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American Cancer Society to Benefit from TargetSolutions’ Course Completions

TargetSolutions will donate $1 per course completion up to $5,000 to the American Cancer Society. The donation will be made in January 2020. To complete this firefighter cancer awareness course, please reach out to your platform administrator and have this training assigned today!

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported firefighters face a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses, and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths, compared to the general population. Additionally, firefighters are at higher risk of contracting cancers such as mesothelioma. With these findings, promoting cancer awareness and prevention strategies is crucial for the fire service.

To help spread awareness, Vector Solutions, TargetSolutions’ parent company, will be donating $1 to the American Cancer Society for every completion of the fire course: NFPA 1851 – Cancer-Related Risks of Firefighting. The donation is $1 per course completion up to $5,000 for every course completed before Jan. 1, 2020.

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TargetSolutions’ Driver Assessment and Training Program: Creating Safer Roadways

It’s estimated that every year, roughly 1.3 million people die in car accidents worldwide. Of these fatal accidents, there are a number of causes such as distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding, impaired driving and dangerous weather conditions.

Preparing personnel for driving under such conditions can be challenging. It’s difficult to deliver training that recreates all the hazards personnel can encounter on the road. That’s why TargetSolutions’ all-new Driver Assessment and Training Program is an invaluable resource to any agency.

TargetSolutions’ Driver Assessment and Training Program is a premium training and assessment bundle that evaluates your drivers’ competencies and creates a personalized 12-course training program according to their results. Available in the TargetSolutions training platform at an additional cost, this exam and online course series helps organizations promote safer driving practices and improve safety compliance.

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Vector Solutions Hosts Fire Truck Pull Event to Benefit the Burn Institute


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.

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Enhanced Online Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors

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.

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Platform Release Announcement: Enhancements to Credentials and Events

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.

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Fire Engineering and Firehouse Webcast Recaps: Lessons in Operational Readiness

Fire Engineering and Firehouse Webcasts

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.

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New Enhancements to Accredited EMT and Paramedic Training Courses

Accredited EMT and Paramedic Training CoursesEMS 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.

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Healthy Stress Management for Public Safety Professionals

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.

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A Modern Solution for Your Department’s Daily Apparatus Inspections

daily apparatus inspectionsAccurate 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.

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Streamline Your Police Workforce Management with Law Enforcement Scheduling Software

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.

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