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TargetSolutions’ Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness Training Series Undergoes Enhancements

TargetSolutions’ Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness series, recently enhanced with new content, multimedia, and video, provides eight hours of online hazardous materials training that covers the essentials of preventing and managing hazardous events.

Even with the best prevention methods in place, incidents involving hazardous materials are bound to happen. Understanding the nature of hazardous materials – and how to respond to various types of incidents – will help you quickly manage a dangerous situation and minimize damage.

TargetSolutions’ Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness is a four-module series of online training courses designed to educate personnel on hazardous materials, effective communication strategies, personal protective equipment (PPE), preventative measures, and much more.

Packed with eight hours of hazardous materials training, this four-part series has been reinvented with updated content, enhanced multimedia, and is now presented in a video-driven, instructor-led format.

Here is a breakdown of each module in the series:

Module 1: The series begins with a summary of the different environmental regulations surrounding the issue of hazardous materials and hazardous waste. The module presents the identification of different types of hazardous wastes and their classifications in order to prevent hazardous waste incidents.

Module 2: The second installment discusses various methods used to identify hazardous materials and substances, both in transport and industry.

Module 3: This course explores the potential risks of working with hazardous chemicals and their effects on the body, including routes of entry and basic toxicology.

Module 4: The final lesson in the series focuses on employee awareness when working around hazardous materials, steps for proper handling of hazardous materials, preventative measures to curtail hazardous incidents, and mitigation methods.

“These types of incidents are bound to happen, regardless of how much caution is taken. That’s why it’s important for first responders to equip themselves with hazardous materials training and to be ready for when they do occur. These courses have been updated, they have been enhanced, and they’re incredibly important for anyone who will be exposed to hazardous incidents.”

Bryan Fitzgerald, Content Manager, TargetSolutions

 

TargetSolutions’ course catalog also features other courses that discuss hazardous materials, including First Responders Operations Level Refresher (four modules), Introduction to Hazardous Materials (EMS), Hazard Communication (OSHA), Hazmat Spill Prevention & Control (OSHA), and Hazmat Transportation (OSHA), among others.

If you have any questions online hazardous materials training or about TargetSolutions’ online training catalog, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

Naval Veteran Marc Scheipe Named to Lead TargetSolutions

Marc Scheipe brings more than 20 years’ experience strengthening software services for existing customers and expanding into new markets.

Marc Scheipe brings more than 20 years’ experience strengthening software services for existing customers and expanding into new markets.

SAN DIEGO – Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support, is excited to announce Marc Scheipe has been selected to lead its public sector business unit and oversee the TargetSolutions brand. Scheipe, who most recently served as president for Sage Software NA, will focus on strengthening and expanding TargetSolutions’ industry-leading training management applications for public entities. With Scheipe at the helm, TargetSolutions is poised to continue its exceptional growth and increase its service offerings to meet the needs of all public-sector agencies.

“As a veteran, I am passionate about the mission to help save lives here at Vector Solutions, and I know the importance of the tools and training we provide to help achieve this. I am excited to share my expertise and passion to help the TargetSolutions tools reach the people who need it most,” said Scheipe, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

In his new role, Scheipe is responsible for building on the strong foundation of TargetSolutions’ core public safety business, as well as expanding into new markets and developing partnerships with government agencies seeking to streamline and maximize training and performance with innovative technology. Scheipe has held senior leadership roles in software, payments and financial services while consistently increasing revenue, implementing new business strategies and executing complex integrations.

Scheipe, an Atlanta resident, is a natural fit at TargetSolutions because of his previous military and business experience. TargetSolutions serves more than 200,000 emergency responders and Scheipe’s background as a TOPGUN graduate, experienced Lieutenant Commander, and FA-18 strike-fighter pilot, means he’s perfect for the job of serving those who work in the public sector.

“I am certain that Scheipe’s insight as a naval officer, along with his professional expertise, will prove to be a powerful combination and asset for strengthening the TargetSolutions brand,” said Jeff Gordon, CEO with Vector Solutions. “He understands our business and our mission – he understands what it means to serve. He sees our vision and knows how to get us there.”

About TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand, delivers award-winning, real-time training and record-keeping solutions to the fire services, emergency medical services, risk pools, cities and municipalities, law enforcement and public works industries. The company provides engaging, accredited online training courses, cutting-edge software applications, and dynamic performance management solutions to help make organizations safer, more capable, and more compliant. For more information, visit www.targetsolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @TargetSolutions and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TargetSolutions.

About Vector Solutions

Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support, provides award-winning SaaS solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial, facilities management, public safety, IT and education industries. Its brands, RedVectorTargetSolutions, and SafeSchools, deliver continuing education (CE), training, technology and performance management solutions using the latest innovations in learning and technology to create safer, more capable, more compliant organizations. Its extensive online and mobile learning library exceeds more than 5,000 courses written by 200 subject matter experts and reaches more than 5 million professionals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit www.vector-solutions.com. Follow us on twitter @VectorPerform and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/VectorPerformance.

New Upgrades to Manage Events Application Simplify Event Planning for Public Entities


TargetSolutions makes continuous platform enhancements to improve the user experience. The latest upgrades streamline event planning for public entities.

TargetSolutions is the leading computer-based system for all facets of training management and your feedback is crucial in our efforts to improve the platform. The latest enhancements modernize the Events application with a more user-friendly design and greater functionality.

New upgrades to the Events application include the following:

• Manage Events in the Administration Section
• Search Bar and Sorting Functionality
• Supervisor Rights for Platform Managers for Event Management
• Improved Enrollment and Attendance Records

event planning for public entitiesMore Convenience for Platform Managers
Manage Events in the Administration section significantly improves the application’s usability for creating and organizing events. Now, rather than having to switch between the Home and Administration tab, administrators can oversee events from the same platform page they use to coordinate training courses and activities.

Greater Search and Sorting Capabilities
The new search bar and sorting functionality will save you time by simplifying navigation between current and past events. Users and platform managers can find a specific event by searching for its name or sorting the table values in the event list according to a category – such as a date or location.

Distribute Responsibility to Streamline Management
Supervisor rights grant event editing abilities to individuals, other than the original event creator. With access to these new rights, multiple platform managers can edit event details such as attendee enrollment, recording attendance and canceling an event. Enabling supervisor rights for several people distributes responsibility to streamline adjustments for easy event planning for public entities.

Using the new Event History, you can oversee these changes and track who edited information and when the edits were made.

Easily Access Event Registration Information
In addition to simplifying event creation, approving or denying attendee enrollment is now painless with the ability to approve or deny multiple attendees at once. This usability upgrade makes the enrollment approval functionality more practical and efficient.

Attendee information also provides valuable data for compliance purposes. Once at the event, training officers can take attendance and view the attendance record in My History and completions reports.

“Enhancements to TargetSolutions’ Events application make creating, managing and reporting events easier for organizing hands-on training or event planning for public entities. You can now manage all event communication and report attendance with TargetSolutions’ all-in-one training management system.”

Misty Pratt, Product Manager, TargetSolutions

For more information about the updated Events application, please visit TargetSolutions’ online Help System or contact us today at (800) 840-8048!

Watch Video to Learn Five of the Most Important Firefighter Training Strategies

It’s critical for every fire department to implement effective firefighter training strategies. Here are five critical strategies to help your department’s training be effective.

Saving lives, cost reduction, improved efficiency. All serve as the pinnacle goals of fire department training officers everywhere. But how do you get there? Where do you even begin when taking on the mammoth task of creating a firefighter training program?

The truth is there is no simple cut-and-dry solution, but there are options available. With that in mind, here are the top 5 requirements for an effective firefighter training program.

  • Implement a Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Custom Content Creation
  • Plan & Follow Through
  • Health & Wellness
  • Employ a Training Officer

To read the full story and learn more about these five requirements, please click here.

If you have any questions on how TargetSolutions can help your fire department achieve its training goals, please contact us today at (800) 840-8046.

E-Learning Modernization Will Lead to More Dynamic Training Content in Future

Scenario-based training, virtual reality, microlearning format, and powerful course-development applications are pillars of e-Learning modernization and the future of computer-based training.

The world of training is changing. As more organizations incorporate online courses into their training regimen, e-Learning is becoming more dynamic. With growing demand, TargetSolutions continues to develop resources that enhance engagement and improve comprehension for users.

The future of cutting-edge content and technology is transforming how agencies train. The following tools are on the horizon of e-Learning modernization:

  • Scenario-based training
  • Virtual reality
  • Microlearning
  • Course-development applications

Scenario-Based Training

Scenario-based training allows users to practice decision-making in situations they’ll likely encounter in the field. This form of training tells the story behind learned concepts and helps users retain critical information from online courses. Scenario-based activities also save time and money by placing the learner in a realistic setting without the risk or cost of hands-on training.

Virtual Reality

“Virtual Reality” is a buzz word for e-Learning modernization. Understanding concepts is one thing, but virtual reality places the user inside the experience. Using virtual reality for online training fully immerses an individual into an environment so they understand what they will be walking into while in the field.

For example, a fleet driver could benefit from using virtual reality to study the different parts of a cockpit. The ability to look around the work area from all angles makes the driver more likely to remember what to do when working on the cockpit in person and execute procedures smoothly.

Virtual reality, however, doesn’t mean every employee must now purchase their own headset. Advancements in 360-degree images allows users to access the imagery of virtual reality from their computer.

Microlearning

While most training material teaches users on how to perform a task, microlearning serves as performance support in the field. Providing personnel with microlearning tools leads to higher retention, fewer mistakes on the job, and lower long-term costs of training.

So what is microlearning? Microlearning courses are condensed lessons that can be reviewed within a few minutes. Its purpose is to reinforce already learned concepts to ensure employees complete their jobs as efficiently and safely as possible.

Being mobile-optimized, microlearning courses are also more convenient than going through an entire lesson to find the correct topic. Employees have the information they need right at their fingertips.

Course-Development Application

The course-development application streamlines the course customization process for faster implementation. This means being able to personalize training to the department’s needs and delivering the content with less time in between.

“The more effort we can put into interactive engagement to create learning experiences, the more students will have that ‘aha’ moment and understand things better,” said Ammon Wiese, who serves as TargetSolutions’ director of content.

TargetSolutions is focused on e-Learning modernization. These types of on-demand resources such as scenario-based lessons, virtual reality, microlearning courses, and course-development applications are the future of online training.

For questions about e-Learning modernization and other new developments at TargetSolutions, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048!

Manage Hazard Warning Labels with TargetSolutions’ New Online SDS Management System

TargetSolutions’ new online SDS Management System helps you manage your chemical and safety data sheets across your entire agency so you can comply with important OSHA and GHS requirements. Fill out the form below to request a demo!

When using chemicals in the workplace, whether they are common cleaning solutions or potentially hazardous chemicals handled by first responders, safety should always be the first priority.

Managing safety data sheets through paper binders makes updating warning labels and communicating procedures a lengthy and difficult process – especially in the case of an emergency.

TargetSolutions’ new online SDS Management System helps organizations modernize their SDS collection. Using the online platform, you can achieve safety compliance with improved communication and faster execution of OSHA requirements.

“This functionality is built to help ensure safety,” said TargetSolutions’ Director of Product Jennifer Jones. “Managing your SDS system with TargetSolutions gives you the ability to communicate and access important information more quickly. Virtual collections ultimately improve understanding of different chemical procedures and reduce risk in the workplace.”

Here are some of the key benefits of TargetSolutions’ online SDS Management System:

  • Easily create and update SDS collections. Administrators have access to thousands of safety data sheets from the manufacturers of commonly used chemicals and can even upload their existing SDSs to the system.
  • Quickly produce necessary secondary labels to identify chemicals and containers with hazard warnings and pictograms. According to OSHA requirements, chemical binders must be organized by work area. With TargetSolutions’ online SDS management, organizations can efficiently access labels and comply with OSHA’s regulations.
  • Add the same SDSs from the Collections tab to the appropriate locations. This helps organize SDSs that are relevant to multiple locations.

Streamline SDS Collections with Easy to Use Online System
By utilizing TargetSolutions’ new SDS system, agencies can change information in virtual binders. Items can be shared instantly. Agencies can also oversee communication by adding as many administrators as necessary and controlling their editing abilities in the system.

“In addition to better communication between administrators, the web-based system is more accessible to users through mobile devices,” Jones said. “Personnel can directly look up safety data sheets with the platform’s search feature or scan location-specific posters with QR codes. These functionalities give agencies greater access to their chemical library and provide valuable information to first responders in the case of a chemical-related emergency.”

If you would like a demo of the new system, please fill out the form above. Also, please note this product is currently unavailable through TargetSolutions in the state of California.

If you would like more information about the SDS Management System, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

Streamline Incident Reporting with TargetSolutions’ New Accident Tracking System

TargetSolutions’ new incident reporting system delivers an online tool for public entities to manage work-related accidents and injuries. The system features dynamic dashboards and reports that provide valuable data to help you prevent future incidents and manage risk. Fill out the form below to request a demo.

When an employee is injured or involved in an accident while on the job, multiple reports are often required to recount the details for different organizational and OSHA purposes. Then, it is up to the organization to act as quickly as possible to handle the situation and mitigate future risk.

That process can now be streamlined.

Introducing TargetSolutions’ new Accident Tracking system, which simplifies incident reporting for faster response times and more timely filing.

The Accident Tracking system is built to improve your organization’s ability to sufficiently document and manage accidents. The program consolidates reports, makes filing claims easier with electronic forms and provides analytics for administrators.

“Communication is everything when it comes to incident reporting,” said TargetSolutions’ Product Manager Jen Jones. “The Accident Tracking System’s centralized reporting maintains crucial information in one accessible place for personnel. Filing forms in a single electronic location can help eliminate redundancies and potential discrepancies between accident details.”

Once a report is created, administrators are notified by e-mail, which allows supervisors to address the situation immediately. Additionally, administrators can automatically populate report information in the system to another state, OSHA, and insurance forms. Generating reports compliant to multiple standards makes the claims process faster and allows involved individuals to move past the situation sooner.

Here are some of the benefits and features of TargetSolutions’ new Accident Tracking system:

  • Submit reports and electronic forms conveniently from any web-enabled device
  • Create reports on mobile devices, which reduces paperwork and allows them to be processed closer to when the actual incident took place
  • Provide accurate reporting data with powerful tracking functionality
  • Upload photos and eliminate loss of information by reporting details in real-time

Be Proactive in Managing Risk with Incident Reporting Technology

The system provides decision makers with the ability to review incident reporting data and perform a simple trend analysis to identify patterns in accidents or injuries. For instance, if a particular machine or piece of equipment is causing repeat injuries, refresher training can be delivered to ensure proper utilization. Or decision makers will know the equipment needs to be updated with something safer.

Improve Safety Compliance with One Insightful, Efficient and Affordable System

Incident reporting is faster and easier with automated e-mail notifications and mobile-ready forms to report at the scene of the accident. In addition to the ability to handle current incidents, the Accident Tracking tool can help prevent future incidents with data analyses that lead to proactive decisions for an organization.

If you would like a demo of the new system, please fill out the form above. Also, please note this product is currently unavailable through TargetSolutions in the state of California.

If you would like more information about the Accident Tracking system, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

New Functionality Enables Administrators to Add New Activities to Existing Credentials

All it takes is a few simple clicks when creating a new custom activity to add it to a previously created credential inside the TargetSolutions platform.

All it takes is a few simple clicks when creating a custom activity to add it to a previously created credential.

If you are an administrator who has ever wished you could add an activity into an existing credential directly from the activity, your wait is over. Now, you can save time and avoid the hassle of having to go into Manage Credentials to add a new activity to Credential topics.

New functionality inside Activities Builder enables administrators to add activities straight into a credential topic with just a few simple clicks. Administrators can add an activity to as many credentials as they would like, which saves time.

“In the past, you would have to create an activity and then go into Manage Credentials to add it to the credential,” said Product Manager Misty Pratt. “This was a step that impeded workflow. Now, if you are creating an activity that counts toward credential training requirements, you can add it to that credential topic directly from the activity.”

To learn more about utilizing this new functionality, please click here to view help documentation.

If you have any questions about this enhancement or other features inside TargetSolutions’ online training management system, contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

TargetSolutions Releases Second Fire Service Health and Safety Training Course

TargetSolutions’ Fire Service Health and Safety (Part II) explores the interconnected concepts of health and safety and how they relate to the fire service.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines wellness as “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.” When it comes to the fire service, some of the most dangerous parts of the job are those which cannot be seen or heard, making firefighter safety issues an ongoing topic of discussion in the industry.

firefighter health and wellness

This all-new training is the second course in TargetSolutions’ firefighter health and wellness training series.

Fire Service Health and Safety (Part II), the second course in TargetSolutions’ firefighter health and wellness training series, is a newly released course developed by TargetSolutions that explores the principles of wellness and the unseen dangers that firefighters face every day. Loaded with 13 learning modules that cover an array of firefighter safety issues, the course features a complete voiceover narration track, exclusive interactions, and engaging multimedia.

“It’s important to understand that the fire isn’t the only danger that firefighters will face on a daily basis,” said TargetSolutions Content Manager Bryan Fitzgerald.

“The course includes a special section that focuses on chemicals of combustion that are associated with fires and how firefighters can keep themselves safe. Part II should be taken in tandem with Part I, as both courses are equally integral to firefighter wellness.”

Objectives of this firefighter health and wellness training course include:

• Discuss the concept of wellness as it pertains to the fire service
• Identify different chemicals of combustion
• Describe how fire smoke finds way past PPE, onto skin, and into firefighters’ bodies
• Discuss the evidence-based cancers related to firefighting
• Explain how other agents like diesel exhaust and shift work contribute to cancer

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ course catalog for fire departments, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

New Webcast Explores NFPA® 1410 Training Standard

nfpa® 1410 training standard

TargetSolutions recently launched a series of NFPA 1410 training standard courses that provide high-definition video demonstrations of common fireground evolutions.

A recent webinar delivered by Firehouse and sponsored by TargetSolutions dives into the importance and significance of the NFPA® 1410 training standard. The hour-long webcast touches on the importance of maintaining a self-sufficient training standard.

During the webinar, “NFPA® 1410: Are You Training to a Standard,” it is stated the responsibility of trainingsolely belongs to the firefighter.

cb-cta-button-nfpa1410-webcastThe webcast states five “musts” in order to produce great training in the fire service:

1) Realistic: If it’s not realistic, departments run the risk of losing their audience. Students will want to do anything else other than participate in training.

2) Relevant: It has to be relevant to what it is that departments are doing. If high-rise tactics are being trained on in rural America, it’s probably not very relevant.

3) Referenced: Where 1410 really comes into play, training has to be referenced back to a standard.

4) Performance Based: Evaluate performance on the scene.

5) Member Involved: Get the buy-in for training from your organization.

The presentation features a comprehensive history of NFPA® 1410, a detailed breakdown of the chapter makeup of the standard, and a thorough analysis of the training in context.

TargetSolutions recently launched a series of NFPA® 1410 training standard courses that provide high-definition video demonstrations of common fireground evolutions. Written, directed, and narrated by subject matter experts, the 14 courses close the gap between the training ground and the fireground.

“Modern firefighting is an art which requires a vast store of professional knowledge and skill. It is impracticable for an individual to attempt to acquire this knowledge and skill from experience alone, a major part must be acquired through systematic training and study.”

Lloyd Laymen, Chief, Parkersburg Fire Department

For more information about TargetSolutions’ NFPA® 1410 training standard courses, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.