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

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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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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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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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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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