Hours in TargetSolutions

Logging Training Hours for ISO Review

To ensure your agency is properly using the ISO credential in TargetSolutions to track hours for your department’s next ISO review, keep these points in mind…

TargetSolutions’ ISO credential organizes the required training hours for your department’s personnel to achieve a class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). This credential is consistently updated according to changing ISO standards and clearly defines mandated training topics and hours. However, while the pre-built bundles simplify what to track, it is up to departments to enter the proper information the ISO is looking for during an audit.

To ensure your agency is appropriately using your ISO credential and is only tracking what counts for the next ISO review, keep these points in mind:

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City of Weirton Fire Department Utilizes TargetSolutions’ ISO and Custom-Built Apprenticeship Credentials

City of Weirton Fire DepartmentFire Chief Jerry Shumate of the City of Weirton Fire Department (WV) faces the same challenge as other smaller departments: Managing hundreds of mandated training hours for personnel without designated staff to do so.

Since implementing TargetSolutions in 2017, the dynamic online training and records management platform has enabled his department to track and report training in one, centralized online location.

 

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Josh Blum of Loveland-Symmes Fire Department Selected as 2018 Training Officer Recognition Award Winner

2017 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award

Blum’s Hard Work Recognized with Prestigious Award that Honors Exemplary Conduct Befitting of a Training Officer

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading operations and training management software for the fire service, and the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) are proud to announce Deputy Chief Josh Blum, of Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department (LSFD), as the recipient of the 2018 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award.

Blum will be recognized with this award at the annual VCOS meeting on Aug. 9 during the 2018 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Dallas.

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NFPA 1410 Checklist: Essential Steps for Developing & Measuring Fire Drills

Company drills play a major role in the training of modern firefighters. One reason for this is the fact that only four percent of total calls for firefighters are for working fires. Firefighters, therefore, rely mostly on training to develop their skills.

To help address this need for comprehensive education, TargetSolutions offers a 14-course bundle in video format that presents firefighting techniques in an innovative and easy-to-follow manner. These drills are based on NFPA 1410 Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations. Their purpose is to give departments a training tool, often used for pre-training coursework prior to the drill-yard, to help prepare personnel for initial attack operations.

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TargetSolutions Builds 3 Custom Credentials for New York

New York Credential for In-Service Fire TrainingTargetSolutions’ powerful tracking and records management capabilities help departments stay ahead of annual training mandates and ensure personnel are up-to-date on their skillsets. To consolidate crucial training hours for departments in New York, TargetSolutions custom-built 3 credentials written to state-specific mandates for both career and volunteer firefighters.

Custom-Built Credentials for New York

These credential templates provide a base for everything New York fire departments track to comply with state standards. In addition to containing TargetSolutions courses and activities, you can add your own department’s content to supplement necessary training credits.

Rather than individually looking up users’ training hours and potentially finding they have not completed all parts of their training, these credentials make it simple to track training, measure progress towards completion and run reports to prove compliance. Best of all, these auto-renewing credentials require little maintenance and allow you to begin training for the new year instantly.

Here is a breakdown of the 3 credentials for New York and the value they add to your department:

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Every Leader’s Nightmare: “I Don’t Trust You”

A Leaders Nightmare - I Do Not Trust YouBlog by Benjamin Martin

I hate to admit it, but unfortunately, as a leader, I know what the words “I don’t trust you” sound like. Perhaps the most frustrating part for me at the time I heard this, was that I didn’t know exactly what I did to earn this statement from the individual. I spent countless hours second-guessing myself, asking for other’s opinions and trying to find a way to reconnect with this person to get us back on track.

Worse yet, with each day, the distance between us seemed to grow larger and increasingly polarized our team. Our duty as leaders demands that we hold these types of events in private on behalf of the employee while we work through them – even if that person is willing to share their version of events. I heard things about myself that didn’t even remotely resemble what was happening and watched as previously healthy relationships suffered.

It left me wondering…am I even a leader? If so, am I a bad one?

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Equipment Functionality Updates to the TargetSolutions Check It™ Application

TargetSolutions redesigned the Equipment feature in the TargetSolutions Check It™ application for easier management of equipment items and more customizable settings.

The TargetSolutions Check It™ application simplifies routine truck and equipment checks for departments with powerful mobile technology and features that integrate into the TargetSolutions platform.

Since the release of the TargetSolutions Check It™ operations management software, TargetSolutions has already implemented meaningful enhancements to improve user experience and make processes more efficient. This round of updates, and upcoming updates, focus on streamlining asset and inventory management.

The equipment feature in the application was revamped to provide personnel a better overview of equipment pools and individual items within pools. With these new changes, users can more easily access asset information and further customize how equipment is organized.

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TargetSolutions Revises 5 Popular Courses for NFPA 1001 Training Hours

TargetSolutions revised 5 highly utilized courses in the NFPA 1001 series with upgraded content, video-driven modules and an on-screen instructor to increase engagement and improve performance.

NFPA 1001 outlines the essential qualifications for firefighters to effectively and safely perform necessary duties on the job. To meet this standard, TargetSolutions’ online firefighter training course catalog has a complete NFPA 1001 series for Firefighter I & II awareness and refresher level courses.

For an optimized learning experience, TargetSolutions updated some of the most highly utilized courses in this series with upgraded content, video-driven modules and an on-screen instructor.

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Resource of the Month: Boston Cancer Prevention – Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Fire Service Cancer

Community Resources is an invaluable feature in the TargetSolutions platform with a vast collection of shared training tools and content accessible anytime, anywhere. This virtual library allows departments to create and share helpful documents, videos and other files with agencies across the country.

One video from the Boston Fire Department consists of subject matter that hits close to home for those in the fire service: Cancer.

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