On Sept. 27, Vector Solutions hosted its first-ever San Diego Fire Truck Pull event in the 4S Commons Town Center in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. Working with local companies and fire service agencies, Vector Solutions donated all the event’s proceeds to the Burn Institute.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), more than 70 percent of those abusing illicit drugs in America are employed, as are most binge drinkers. The use of drugs and abuse of alcohol in the workplace can threaten employee safety, reduce productivity and increase workplace claims.
As a supervisor or manager, you have the important responsibility for the safety of your organization and its employees. TargetSolutions’ enhanced courses, Reasonable Suspicion of Alcohol for Supervisors and Reasonable Suspicion of Drugs for Supervisors, offer valuable training in identifying symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse in employees, addressing suspicions and enforcing company policies.
Modernized with video-based lessons, these two courses engage supervisors with a live presenter, custom videos, updated statistics and case studies. After taking this training, supervisory personnel will be better prepared to handle situations where they expect employees are abusing drugs or alcohol.
TargetSolutions’ online platform for training, asset tracking and workforce scheduling is frequently updated to provide agencies with more convenient, powerful applications. Each platform enhancement is developed according to client feedback.
Recent enhancements were designed to improve functionality in TargetSolutions’ tools for credentials, event management and other features. These improvements give platform administrators more control over Credentials and how they manage events.
Learn how this round of platform updates can help simplify processes in your agency.
In the fire service, communicating with one another, sharing stories and learning from different agencies helps departments grow and improve their own practices.
In the August 15th Firehouse webcast, New Training Programs Utilize Technology after Close Calls, and the September 12th Fire Engineering webcast, A Discussion About Inspections, fire service veterans highlight lessons from their own department’s processes. Through the discussions in these webinars, they exchange ideas to further improve safety and readiness.
In this mission-critical industry, what can go wrong, often will go wrong – so it’s important to plan accordingly. These Fire Engineering and Firehouse webcasts are packed with valuable information and advice to help your agency understand the value of operational readiness through effective training, communication and established routines.
EMS professionals must always stay up-to-date in their continuing education to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to protect communities and save lives. TargetSolutions’ EMS training catalog includes more than 250 hours of accredited CE courses for EMTs and paramedics.
To keep training fresh and relevant to first responders, courses in the EMS continuing education library are frequently updated. In this latest round of course enhancements, lessons were built to be fully video-driven and include a live presenter. In addition to creating a more engaging and immersive learning experience, course content was also refreshed with new case studies and relevant findings.
It’s no secret public safety professionals are exposed to more high-stress situations than the average civilian. With that, fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel experience higher rates of stress-related disorders and diseases.
The National Institute for Public Safety Health highlighted this by comparing the average age of a first heart attack in the general U.S. population (66 years old) to the average age for a firefighter (49 years old). These findings were also similar for law enforcement. Law enforcement officers tend to have higher blood pressure and cholesterol than civilians and 40% of them have a sleep disorder.
Due to these elevated risks, public safety personnel must be proactive in caring for their mental and physical health. TargetSolutions’ online training course library for public safety agencies includes training for the wellbeing of employees. Courses such as NFPA 1500: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Fire Industry, Emotional Survival in Law Enforcement and Workplace Stress speak to the unique challenges of these industries and offer healthy coping strategies.
As September is National Suicide Prevention Month, identifying workplace stressors and reacting to warning signs is crucial. It’s the responsibility of every individual in these fields to understand their personal mental health and help one another when possible. Learn more about how your agency can address health concerns with TargetSolutions’ custom-built training for stress management.
Accurate tracking of daily apparatus inspections is crucial for fire departments to ensure personnel have the resources they need; vehicles are functioning properly, and individuals are held accountable. However, this simply isn’t possible without an effective system for managing fire department inspections.
TargetSolutions Check It™ is a total asset and inspections management solution built for the fire service. Accessible through the mobile application or from any web-enabled device, departments have a centralized solution for inspecting, tracking and reporting daily apparatus inspections.
With TargetSolutions Check It™, agencies can streamline apparatus checks, reduce the costs of wasted supplies and produce detailed reports.
Law enforcement professionals, like many other employees in public safety, work long, sometimes unpredictable hours. Consequently, risk factors such as fatigue and stress can threaten job performance and are closely linked to police workforce scheduling.
TargetSolutions Scheduling™ simplifies the management of even the most complicated organizational tasks. Built specifically for the needs of missions-critical industries, this law enforcement scheduling software streamlines crew scheduling, overtime hiring, callbacks, time-off requests and more.
Using TargetSolutions Scheduling™, law enforcement agencies can ensure fairness and efficiency in their workforce management. With the potential to improve employee effectiveness and overall efficiency, this police scheduling software is the ultimate solution to managing your workforce.
According to the Foundation for Advanced Alcohol Responsibility, every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an impaired driver. That is roughly one death every 50 minutes.
Given these findings, TargetSolutions recently enhanced its impaired driving course: Fleet Program Impaired Driving. Driving is a common task required of many employees nationwide. Even a small increase in safe driving practices can reduce the number of accidents and, most importantly, save lives.
TargetSolutions Check It™ is the only asset and operations management solution for mission-critical industries that is integrated with TargetSolutions’ online training management system. Accessible via the mobile application or from any web-enabled device, this system allows agencies to streamline maintenance and inspections for apparatus, equipment, medical supplies, and now, controlled substances.
This recorded webinar, Best Practices for Managing Controlled Substances, highlights new functionalities for cradle-to-grave tracking of controlled substances. Discover how your ALS department can securely track and manage everything related to controlled substances. Watch a recording of this webinar to learn more.