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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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Vector Solutions Offers Complimentary Firefighter Cancer Awareness Training to Benefit American Cancer Society

Vector Solutions Will Make $1 Donation for Every Online Course Completion of Its NFPA 1851 – Cancer-Related Risks of Firefighting Training Course

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand delivering the leading operations and training management software for public safety agencies, is offering complimentary access to its online course, NFPA 1851 – Cancer-Related Risks of Firefighting, and will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society for every course completion through 2019.

The dynamic firefighter training course, written to the NFPA standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, will be made available at no cost to members of the fire service as well as to the general public for the rest of 2019. The donation, which is capped at $5,000, will be made in January of 2020. 

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How to Ensure 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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Recorded Webinar: Best Practices for Managing Controlled Substances

Best Practices for Managing Controlled Substances

TargetSolutions Check It™ is the only asset and operations management solution for mission-critical industries that is integrated with TargetSolutions’ online training management system. Accessible via the mobile application or from any web-enabled device, this system allows agencies to streamline maintenance and inspections for apparatus, equipment, medical supplies, and now, controlled substances.

This recorded webinar, Best Practices for Managing Controlled Substances, highlights new functionalities for cradle-to-grave tracking of controlled substances. Discover how your ALS department can securely track and manage everything related to controlled substances. Watch a recording of this webinar to learn more.

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Vector Solutions and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department to Host Annual Fire Truck Pull Benefiting the Burn Institute

Vector Solutions Fire Truck Pull 2019SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions’ parent company, Vector Solutions, is collaborating with San Diego Fire-Rescue Department to host the Annual Fire Truck Pull, which will benefit the Burn Institute, an agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Vector Solutions organized the inaugural Fire Truck Pull in Tampa last year and led 14 initiatives to raise more than $10,000 for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation; in honor of fallen firefighters such as Draper Battalion Chief Matt Burchett, who passed in 2018 while fighting a wildfire Utah.

This year, the Fire Truck Pull will take place in San Diego on Sept. 27. Donations from participating teams, and other fundraising efforts by Vector Solutions, will go to the Burn Institute.

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Lee Whitner of South Adams County Fire Department Selected as 2019 Training Officer Recognition Award Winner

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading operations and training management software for the fire service, and the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) are proud to announce Lee Whitner of South Adams County (Colo.) Fire Department, as the recipient of the 2019 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award.

2017 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award

As the award winner, Whitner will be recognized during the annual VCOS meeting Aug. 8 during the 2019 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Atlanta.

“I’m very excited to receive this award,” Chief Whitner said. “It really highlights the organization’s commitment to training. This wouldn’t happen without the Chief (Bob Monzinga) and line personnel bringing their A-game. This training award really highlights the whole team.”

The award honors exemplary conduct and dedication by a training officer. Chief Whitner displayed those qualities at her combination department by developing and implementing several innovative processes and programs, including the “Volunteer Extreme” training curriculum. 

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New Controlled Substances Tracking Solution to Be Launched During Fire-Rescue International

TargetSolutions to Unveil Its Latest Innovation for Agencies Looking to Comply with Schedule II Controlled Substances Guidelines

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 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Atlanta.

In compliance with DEA guidelines, TargetSolutions is releasing an all-new upgrade inside the TargetSolutions Check It™ application for managing Schedule II Controlled Substances. The mobile-friendly feature allows agencies to document all movements of controlled substances securely. From the moment a controlled substance is acquired, to when it is administered or wasted, it can now be tracked.

“With the current climate in the United States surrounding opioids, EMS and Fire Service organizations must ensure the controlled substances we are entrusted with are managed with the utmost care and accuracy,” said Joseph Santiago, who holds credentials ranging from an MBA in Healthcare to Ambulance and Healthcare Compliance and serves as a subject matter expert for TargetSolutions. 

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Streamline Your Agency’s Management of Schedule II Controlled Substances

Since the passing of the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (PPAEMA) in 2017, the DEA has outlined specific regulations for EMS agencies possessing substances with potential for abuse. Under DEA guidelines, EMS agencies require a reliable, secure method for tracking schedule II controlled substances.

Using the Controlled Substances module, an all-new add-on feature in the TargetSolutions Check It™ application, your agency can simplify the oversight of all schedule II controlled substances and ensure compliance to mandates by the DEA. Only accessible through TargetSolutions’ leading asset management system for apparatus, inventory and equipment inspections, Controlled Substances eliminates the need for paper documentation and offers powerful security tools.

Discover how your agency can utilize this new feature in TargetSolutions Check It™ for cradle-to-grave management of schedule II controlled substances.

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Top Benefits of a Firefighter Scheduling App

Benefits of firefighter scheduling app, firefighter scheduling appFire rescue agencies need a trustworthy solution for tracking hiring, overtime and scheduling. With the unpredictability of this industry, fire agencies need the ability to quickly execute callbacks, manage overtime and more. Leading firefighter technologies, such as TargetSolutions Scheduling™ by CrewSense, provide more reliable, cloud-based solutions for these daily scheduling challenges faced by fire and rescue agencies.

The following are some of the leading benefits a firefighter scheduling app offers.

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