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How Virtual Reality Training Works for the Fire Service

Virtual Reality Training for Fire

Vector Solutions, with the help of Pasco County Fire Rescue (Fla.), created a new VR training video on smoke reading for TargetSolutions. Click here to access the dynamic training video.

While many people still think of virtual reality (VR) as a medium for entertainment, it is transforming industries with one of its most practical functions: training. Utilizing VR technology for fire service training enables firefighters to simulate actual scenarios they’re likely to encounter.

How can virtual reality help fire departments leverage new learning methods while saving time and resources? Here’s a look at some of the advantages of VR training in firefighting.

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Streamline Fire Department Equipment Inspections with the TargetSolutions Check It™ Application


With all-new Equipment Inspections available in the TargetSolutions Check It™ application, departments can create, track and report equipment checklists to ensure equipment is functioning properly and ready to use. 

Departments utilizing the TargetSolutions Check It™ application have access to the industry’s latest and most dynamic technology for managing routine truck, equipment and inventory inspections. Easy-to-use features enable personnel to complete inspections faster, help departments visualize apparatus and equipment statuses and improve compliance to regulations on essential tools.

New updates to the TargetSolutions Check It™ system include all-new Equipment Inspections. Now, departments can create, track and report checklists for all equipment used by personnel to ensure items are functioning properly and ready to use.

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City of Reno Utilizes TargetSolutions to Track License and Credential Renewals

The City of Reno has utilized TargetSolutions since 2014 to streamline training management and oversee employee compliance.

Home to more than 235,000 residents, the City of Reno, Nev., has relied on TargetSolutions’ online training management system since 2014. TargetSolutions’ powerful record tracking tools and convenient LMS allows the City of Reno to ensure compliance across its city departments and streamline employees’ training.

Lynn Adgett, Program Administrator for the City of Reno, has been with the city since it implemented TargetSolutions and praises the platform’s flexibility to deliver, document and report training for all employees.

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Meet the Team: Get to Know Julie Gjerset

Meet the Team: Get to Know Julie GjersetOriginally from La Habra, Calif., Julie Gjerset moved to San Diego to attend college at San Diego State University. Julie has now been with TargetSolutions since June as an account manager and covers the Idaho territory.

Julie worked previously as an account manager at a healthcare compliance company before joining TargetSolutions. One day she saw a job posting for the position at TargetSolutions on LinkedIn and found that she was a perfect fit for the client services team. It just so happened that her previous company was in the same building, and across the hall from TargetSolutions.

Since joining the team, Julie expressed, “I like most that I’m supporting our real-life heroes.” She described the work she does as meaningful and explained, “It’s nice working at a place where what you’re doing helps support people.”

Check out this recent Q-and-A to learn more about Julie:

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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 SkillsOffice Productivity and Project Management catalogs, will be updated with more training content for personnel.

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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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