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Keep Your Employees Safe, and Working, with IndustrySafe

The Alexandria (Va.) Fire Department was founded in 1774. One of its early members was the nation’s first president, George Washington. Today, the Alexandria Fire Department employs more than 250 firefighters, paramedics, fire prevention staff, and administrative support. A network of 10 stations protects 15-square miles and serves nearly 140,000 residents.

Using IndustrySafe, aka Vector EHS Management, Alexandria FD can turn safety management data into insightful information to reduce workplace industries, identify trends and reduce worker’s compensation issues. 

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FEMA Grant Now Available; Learning Management System Classified as ‘High Priority’

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

The FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is open from Feb. 3 to March 13, 2020. This grant, offered by FEMA, provides funds to fire departments in need of training, equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, and other resources to serve the public.

Multiple changes have been made to the FY 2019 grant program to include micro grants, additional equipment, and more operations, safety, and regional considerations. With this, TargetSolutions qualifies as a “high priority” for this grant as it provides fire departments with a learning management system (LMS) to track training and certifications.

Learn more about the AFG process and specifications.

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Best Practices for Fire Department’s Managing Training with TargetSolutions

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, TargetSolutions hosted a best practices webinar for fire departments featuring tips and tricks for operating the LMS platform. In this webinar, Tim Riley, TargetSolutions platform expert, covered how departments are currently maximizing the system and highlighted TargetSolutions’ features for improving operational efficiency and reducing liability.

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Top 20 Courses to Reduce Liability in 2020


Going into 2020, agencies are looking for solutions to help mitigate risk and reduce costly claims. This is more important now than ever as the last couple of years have been expensive for companies across the United States.

Liability concerns, such as workplace injuries, cost U.S. companies over $1 billion weekly in 2019 and if trends found by Business Insurance continue, the average total costs of risk for businesses (TCOR) is on the rise – seeing a 2.1% increase in 2018.

To help your agency limit your exposure to risk and protect employees, TargetSolutions is highlighting its top 20 courses for reducing liability in 2020.

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Disaster Preparedness – Is Your Department Disaster Ready?

The Ultimate Technology for Operational Readiness

In the public safety industry, there’s no such thing as over-prepared. While it may not be possible to anticipate when disaster will strike, your department can ensure its personnel are ready when it does. With TargetSolutions’ suite of software for fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies, disaster preparedness is straightforward and effective.

TargetSolutions delivers applications organizations need to handle the unexpected. TargetSolutions’ centralized platform offers cutting-edge technology to track and deliver crucial training; coordinate schedules and perform emergency callbacks; and inspect vehicles, equipment and medical supplies.

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Mobile Fire-Rescue Manages Inspections and Compliance with TargetSolutions Check It™

Mobile Fire Rescue TargetSolutions Check It™

Serving a 400-square mile region in Mobile, Alabama, Mobile Fire-Rescue is an all-hazards fire department with 20 engine companies and nearly 500 employees. The department has used the TargetSolutions Learning Management System (LMS) since 2017 and decided to try TargetSolutions Check It™ in 2018 to streamline daily inspections.

Since then, Captain Barry Glisson explained his agency has improved many processes related to department inspections. With the integrated mobile and web-based application, Mobile FR can ensure compliance, simplify communication and address problems sooner.

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Tips and Tricks for Managing ISO Training Records with TargetSolutions

Managing ISO Training Records with TargetSolutions

On October 22, TargetSolutions hosted a live webinar highlighting best practices for documenting ISO training records for fire chiefs and training officers.

During this webinar, Tim Riley, a TargetSolutions platform expert and fire service veteran, reviewed ISO requirements for fire departments, applicable points for an ISO rating and how to track valuable training hours with TargetSolutions’ ISO training tracker.

A recording of this webinar is available here.

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The Role of Clean PPE in Firefighter Cancer Prevention

Firefighter Bunker Gear Cancer Prevention

According to studies discussed in the Firefighter Cancer Support white paper, “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service,” firefighters experience higher rates of various cancers compared to the general population. The highest being a 2.02 times greater risk for developing testicular cancer.

Additionally, as we’ve learned, a firefighter’s exposure to carcinogens and other hazardous materials doesn’t end after emergency response. Research shows a strong link between dirty bunker gear and cancer.

To help fire service members be proactive in their health, the TargetSolutions Check It™ application includes a solution for tracking and reporting all personal protective equipment (PPE) inspections, repairs and more.

TargetSolutions’ online training course, NFPA 1851 – Cancer-Related Risks of Firefighting, is currently available with complimentary access. With every completion this year of this free firefighter cancer prevention training, TargetSolutions will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society in January of 2020.

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Controlled Substances Tracking Solution to be Showcased During EMS World Expo

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading EMS and Fire Department training, asset management, and workforce scheduling software, is excited to present its latest innovation for tracking controlled substances during EMS World Expo 2019 in New Orleans.

Built according to DEA guidelines for managing Schedule II controlled substances, the Controlled Substances module in the TargetSolutions Check It™ application expands on the security and functionality of the solution’s asset-tracking abilities.

Designed for cradle-to-grave management of all Schedule II controlled substances, this application ensures EMS agencies can track all activities surrounding narcotics. Everything is securely documented from the moment a controlled substance is transferred from a master supply location to being counted after a drug box hand-off to being administered on a patient in the field.

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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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