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The Ultimate Tool for Fire Department Training in Canada

Fire Department Training in Canada
With over 250 hours of fire and EMS continuing education training and dynamic applications for tracking and recording all training types, TargetSolutions is the all-in-one system for fire department training in Canada.

TargetSolutions is the No. 1 choice for online fire department training and records management. With more than 160 hours of EMS continuing education training, over 60 hours of NFPA firefighter training and dynamic applications to track and report all forms of training activities, TargetSolutions is the all-in-one system for fire training in Canada.

With this easy-to-use training and operations management software, you can streamline all aspects of training management and deliver, track and report training activities, policies and more from one, centralized platform.

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Pasco County Fire Rescue Streamlines Training Management, Drives Innovation with TargetSolutions

Pasco County Fire RescuePasco County Fire Rescue (Fla.) is at the forefront of cutting-edge solutions for managing training and compliance. With the help of TargetSolutions, Fire Chief Scott Cassin is able to ensure all of the county’s stations are providing the training tools needed to ensure personnel have the knowledge and resources to serve the densely populated regions and challenging geography.

Since implementing TargetSolutions in 2016, Pasco County has not only been able to streamline training management, but also facilitate better communication of company policies and contribute to innovations in the fire industry.

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Smoke Reading in Virtual Reality: Q-and-A with Subject Matter Expert Paul Costello


Upon the release of the all-new training activity, Smoke Reading in Virtual Reality, TargetSolutions subject matter expert, Paul Costello, discusses the creation and value of this fire department VR training.

TargetSolutions works to provide fire agencies innovative solutions for streamlining training and operations management. Through the collaboration with Pasco County Fire Rescue and TargetSolutions’ parent company, Vector Solutions, developed an all-new virtual reality training activity for firefighters: Smoke Reading in Virtual Reality.

Shot in downtown Dade City, Florida, this activity utilizes a 360-degree camera to capture all aspects of smoke reading and response to a two-story building fire. TargetSolutions subject matter expert, Paul Costello, discusses the value of this brand-new activity and provides insight into its creation and new training innovations on the horizon.

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NFPA 1500: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Fire Industry


NFPA 1500: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Fire Industry helps first responders recognize mental health issues within themselves and their department.

When an emergency call rings, fire and EMS professionals are trained to rush to the scene, stabilize the situation, provide care to patients and save lives. However, personnel cannot always anticipate how incidents affect their mental health long after the emergency is over.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often a silent struggle – impacting 17 to 22 percent of first responders, compared to a lifetime prevalence of 1 to 8 percent of the general population. To encourage conversations about PTSD and improve individual’s understanding of mental health issues, TargetSolutions has released a dynamic new course: NFPA 1500: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Fire Industry.

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TargetSolutions Releases All-New Firefighter Virtual Reality Training Activity


TargetSolutions’ new firefighter virtual reality training teaches how to read smoke coming from a burning building with a 360-degree view of the scene.

TargetSolutions, which strives to deliver new, cutting-edge solutions that advance firefighter training, recently completed a virtual reality (VR) training video that teaches firefighters how to read smoke coming out of a burning building with a 360-degree view of the scene.

This innovative video is now accessible as a pre-built training activity in the TargetSolutions platform. Utilizing the latest technology, personnel completing the activity will have an immersive learning experience in which they can employ crucial strategies and practice skills.

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NFPA 3000: Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events


TargetSolutions’ all-new course, NFPA 3000: Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, uses current standards and evidence-based findings to help prepare public safety personnel for their roles in responding to Criminal Mass Casualty Incidents.

For fire, EMS, law enforcement and other public safety personnel across the United States, it’s an unfortunate reality that Criminal Mass Casualty Incidents (CMCI) are growing in severity and frequency – with 2017 being a record-setting year for active shooter incidents. Properly setting expectations for personnel to prepare, respond to and recover from these events is essential to protect communities across the country.

TargetSolutions’ all-new course, NFPA 3000: Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, is based on the provisional National Fire Protection Association’s standard and provides real data and new lessons from prior incidents.

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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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Preventing Cancer in the Fire Service: What We Can Do to Reduce the Risk

Cancer Risks for FirefightersBy Marc Scheipe, Executive Vice President at TargetSolutions

Firefighting is dangerous. Everyone appreciates the perils of this valiant profession and the bravery our everyday heroes exhibit each time they run into a burning building.

What everyone hadn’t understood until more recently, however, was the fact firefighters face an additional threat beyond flames, smoke, and heat. That threat is cancer, which is now considered the No. 1 killer of firefighters, according to the International Association of FireFighters.

This alarming news is supported by the fact that over the past decade, more than 60 percent of the names added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial have died from occupational cancer. Leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma are some of the most common killers among firefighters.

At TargetSolutions, our customers often seek guidance on how to lower their risk profiles. Without question, training is critical. But this goes deeper than training. This goes to the culture of every fire department. To reduce cancer rates, the fire service needs to change longstanding traditions and mindsets around proper utilization and maintenance of turnout gear, as well as post-incident hygiene and exercise, among other things.

Many departments have recognized the need to this type of change and are now spreading the word and enforcing policies that mandate awareness and compliance with this shift in culture.

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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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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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