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Special Webcast: How Police Agencies Can Be Held Liable Without Proper Training

TargetSolutions is sponsoring a special webcast from Law Officer on March 4 at 11 a.m. (PST). Please click here to register for the event.

If you are responsible for managing your police agency’s training program, you’re not going to want miss this special webcast presentation: “Training: Limit Your Liability.”

Laura L. Scarry, a partner with DeAno & Scarry, will be breaking down the City of Canton v. Harris, which the U.S. Supreme Court used to clarify the standard under which cities and counties can be held liable for constitutional violations due to a failure to train or supervise employees.

On March 4 at 11 a.m. (PST), Scarry will also be providing examples of other cases from across the country that cover use of force and what agencies can do to protect themselves through effective police officer training.

Please click here to register for the webcast.

Learn more about TargetSolutions’ training for law enforcement.

 

The 10 Most Popular PPE Resources in Community Resources

TargetSolutions features thousands of items inside its file-sharing application Community Resources. Check out the top 10 resources related to Personal Protective Equipment.

The Community Resources application provides the ability to utilize presentations, videos, policies, and more shared by other organizations using TargetSolutions.

The powerful file-sharing tool features thousands of valuable items, including a long list of resources covering Personal Protective Equipment. Here are the top 10 PPE resources inside Community Resources

1) PPE for First Responders against Ebola Exposure Hazards
2) Guidance on Emergency Responder PPE for Response to CBRN Terrorism
3) Principles of Mass Decontamination
4) Structural PPE Inspection Sheet
5) Suggested PPE Use for Infection Control in Healthcare Settings
6) Personal Protective Equipment Basics
7) Turnout Gear: Testing, Certification, Maintenance Inspections, and How It Works
8) Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Donning
9) PPE Doffing Procedure
10) PPE Selection and Modification

These various resources, which can all be found using specific search terms provided in the slideshow, cover a multitude of topics and best practices pertaining to PPE for emergency responders. These resources can be easily assigned to users with TargetSolutions’ online fire training system.

For more information on Community Resources, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

Ten Popular EMS Continuing Education Courses from TargetSolutions’ Online Library

TargetSolutions offers more than 160 hours of EMS continuing education courses created to help emergency responders remain compliant. Courses feature cutting-edge interactions and are available to users to complete at their own pace.

Here is a list of 2014’s 10 most popular EMS courses based on client feedback:

Respiratory Emergencies Basic: Outlines signs of a patient with breathing difficulties. It identifies major causes of respiratory distress and provides a description of emergency care for a patient with breathing difficulties.

Poisoning and Overdose: Highlights how poisons enter the body, the emergency care of poisoning or overdose, and the administration of activated charcoal for patients with poisoning or overdose.

Back Injury Prevention: Focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to prevent a back injury.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Injuries Basic: Provides an overview of the anatomy of the spine and central nervous system and highlights the signs of spinal injury, assessment and medical care of patients with CNS injuries.

Abdominal Trauma Advanced: Covers both blunt and penetrating abdominal trauma injuries and equips EMS providers with knowledge to provide an accurate assessment for patients suffering either or both such injuries.

Non-Traumatic Chest Pain: Provides a review of assessment and care considerations unique to patients presenting with non-traumatic chest pain. Topics include the prevalence and significance of chest pain and the underlying conditions that can cause it.

Geriatric Emergencies Advanced: Highlights the most common physiological changes and how these changes impact your assessment and treatment of common medical conditions and traumatic injuries.

Toxicology and Substance Abuse Advanced: Reviews toxin exposure problems and discusses the various kind of toxicological emergencies commonly encountered along with assessment findings and patient management procedures.

Workplace Stress: Highlights some typical sources of stress, as well as methods of dealing with and reducing stress in your daily life.

Hazard Communication: Provides clear explanation for the need or hazard communication in the workplace. It also discusses ways to protect yourself from hazardous chemicals by following appropriate work practices and using the proper protective equipment.

“At TargetSolutions, we strive to continually improve our EMS library because we understand that quality, comprehensive training not only makes life easier, it actually saves lives.” 

Jeremy Lynch, Content Architect, TargetSolutions

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ course catalog for emergency responders, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Firefighter Training Webcast: Attack from the Burned Side

TargetSolutions is sponsoring a special webcast from Fire Engineering on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. (PST). Please click here to register for the event.

As the fire service continues to evolve, new firefighting techniques come into play, some of which may question longstanding beliefs. One such case is new age confidence in attacking a fire from the burned side.

For years, firefighter training and operations have focused on attacking a fire from the unburned side. But this may not always be the most effective strategy. Scientific findings are helping firefighters advance their techniques and change some procedures to be more successful.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, Fire Engineering will conduct a live and free webcast at 10 a.m. (PST) that will present different tasks and tactics for extinguishing fires that originate on the exterior and extend into the attic.

Sean Gray, a lieutenant with Cobb County (Ga.) Fire and Emergency Services will use case studies and practical experience while discussing fallacies that have led to firefighter injuries and deaths.

Please click here to register for the webcast.

Streamline Compliance by Completing Mandatory Training with TargetSolutions’ Mobile-Compatible System

Did you know you can complete online training courses while on-the-go with TargetSolutions? Users have the ability to log in to the industry’s leading online training management system and finish training and compliance tasks with their mobile phones and tablet computers.

TargetSolutions features more than 1,200 online training courses for employees that can be taken anytime, anywhere with mobile technology, including the iOS (Apple) and Android systems. Users just need access to the Internet to start recording training.

“We realize how important it is for clients to have the ability to complete training assignments when they are away from the station or office. One of the great advantages of TargetSolutions is that it is always accessible with an online connection. This kind of convenience is what helps organizations streamline compliance, operate more efficiently, and reduce expenses tied to costly in-person training sessions.”

Misty Pratt, Product Manager, TargetSolutions

With TargetSolutions, users can do the following on their mobile devices:

Complete online training courses and most custom activities
View current training assignments, history of completed assignments and upcoming events
Access assignments inside credentials
Search for training in the Self-Assign applications

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online training management system, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Prevent Discrimination in the Workplace with TargetSolutions’ Online Training Course

TargetSolutions’ Workplace Diversity training course has been redesigned and now features new audio content throughout the 60-minute course. 

Using federal anti-discrimination laws as a regulatory reference, TargetSolutions’ Workplace Diversity training course was built to promote awareness and encourage tolerance in work environments.

This 60-minute course outlines effective strategies for organizations to implement to create a positive workplace. The newly redesigned course offers nine learning modules, updated audio, and a 10-question exam. It also describes appropriate steps to take if discrimination occurs.

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online training courses, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Meet Strategic Risk Management Account Manager: Ashley Cole

Ashley hails from Santa Maria, Calif. and attended college at San Diego State University where she majored in Television, Film, and News Media. Ashley married her husband, Jeffrey Cole, an engineer with the Poway Fire Department (Calif.) in May of 2012.

Ashley loves to laugh and plays a variety of different sports. She enjoys being near the water and considers herself a “beach bum.”

Here is a Q&A from a recent conversation with Ashley.

What is your guilty pleasure? 
I have to admit, I have two. Watching the Bachelor and making cakes. However, in order to make up for the brain cells lost watching the Bachelor, I recharge with answering intelligent questions watching Jeopardy.

If you had to spend a day without technology, what would you do?
If I had to spend a day without technology, it would be fine because that means I could head to the beach a lot more and paddle board. 

What is your New Year’s resolution? 
To be an even better me than I was the year before.

What is the first thing you remember purchasing with your own money? 
My camera. I LOVE my camera!

If you could pick any age to go back to, what would it be? Why? 
I would say the age I most appropriately should go back to is 24. Why you ask, well the year I graduated college and the adventure began.

What has been the most memorable/fulfilling moment in your position at TargetSolutions? 
I would say the most fulfilling moment, working with my clients. Specifically, Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and Auxiliary Organizations Risk Management Alliance (AROMA). I enjoy hearing their creative ideas and helping implement them into the TargetSolutions platform.

Four Clients Honored at TargetSolutions’ Customer Appreciation & User Group Workshop

SAN DIEGO  A few blocks from the Firehouse World conference, TargetSolutions held its own special event for members of the fire service on Jan. 27. Leaders from four different fire departments were honored with awards during TargetSolutions’ Customer Appreciation & User Group Workshop at the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego.

Cheryl Roberts of Rancho Cucamonga Fire District (Calif.), Christine Boozer of Fresno Fire Department (Calif.), Mike Heikes of Lacey Fire District 3 (Wash.), and Dan Froelich of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (Calif.) received accolades for their exceptional contributions to TargetSolutions.

The packed house was there to learn more about the industry’s leading online fire training management system and to provide TargetSolutions with valuable feedback on the firefighter training and tracking platform.

Here is a breakdown of the awards presented by TargetSolutions:

 

The Fire Starter Award
Battalion Chief Cheryl Roberts of Rancho Cucamonga was the choice for this inaugural honor created to recognize innovation in firefighter training. Roberts has displayed tremendous tenacity while increasing her department’s utilization of TargetSolutions. As a client since 2006, Roberts has promoted the platform in her region and coordinated various events to bring multiple agencies in San Bernardino County together to learn more about TargetSolutions.

“There was a whole team of us that kind of put (on events) together, so I am honored that I was given the opportunity to be the face of that,” Roberts said. “Hopefully, it can continue to grow in other areas. … The more we are in (TargetSolutions), the more we can share and the more we can help each other.”

The Vanguard Award 
Training Division Coordinator Christine Boozer of Fresno was this year’s Vanguard Award winner, another new honor created to recognize Boozer for her dedication to outstanding firefighter training. Boozer has displayed tremendous determination for delivering exceptional training and pioneering the way for utilization of TargetSolutions.

“Christine Boozer taught me that TargetSolutions was a training mechanism, not just a list of courses,” said TargetSolutions Regional Sales Manager Andrew Lynch.

Boozer’s department has been a client since 2006 and over that time she has played a crucial role in advocating TargetSolutions. Boozer has worked to help departments implement the platform with her in-depth knowledge on how to maximize TargetSolutions for firefighter training.

“A lot of agencies come to me and want to replicate our system, but it’s more about what do they need? What do they face? What are their exposures? What do people need to learn? What do they need to report? And TargetSolutions can do that. It is the technology that can do that. But first you have to decide what you need.”
Christine Boozer, Fresno Fire Department 

The Helping Hand Award 
The Helping Hand Award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond in assisting TargetSolutions in the improvement of the platform. This year it was awarded to Battalion Chief Mike Heikes of Lacey Fire District 3, which has been a client of TargetSolutions since 2012.

Heikes’ dedication to Thurston County’s training – and helping his neighboring departments maximize TargetSolutions – has been remarkable, said TargetSolutions’ Regional Sales Director Phil Coons.

“Mike Heikes is a huge advocate for our platform,” Coons said. “He informs other departments that he (used to) send four guys out to train and would receive reports back in four different ways. With TargetSolutions, he can send those same guys out and get reports back the same way.”

Before receiving the award, Heikes said he was “humbled” by the honor. He cited TargetSolutions’ firefighter tracking and reporting tools as the reason why he has been such a huge advocate of the platform.

The Lifetime Achievement Award  
The final award went to Assistant Fire Chief Ken Barnes and Battalion Chief Dan Froelich of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for fostering outstanding utilization of the TargetSolutions platform at his department.

Leadership at SDFD has worked to maximize TargetSolutions to its fullest capability. In fact, the department, which has had more than 1,800 users on TargetSolutions since 2009, logs around 50,000 completed training assignments and compliance tasks each month, Lynch said.

Please Click Here to Watch TargetSolutions’ Andy Lynch Deliver the Lifetime Achievement Award to SDFD’s Dan Froelich.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges.

 

 

TargetSolutions Ready to Show How Risk Managers Can Deliver Online Safety Training for Employees at PARMA

Are you heading to Anaheim’s Disney Hotel Feb. 8-11 for PARMA’s 41st Annual Risk Manager’s Conference Membership Meeting? If so, make sure to stop by booth No. 330 to meet with TargetSolutions’ representatives.

The annual event is a tremendous opportunity for TargetSolutions to educate potential users and existing clients on how the online training management system works to reduce liability in the workplace.

TargetSolutions’ Business Development Specialist Claire Miller and National Sales Executive Jason Finley will be demonstrating how the industry’s leading risk-management platform helps government agencies across the country. TargetSolutions’ powerful online training and records management platform is designed to help organizations prevent losses with online safety training for employees.

“PARMA is a great opportunity to have all the risk managers from across the nation in one place. We are looking forward to getting the TargetSoultions product in the hands of risk management companies and showing them how they can increase operational efficiencies.”  

Jason Finley, TargetSolutions

Have You Heard How TargetSolutions Streamlines Training Management? 
Click here for more information on how pools across the nation are using TargetSolutions to reduce their members’ risk.

“TargetSolutions offers tremendous value for our members. It’s a key component of CSAC-EIA’s loss prevention and risk management services. Our members have embraced the platform because it helps them educate their employees, reduce workers’ compensation claims and improve overall productivity.”

Charles Williams, CSAC Excess Insurance Authority Loss

The Games of Heroes: Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games

This summer, Fairfax County in Virginia will be hosting the 2015 World Police & Fire Games (June 26 to July 5). The games were established in 1985 by the non-profit Californian Police Athletics Federation and today they are an international sporting event, offered to police officers, firefighters, and correction officers from around the world.
With more than 12,000 athletes from more than 70 countries expected to compete in more than 1,600 events at 61 venues, the World Police & Fire Games present an amazing opportunity for the community to honor and celebrate the heroes who serve us every day. It’s also a tremendous opportunity for one of TargetSolutions’ clients, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, to deliver outstanding support.
“For Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only host the event in our county, but to host these countries in a location with a close proximity to our nation’s capital in Washington D.C.”
Robert Konczal, Captain, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department  
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue recently signed on with TargetSolutions to ensure its personnel are in total training compliance. By managing training with the industry’s leading online training and tracking system for firefighters, Konczal is confident his department will also be up for the challenge at the World Police & Fire Games.
“As we get closer to the games, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue will utilize TargetSolutions’ online training to help prepare and sharpen certain skills to set expectations required to manage specific events at the games,” Konczal said. “Also, during the event, we plan to broadcast daily messages utilizing the platform.”
Want to Be a Part of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games? 
Fairfax County is looking for people to get involved, as a volunteer, competitor, or spectator at this special event. Check inside TargetSolutions’ Community Resources application, and search “Fairfax World Police & Fire Games 2015” to watch the event’s overview video to learn more.