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EMS Training: Hypothermia Assessment and Renal Failure

EMS Hypothermia Assessment

Vector Solutions’ online EMS course catalog features more than 250 hours of accredited continuing education. Revamped courses in this course library include: Hypothermia Assessment and Treatment and Renal Failure Advanced.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), these revamped courses cover important considerations for all levels of EMS providers. Video-based lessons are guided by an onscreen instructor and feature custom video animations to demonstrate key points.

Learn more about new EMS continuing education training, available now through Vector Solutions’ Learning Management System (LMS).

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Top 20 Courses to Reduce Liability

Local government agencies are looking for solutions to help mitigate risk and reduce costly claims. This is more important now than ever as the last couple of years have been expensive for companies across the United States.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, reports that one worker died every 99 minutes from a work-related injury in 2019. Liability concerns, such as workplace injuries, cost U.S. companies over $1 billion weekly in 2019 and if trends found by Business Insurance continue, the average total costs of risk for businesses (TCOR) is on the rise – seeing a 2.1% increase in 2018.

To help your agency limit your exposure to risk and protect employees, Vector Solutions (TargetSolutions) is highlighting its top 20 courses for reducing liability.

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West Metro Fire Protection District Standardizes Training and Increases Efficiency

West Metro Fire Protection District

Agency Stats:

  • Area of coverage: 108 square miles
  • Population in coverage area: 325,000 residents
  • Fire Stations: 17
  • Staff: 385 uniform; 445 total
  • Implemented Vector Solutions LMS in 2015; Evaluations+ in 2021

West Metro Fire Protection District (CO) rolled out their Vector Solutions Learning Management System (LMS) in 2015. While they had a Records Management System (RMS) in place for incident reporting, most of the staff training, credentialing, policy management and reporting (including all their ISO documentation) was a paper-laden, manual process. Implementing the LMS has resulted “huge cost savings” and an improved training operation.

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Understanding How the COVID-19 Vaccine Works

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the development of a vaccine was prioritized by nations around the world. Now, there are two main forms of COVID-19 vaccines being mass distributed: the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. As there is much discussion around how they work, Coronavirus 108: The Basics of Vaccines provides information about the science of vaccines, including the COVID-19 messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines.

This free course is the latest addition to Vector Solutions’ complimentary COVID-19 training series. With these condensed video courses, agencies can easily distribute the most current information throughout their organizations to best protect employees.  

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Mobile Fire-Rescue Manages Inspections and Compliance with TargetSolutions Check It™

Mobile Fire Rescue TargetSolutions Check It™

Agency Stats:

  • Class 1 ISO rating
  • Area of coverage: 400 square miles
  • Population in coverage area: 190,000 residents
  • Trucks: 19 engine companies, 11 advanced life support ambulances, plus technical rescue companies and hazardous materials response units
  • Staff: 487 civilian and sworn
  • Implemented Vector Solutions’ LMS in 2017; Vector Solutions’ Check It in 2018

Mobile Fire-Rescue Department (MFRD) is a class-1 ISO rated department in Alabama — a distinction held by only 1% of the nation’s fire districts. As a testament to their dedication to operational excellence, Captain Barry Glisson explained his agency has used Vector Solutions’ software to improve operations and staff training, as well as reduce risks.

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Denver Public School Department of Safety Saves Time with Daily Observation Reports

Denver Public School Department of Safety

Denver Public School Department of Safety (DPS DOS) is responsible for creating a safe and secure environment for over 93,000 students and 15,000 staff members across 220 buildings in the Denver, Colorado area.

Prior to implementing Vector Evaluations+, DPS DOS was using a Word document to record their daily observation reports, which they would manually upload to their TargetSolutions Learning Management System (LMS), available through Vector Solutions.

Sergeant Jason Klika, the DPS DOS Training Coordinator, said they were “dying for the evaluations tool”, which enables them to oversee their entire staff through the Vector Evaluations+ app. With this solution, daily observation reports can be submitted directly and connects to the LMS, so everything is centralized in one location without having to manually upload skill sheets.

In addition to Vector Solutions’ LMS and Vector Evaluations+, DPS DOS recently purchased TargetSolutions Check It. This app will help them simplify vehicle and equipment checks and manage inventory and work orders for tasks like vehicle maintenance. 

Learn more about how DPS Dept. of Safety is saving their team hundreds of administrative hours and improving transparency through better reporting with Vector Evaluations+.

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Help Protect Your Firefighters from Carcinogens, Which Account for up to 60% of LODDs

Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month

The fire service does not shy away from risk. Putting their lives on the line is in the nature of a firefighter’s occupation. However, this is not done recklessly or taken lightly. Fire departments routinely train on important procedures for rescue and extrication, EMS care, incident scene communication and more.

However, risks are not always visible and immediate, such as carcinogen exposure that may not manifest itself until years following an incident, or series of incidents. Does your fire department proactively manage and prepare your firefighters for silent threats like cancer?

According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), cancer is the No. 1 cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths—accounting for 60% of LODDs in a 2016 study.

This occupational risk can be reduced with effective awareness and prevention training. As January is Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month, Vector Solutions is offering informational resources, a complimentary cancer prevention course and best practices in our LMS to build a strong firefighter cancer awareness training program.

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Year in Review: A Look Back at 2020 Innovations & Events

2020 Vector Solutions

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year of significant challenges and changes. During this year, Vector Solutions continued to support agencies and help them adapt to new processes through technological innovations.

In 2020, Vector Solutions developed new products, released crucial training, enhanced existing systems and gave back to local communities. Here’s a look back at this year’s most notable solutions and events.

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Top 10 Online Training Courses in 2020

2020 Online Training Courses

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of ‘normalcy’ in our world. Amid this global crisis, organizations have had to adapt to a number of instant, new challenges. Facilities across the United States closed their doors and schools and workforces transitioned to remote operations.

To help maintain an effective, safe and productive workforce, Vector Solutions provided thousands of agencies crucial training and online operational tools. From the complimentary release of a COVID-19 training series, to resource management tools, to collaboration solutions, Vector Solutions’ suite of applications applications and training content enabled agencies to adapt essential functions without sacrificing the training and tools they need to effectively do their job.

As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to highlight the top 10 most popular online training courses.

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New EMS Courses: Functional Communication for EMS, Pain Management & More

Vector Solutions’ EMS training catalog features more than 250 hours of accredited continuing education for EMS providers of all levels. New courses are frequently added to this catalog to keep up with current procedures and ensure EMTs, paramedics and EMRs utilize industry best practices.

All-new titles include: Functional Communication for EMS Providers; Pain Management; and Emergency Care for Electrical Burns. Available through the TargetSolutions training system, these courses will help EMS professionals fulfill CE units and refresh their knowledge of important topics.

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