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TargetSolutions’ RT-130: Wildland Fire Safety Refresher Course Updated for 2014

Last week’s fires in Southern California showed us the 2014 wildland fire season is upon us. Experts say this could be the most devastating year ever. To help firefighters prepare, TargetSolutions is proud to present RT-130: Wildland Fire Safety Refresher.
The four-module course has been updated to include nine new videos and timely statistical information. With a focus on topics recommended for the US National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Annual Refresher, the course was built to provide firefighters with the fundamentals of wildland fire safety, as well as critical hazards and safety strategies for operating in the wild.
If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ industry-leading online fire training catalog, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

Make Sure Credentials Are Completed on Time with TargetSolutions’ Alert Notifications

If you’re responsible for notifying employees every time an important deadline approaches, you know how difficult that task can be. With TargetSolutions’ records and information management system, the process is simplified with alerts that notify administrators, supervisors and users about important deadlines before they expire.
This feature for tracking dates can be found inside TargetSolutions’ one-of-a-kind Manage Credentials application. Alert notifications can be set up to inform key stakeholders of expiring credentials. This reminds the user about the deadline for completing the assignment on time. Alerts also provide platform managers an update that one of their users is approaching a deadline.
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Administrators are able to choose what the alerts will say, when the alerts will be sent out, who will receive them, and how they will be sent to the user.
It is important to note that after all requirements have been completed within a credential, alerts will no longer be generated for that user. However, a recently added option allows a one-time notification to be delivered after a user has completed all requirements for a credential. “Requirements are completed” must be selected under “When to Alert” to receive this notice.
TargetSolutions’ records and information management system features unique alert functionality to keep users and platform managers on top of deadlines.
For questions about TargetSolutions’ alert notifications or training management system, contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

TargetSolutions’ Online Safety Training Course Helps Prevent Fires, Protect Employees

Watch this video to learn more about TargetSolutions’ Fire Prevention Safety course.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,400 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 17,500 are injured. That’s why TargetSolutions’ Fire Prevention Safety course is critical in educating employees about the dangers and reducing risk at your organization’s workplace.
This engaging online safety training course features 11 learning modules and a 10-question exam. If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online safety training courses, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

TargetSolutions Features Ready-Made Activities for Tracking Training and Compliance

Updated May 2016

There are numerous reasons why TargetSolutions is so valuable. Hundreds of online training courses, including 160 hours of EMS continuing education, a best-in-class LMS for delivering training, and a huge repository of shared content in Community Resources all help make TargetSolutions the leading provider of computer-based training.

But what truly distinguishes the online training system, is its unique, one-of-a-kind recordkeeping tools consisting of ready-made packages for tracking employee training and operational records. ISO Compliance, EMS Recertification and Daily Training Activities are some of the most popular pre-made Platform Solutions.

With that in mind, TargetSolutions is continually working to create new solutions that will make training management more efficient. TargetSolutions has built and uploaded dozens of activities for organizations to schedule, deliver and track with Activities Builder. These activities can be customized, or assigned completely as-is to personnel with the Import Example Activities link inside Activities Builder.

Here is an overview by industry of the newly released activities:


Accident – Incident Report Form: A ready-made incident reporting form for general liability.

Back Safety Risk Assessment: This assessment is designed to determine the risk of back injury within a department or organization.

Cell Phone Laws Updated: Activity to track changes in cell phone laws.

Confined Space Entry Training: Tracking form for a tailgate meeting on Confined Space Entry.

DPR Basic 1 Hour Course – HSA Integrated Pest Management: Organizations in California can meet the pesticide training requirement by delivering a pre-built custom activity, which features access to Sacramento State University’s training course.

Driver’s License Tracking: A ready-made form for tracking driver’s license information, as well as a scanned copy.

Driving Standards: Review our Organization’s Driving Policy.

Ergonomics Survey: This activity provides personnel with the opportunity to communicate their computer work and related comfort and productivity issues, which are components of ergonomics.

Fitness Survey: This activity provides personnel with an opportunity to review an organization’s fitness program.

General Office Risk Assessment: This assessment is designed to evaluate the risk in general office space.

Haz Com Risk Assessment: Assessment to determine the risk to employees associated with exposure to hazardous chemicals and compliance with DOL guidelines per OSHA 3111.

Inspection of Administrative Area: Inspection form to document inspections in large office suites, areas with multiple cubicles, copy rooms, coffee rooms, and other common work areas.

Makeup Training for Weekly Staff Safety Meeting: This activity can be assigned to an employee who has missed a weekly staff safety meeting.

New Hire Onboarding Solution: Example of a policy compilation for a newly-hired employee.

Tailgate Template: A template for tracking curriculum covered during tailgate meetings.

Playground Inspection: Inspection checklist for a typical playground that we are all familiar with in parks, schools and other public use playgrounds.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Inspection: Checklist for performing monthly fire extinguisher inspections.

Sexual Harassment Policy: An activity to assign and have personnel review an organization’s Sexual Harassment Policy, including a quick quiz.

Swine Flu Training: Review Swine Flu Training Presentation.

Tailgate Template: A template for tracking tailgate meetings and curriculum covered.

Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspection: Inspection report to be filled out prior to operating a passenger car, van, or pick-up truck.

Weekly Staff Safety Meeting: A pre-built form for tracking attendance and topics covered during weekly staff safety meetings.

Welcome Orientation for New Hires: Tracking form for a new hire orientation.

Wellness – The Benefits of Breakfast (Week 1): An activity for an employee to review covering the benefits of a healthy breakfast.

Wellness – All About Whole Grains! (Week 2): An activity for an employee to review covering the benefits of whole grains in their diet.

Wellness – The Benefits of Daily Stretching! (Week 3): An activity with tips on how to safely stretch while at the office.

Wellness – How to Stop Eating After Dinner (Week 4): An activity with tips for not over-eating after dinner.

Wellness Program Challenge (Weeks 1-4): A ready-made activity featuring self-evaluation questions related to wellness that make individual’s more aware of their overall healthiness.

Wellness Tracker (Weeks 1-4): Pre-made form for tracking physical activity.


ARFF Training: TargetSolutions features a pre-built package of activities, including 11 chapters of the FAA’s ARFF Training DVD and five modules covering First Responder Safety at a Small Aircraft or Helicopter Accident.

Apprentice Firefighter Daily Performance Evaluation: An example of a daily performance evaluation form for a recruit that can be filled out by the recruit’s supervisor and then signed (with e-signature) by the firefighter. This activity is used best with TargetSolutions’ Save & Assign application.

CPF Personal Exposure Reporting: Electronic version of the California PERs exposure reporting form.

Daily SCBA Inspection (Options 1-2): Option 1 is an example of a daily SCBA inspection form and features action-step check offs. Option 2 is an example of a daily SCBA inspection form and requires entries such as PSI and inventory numbers.

Forcible Entry-Inward Swinging Door: This activity is an example of how video and files from Community Resources can easily be delivered.

Hose Testing: Hose testing form that tracks hose size, ID and 250 PSI test results.

Hydrant Testing and Inspection: Hydrant test tracking with coefficient selection and entries for static, pitot and residual pressure.

Kennebeck Court Structure Fire: This is an example of how to deliver a post-incident analysis using Activities Builder.

Narcotics Log: Daily EMS check-off sheet for narcotics that features a Google document example.

NIMS, ICS, IS Training: TargetSolutions features pre-built training activities with content from the FEMA website.

Post-Incident Analysis (Structural): Company level post-incident analysis worksheet.

RT-130: Annual Fire Line Refresher Training: Refresher training to recognize hazards, mitigate risk, maintain safe practices, and reduce accidents and near misses.

S-130 Wildland Firefighter Training: This activity takes students to the NFA site for course completion.

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior: This activity is designed to prepare the prospective fire-line supervisor and undertake safe and effective fire management operations.

Turnout Gear Routine Inspection: Turnout gear inspection with checkoffs for coat, pants, footwear, gloves, helmet and hood inspection points.

Weekly Apparatus Tool Check: Activity to gauge apparatus tools and inventory on a weekly basis.

Weekly SCBA Inspection (Options 1-2): Option 1 provides an example of a weekly SCBA inspection form using entry fields and full inspection procedure. Option 2 shows weekly SCBA inspection forms with action steps for full inspection procedures.

Wildland PPE Inspection: This activity is used to record time spent re-orienting and inspecting Wildland PPE.


Daily Observation Report: Example of a trainee observation report using Standardized Evaluation Guidelines with a rating scale.

POST Perishable Skills Training (Four-Part Series: Arrest Control & Defensive Tactics, Communication, EVOC, Firearms): A series of four activities for tracking POST-required perishable skills training.

Roll Call Tracking: Use this activity to track attendance and topics covered during daily roll call training.

Smith and Wesson M&P Officer Evaluation: This is an assessment for officers who have evaluated the Smith and Wesson M&P pistol for departmental use. It can be used as a template for other firearm evaluations, as well.


Here are the various training video topics that can be delivered through the Activities Builder: Bulletin Board, Community Resources, Course Library, Create New Assignments, Custom Activity Details Report Using Mail Merge, Generate Reports Overview, Manage Assignments, Notifications Overview, Record Completions Tutorial, Save and Assign Overview, Shift Calendar Tutorial, TargetSolutions Administrative Overview Video, TargetSolutions User Overview Video, Test Builder Tutorial, TS Academy Sessions (1-7), TS Fire Academy (Parts 1-5).

All of these activites are available to be imported inside Activities Builder. For more information, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Proper Technique Displayed in Firefighter Training Video for High-Rise Operations

This month’s top resource, ‘High Rise Hose Training,’ has more than 676 views and a max five-star rating.
Proper execution during high-rise operations is critical training for firefighters. This month’s top video inside Community Resources addresses that very issue.
The video posted by Francois Jacquet of Ottawa International Airport Authority in Canada outlines what firefighters need to know during hallway stretch operations. The video states there are three critical takeaways: Making sure the hallway is tenable, having three drop points, and being able to stretch dry hose to the fire. In addition, the video shows proper technique for folding the hose to make sure it is compact for stairway ascension.
Featuring Lt. Mat Rush, the video is the first of a three-part series titled “High Rise Hose Training.” Combined together the three videos have been viewed nearly 1,300 times and are put to use by 11 different clients of TargetSolutions.
Part 2 focuses on safety precautions while preparing to head to the fire floor. “Very good technique, quite helpful,” wrote Reginald Zellous of Fresno Fire Department (Calif.) in the comments section. Part 3 goes even further into stairwell operations, showing proper procedures for managing hose on the stairwell.
“Good reminder of spacing out hose,” wrote Winfred Andrews of Atlanta Fire Department and Ryan D. Gentile of Orange County Fire Rescue (Fla.) wrote, “nice job!”
To view these videos inside Community Resources, please log in to your department’s TargetSolutions site and search “High Rise Hose Training” in Community Resources. If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Customize Training Curriculum for Your Employees’ Specific Needs with TargetSolutions’ Learning Tracks

 TargetSolutions’ online safety training system enables you to bundle web-based courses and activities together and create employee-specific “Learning Tracks.”

What Are Learning Tracks?
With TargetSolutions’ one-of-a-kind Manage Credentials application, platform managers can create Learning Tracks that are based upon department or job title. With hundreds of online safety training courses available in TargetSolutions’ course library, it’s not hard to find the right educational path for everyone.

TargetSolutions’ easy-to-use LMS enables easy delivery and tracking of customized Learning Tracks.

Here are some different types of Learning Tracks you can create, schedule and deliver to your employees:
Computer Technicians Fleet Workers Maintenance Workers
Custodians Food Servers & Cooks School Employees (Principals, Teachers, etc.)
Electrical Workers Lab Workers Warehouse Workers

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ Learning Tracks or Certified Credentials for risk managers, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

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.

Track Training at Acquired Structures for ISO with TargetSolutions

Fair to say most training officers would agree training at “acquired structures” is by far the best, most beneficial firefighter training possible. This is due to the realistic environment these valuable training sites provide during fire department training.
Trying to simulate search and rescue or RIT training at a training facility, while vital in their own regard, pales in comparison to actually being in a large office building or nursing home that has been made available to your department.
After completing this training you might wonder, where you should log this extremely valuable training now that ISO no longer requires multi-company or single-company drills? After all, training must be done at a training facility, and clearly “acquired structures” are not training facilities, right?
Well, the answer is quite simple if you are a TargetSolutions client who has been tracking fire department ISO hours: You don’t have to build a new Custom Activity, although you have that option, since all the activities are already built in the form of Company Training. If you are doing live fire in an acquired structure, use Chapter 15’s Fire Control. All your objectives for fire suppression are there and you can provide more detail in the “Additional Information” box. If the training was performing primary, or secondary searches, use Chapter 8’s Rescue and Extrication.
In fact, training at “Acquired Structures” can and will be captured to meet fire department ISO requirements as all of the Company Training activities are being tracked in the “company bucket” with TargetSolutions’ online fire training system. You merely need to determine which aspect of firefighting is the focus of the day’s training.
If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ ISO tracking tools, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.
Track Training at Acquired Structures
Fire departments can assign ready-made training assignments that cover ISO Driver Training, ISO Officer Training, ISO Hazmat Training, ISO Company Training and ISO Facilities Training with TargetSolutions’ online fire training system.


Being Creative with Activities Builder Is the Secret to Maximizing the Powerful Fire Department Tracking Tool

One of the greatest benefits of TargetSolutions’ online fire training system, is the ability to record outside training with Activities Builder. This powerful computer-based training tool enables departments to send out training presentations, videos, SOPs, inspection checks, and more – and gather information from the user. But with a little creativity, Activities Builder can do even more.

One example is to create a custom activity that allows users to request time off. By making this activity “self-assignable,” users can assign it to themselves and then with Reportable Components, gather important information (date requested, number of hours, reason for leave, etc.).
By mandating the activity receive validation, platform managers can approve or deny the request. Once it has been approved, the user can see the activity marked as “complete” under their My History section. If it is denied, the activity will appear on their Schedule and can include an optional note with information on why it was rejected.
At the end of the pay period, platform managers can run an Activity Summary Report to generate a complete list of all approved leave requests during a given time range. What was once a mess of paperwork and e-mail chains is simplified with TargetSolutions’ fire department training software.
The Activities Builder application was created to give organizations the ability to track everything that goes on under the fire station’s roof. If you have any questions about this application, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

GSBA Risk Management Services Delivers Online Safety Training with TargetSolutions

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With TargetSolutions, Georgia School Boards Association is able to deliver engaging online safety training courses proven to reduce liability.

How can you measure the savings of an accident that never happens? That’s the response Trudy Sowar, the Director of Risk Management Services for the Georgia School Boards Association, has when asked to quantify the benefit of her pool’s online training program.

What Sowar knows is TargetSolutions, a pioneer in computer-based training for public entities, has helped GSBA Risk Management Services provide members with online safety training courses that are built to reduce liability.

Georgia School Boards AssociationGSBA was originally organized in 1951 and serves all 180 school districts in Georgia. The Risk Management division began in 1992 with the Workers’ Compensation Fund followed by the Risk Management Fund in 1994. Currently, there are 94 school district members of one or both Funds who look to GSBA-RMS for leadership, advocacy and services. One of those services is TargetSolutions, which joined forces with GSBA-RMS in January of 2011.

By giving its members a powerful learning management system for delivering training, GSBA-RMS has been able to differentiate itself and create member loyalty, said GSBA-RMS’s Risk Control Coordinator David Colvard.

“The platform is a strong tool for us to offer to members as a service that we can provide,” said Colvard. “TargetSolutions is a very useful, helpful, and cost-effective program for our districts at no additional charge to them.”

Prior to contracting with TargetSolutions, safety training required travel all across the state of Georgia. GSBA-RMS was looking for a service that would be more convenient and cost-effective for them and their members. To change unsafe behaviors that lead to claims, GSBA-RMS had to find a more convenient and sustainable method.

“The biggest challenge we faced was finding a way to get training to all of our members,” Sowar said. “GSBA-RMS has members all across the state, so there was no way to cost-effectively deliver training to specific employee groups. However, with TargetSolutions, multiple districts are now able to receive necessary safety training in a timely manner.”

Since implementing TargetSolutions, the delivery of web-based training has reduced the pool’s travel costs and increased its members’ efficiency. The platform allows seamless distribution of vital training to all GSBA-RMS members without additional costs. Whether it’s the distribution of documents, or compliance training, members are able to upload specific policies and courses to be assigned to employees.

“TargetSolutions has made an impact for districts that are now using it. TargetSolutions has proven to be a very cost-effective means of providing training to the members, and the other piece of it is the documentation where they can accomplish a lot of recordkeeping. … Some of our districts have started loading their own documents for training purposes.”

David Colvard, Risk Control Coordinator

Colvard is also thrilled with the support his members have received from TargetSolutions, helping ensure maximum utilization of the platform by members. “TargetSolutions’ entire team of Client Service representatives have been tremendous in offering assistance and have become a huge asset,” said Colvard.

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.

Firefighter Training Video Shows ‘Safe’ and ‘Quick Execution’ of Forcible Entry for an Inward Swinging Door

Community Resources gives departments the ability to easily share presentations, videos, policies, and more with other clients of the TargetSolutions community.
In just 44 seconds, firefighters can be seen demonstrating proper technique for using the “irons” to force an inward swinging door in TargetSolutions’ Video of the Month for April, “Forcible Entry-Inward Swinging Door.” The firefighter training video has received four stars and has been viewed more than 2,000 times through TargetSolutions’ unique file-sharing application, Community Resources.
“I like the way they controlled the door using the webbing and standing on it – nice work,” Robert Pitts of Maury County Fire Rescue (Tenn.) wrote in the comments section.
Edwin Santana of Orange County Fire Rescue (Fla.) commented that the video shows “safe” technique and Kemberly Wilkerson of Dekalb County Fire Rescue (Ga.) wrote, “Quick execution.”
The firefighters featured in the fire department training video follow three principles: 1. Gap the door; 2. Set the tool; 3. Force. The video was uploaded by North County Fire Protection District’s Gary Lane, who was honored in 2013 with TargetSolutions’ Technical Achievement Award and has uploaded 24 posts into Community Resources.
To view this video, which is currently being utilized by 37 different organizations as a firefighter training resource, please login to your department’s TargetSolutions site and search “Forcible Entry-Inward Swinging Doors” in Community Resources. If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.