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Preventing Cancer in the Fire Industry

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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Coming Soon: More Than 1,500 New Training Courses for Municipal Employees

More than 1,500 new training courses for municipal employees are coming soon to TargetSolutions’ expansive online course library.

These courses address crucial topics for a variety of commercial industries, including architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), facility management and maintenance, cyber security, power and utilities, and more. Many of the new titles will offer valuable continuing education units (CEUs) in their respective professions.

With the addition of these courses, TargetSolutions will add five all-new catalogs to its online course library and also revamp existing catalogs with new titles. The premium IT & Security catalog, as well as the Business Skills and Office Productivity catalogs, will be updated with more training content for personnel.

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Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Training Course Educates Personnel on How to Reduce Exposure to Infectious Materials

TargetSolutions’ Bloodborne Pathogens Safety training course helps personnel mitigate risks of exposure to potentially infectious materials and implement protection strategies.

Bloodborne Pathogens Safety is by far one of TargetSolutions’ most highly completed course across all industries with more than 64,000-course completions in 2017. Due to the serious threats of exposure to potentially infectious materials, this course is highly recommended for all workplaces where personnel may encounter these risks.

Including more than 20 infectious agents, some of the highest concerns for current occupational settings are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

TargetSolutions’ Bloodborne Pathogens Safety training course complies with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) standard to reduce the health risks to workers whose duties involve exposure to blood or other hazardous materials. Additionally, the course incorporates the 2001 OSHA revisions to the standard that were made in compliance with the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.

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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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New Store Rooms Feature for TargetSolutions Check It™ Application

Enhancements to TargetSolutions Check It™ Application

TargetSolutions continues ongoing enhancements to TargetSolutions Check It™ application for apparatus and equipment checks with the release of Store Rooms for online inventory management.

The TargetSolutions Check It™ application not only simplifies routine truck and equipment checks for departments, but also allows personnel to track essential tools and measure inventory levels. To help users better visualize inventory stock, review expirations and restock items, TargetSolutions released Store Rooms for the TargetSolutions Check It™ desktop application.

The addition of Store Rooms is a part of continuous updates to the TargetSolutions Check It™ operations management system that focus on making processes more efficient by streamlining asset and inventory management.

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TargetSolutions Online Training Helps Fulfill Annual Police Training Requirements

Law Enforcement Training Requirements

Annual Police Training Requirements

Being a police officer is a demanding career that requires a great deal of specialized training. As professionals dedicated to enforcing the law and protecting citizens in their communities, police officers must be physically and mentally prepared to deal with a wide variety of situations.

Today’s police officers must also understand something about the technology used to communicate with one another and how technology can help to create more effective training for officers. To fully prepare trainees to carry out their duties as safely and effectively as possible, it’s important for police agencies to use the latest and most appropriate training programs. Each state has its own police training requirements but they emphasize the same basic skills and capabilities.

TargetSolutions Law Enforcement Training

TargetSolutions offers online police training that covers the annual police training needs for many states. There are quite a few proven benefits to this innovative training with more than 240 courses covering topic such as sexual harassment prevention training and driver safety – improving responses to high-risk, low-frequency situations. This training platform is accepted in many states, including Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas.

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Meet the Team: Get to Know Account Manager Ryan Aneson

TargetSolutions Account Manager Ryan AnesonRyan Aneson joined the TargetSolutions team as an account manager in May. She came across the opportunity at TargetSolutions on LinkedIn and thought it would be a great fit. Since starting as an account manager, the overwhelming support she has received from her team members has reinforced her decision.

Ryan attended Manhattan College, a liberal arts college, in the Bronx, N.Y. Originally from New York, Ryan had spent many cold winters in her hometown and decided that she needed more sunshine in her life, which is what led her to sunny San Diego. Ryan comes to TargetSolutions with ample experience in the client success field.

When asked what she likes most about working with her clients she says, “They are some of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

Get to know Ryan a little more with this recent Q-and-A:

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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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TargetSolutions Revamps EMS Continuing Education Catalog


TargetSolutions added more than 90 new EMS CE courses to its online EMS training catalog with up-to-date content and engaging formats.

As the industry leader for fire and EMS continuing education, TargetSolutions constantly refreshes its online course catalog with meaningful courses that include up-to-date content and are delivered in engaging formats. To continue this initiative, TargetSolutions is adding more than 90 new EMS CE courses to its online training catalog.

These in-depth courses were adopted from CentreLearn, which was acquired by TargetSolutions’ parent company Vector Solutions in 2014. Courses in this new bundle cover crucial lessons for all levels of EMS personnel.

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The Top 10 Online Training Courses for Law Enforcement

TargetSolutions’ comprehensive, online Law Enforcement training catalog features more than 240 courses and covers crucial lessons for law enforcement professionals. With a total of over 103,000 course completions, these online training modules are designed to enhance field knowledge, reduce risk and maintain safety.

To highlight some of the most highly utilized courses and important topics, here are the top 10 courses in the law enforcement training catalog based on the total number of completions over the years.

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