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Mental Health Awareness for Emergency Responders

Television and movies portray the life of a first responder as fast-paced, high stakes and full of adrenaline rushes as they easily move from life-saving event to another. What the media overlooks is the extreme emotional, physical and mental toll of the job. Emergency responders often deal with this in silence.

Vector Solutions’ new course, Mental Health Awareness for Emergency Responders, addresses the causes, symptoms and coping strategies for the most common mental health disorders for EMS professionals. This comprehensive training was created with veteran first responders to shine a light on the hidden struggles of this profession.

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Track by Vial and Other Enhancements to TargetSolutions Check It™ Mobile App

Departments using the TargetSolutions Check It™ system can easily streamline inspections for vehicles, equipment, medical supplies, controlled substances and more. With convenience and accuracy in mind, new enhancements to the TargetSolutions Check It™ mobile application means even faster, more user-friendly features.

This complete revamp of the mobile app includes the ability to track by vial for controlled substances, greater search functionality, new fuel log fields and more.

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More Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths Linked to COVID-19 than Other Causes

COVID-19 Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities across the country, police officers are enforcing new local mandates in addition to their regular responsibilities. When assessing line of duty deaths (LODDs) for 2020, COVID-19 was found to cause more LODDs for law enforcement officers than all other causes combined.

Research by the Officer Down Memorial Page and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) linked COVID-19 to more than 100 line of duty deaths so far this year.

To protect citizens and officers, safety and prevention must be top of mind. That’s why Vector Solutions created multiple resources for COVID-19 and training courses available to law enforcement agencies at no cost.

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Top 5 Reasons to Sign Up for a Free Trial of TargetSolutions Scheduling™

TargetSolutions Scheduling™ Free Trial

This integrated mobile application and web-based solution makes it simple to schedule employees, adjust staffing levels, recall employees to fill shifts, manage overtime and track hours for payroll. Best of all, you can try out this solution for your agency, for free, with a 30-day free trial.

Why should your agency sign up for a free trial period? Among the advanced, but user-friendly, features, there are many benefits to choosing TargetSolutions Scheduling™. Here are the top 5 reasons to sign up for a free trial today:

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Newly Updated NFPA 1 & 101 Training Series Meets Florida Firefighter Requirements

As part of the recertification process, Florida Fire Safety Inspectors are required to take eight additional hours of continuing education. This training must be based on the Florida-specific versions of the NFPA 1 Fire Code and the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.

To meet these requirements, Vector Solutions developed a course series specific to these codes: NFPA 1 & 101: Modules 1-4. Available through the TargetSolutions system, the series was updated to ensure Florida firefighters are compliant with the most current version of recertification standards.

Learn more about TargetSolutions’ newly updated courses designed for Florida Fire Safety Inspectors recertification.

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New EMS Training: Naloxone Administration, Endocrine System Emergencies & More

EMS Naloxone Administration

With more than 250 hours of continuing education, Vector Solutions’ online course library allows EMS personnel to easily recertify and maintain compliance. New and improved courses in the EMS catalog highlight crucial industry topics. In this round of catalog enhancements, 3 new courses were added, and an additional course was revamped with up-to-date content.

New course titles in the catalog include: Endocrine System Emergencies Basic, Basics of EMS Operations at a Mass Casualty Incident and Opioid Overdose & Naloxone Administration.

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TargetSolutions Meets New York EMS Continuing Education Requirements

New York EMS Continuing EducationTargetSolutions’ online EMS training catalog features more than 250 hours of continuing education for agencies across the country. With the addition of the all-new course, Endocrine System Emergencies Basic, TargetSolutions can now be used to fulfill 100% of EMS CE requirements for New York.

This means New York paramedics, EMTs and EMRs can fulfill their CE units online with TargetSolutions’ dynamic courses. Not only is this a more convenient way to complete CEUs, but now NY EMS agencies can manage their members’ training with the industry’s leading learning management system (LMS).

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Continuing Education Approved by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Law Enforcement Continuing Education

As a high risk, high stakes occupation, law enforcement officers have to make instant, appropriate decisions under extreme pressure. To ensure they’re prepared to do so, officers must continually refresh their training and stay up-to-date on the latest procedures.

Texas law enforcement agencies can deliver 80 hours of continuing education to personnel with TargetSolutions, a brand of Vector Solutions. With the addition of the Calibre Press series, Texas departments can choose from 122 hours of training content, approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to meet these required continuing education hours.

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How to Manage Firefighter Training During a Pandemic

By Fire Chief Arjuna George, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (British Columbia, Canada)

The fire service and all of humanity have got a taste to what our new world may be like and how we will manage this life-changing pandemic (COVID-19).  As the world shifts and adjusts to this new normal, the fire service is faced with numerous unforeseen challenges.  Virtually overnight, one of the most difficult and complex problems the fire service faced was how to maintain their organization’s training competencies during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Firefighters are innovators and great problem solvers. We do not roll over when faced with adversity; we solve diverse issues with our can-do attitudes.  This pandemic has brought upon the world much anxiety and pain, but it has also created golden opportunities for growth and has forced us to be creative and resourceful in all we do.  Response protocols to fire and medical alarms changed overnight but we remained operational and ready to serve our communities 24/7. However, for many departments, in-person training abruptly ended for months on end.

Online training and video conferencing turned into the only option for most North American Fire Services and it worked. It worked so well that many organizations are still using these technological tools today after the restrictions have been eased.

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Cortez Fire Protection District Manages Employee Schedules with TargetSolutions Scheduling

Cortez Fire Protection DistrictAt the start of 2020, Cortez Fire Protection District (Colo.) implemented TargetSolutions Scheduling™ to modernize their employee scheduling tasks. This workforce management application has helped the agency streamline how they plan biweekly schedules, contact employees for open shifts and track hours worked.

With the TargetSolutions Scheduling™ mobile application, they’ve been able to not only save time, but also increase fairness and keep more accurate records.

Learn how Cortez Fire Protection District utilizes this flexible system:

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