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Top 20 Courses to Reduce Liability

Local government 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.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, reports that one worker died every 99 minutes from a work-related injury in 2019. 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, Vector Solutions (TargetSolutions) is highlighting its top 20 courses for reducing liability.

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West Metro Fire Protection District Standardizes Training and Increases Efficiency

West Metro Fire Protection District

Agency Stats:

  • Area of coverage: 108 square miles
  • Population in coverage area: 325,000 residents
  • Fire Stations: 17
  • Staff: 385 uniform; 445 total
  • Implemented Vector Solutions LMS in 2015; Evaluations+ in 2021

West Metro Fire Protection District (CO) rolled out their Vector Solutions Learning Management System (LMS) in 2015. While they had a Records Management System (RMS) in place for incident reporting, most of the staff training, credentialing, policy management and reporting (including all their ISO documentation) was a paper-laden, manual process. Implementing the LMS has resulted “huge cost savings” and an improved training operation.

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

Mobile Fire Rescue TargetSolutions Check It™

Agency Stats:

  • Class 1 ISO rating
  • Area of coverage: 400 square miles
  • Population in coverage area: 190,000 residents
  • Trucks: 19 engine companies, 11 advanced life support ambulances, plus technical rescue companies and hazardous materials response units
  • Staff: 487 civilian and sworn
  • Implemented Vector Solutions’ LMS in 2017; Vector Solutions’ Check It in 2018

Mobile Fire-Rescue Department (MFRD) is a class-1 ISO rated department in Alabama — a distinction held by only 1% of the nation’s fire districts. As a testament to their dedication to operational excellence, Captain Barry Glisson explained his agency has used Vector Solutions’ software to improve operations and staff training, as well as reduce risks.

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NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1584 Online Course Updates

NFPA 1021 Training

Vector Solutions’ online firefighter training catalog is frequently updated to keep up with the most recent NFPA standards and industry best practices. Available through the TargetSolutions training platform, the most recently updated titles include:

  • NFPA 1021 Company-Level Training
  • NFPA 1021 Pre-Incident Planning
  • NFPA 1584 Firefighter Rehabilitation (MOD #1)
  • NFPA 1584 Firefighter Rehabilitation (MOD #2)

Each course features an onscreen instructor to guide learners through each lesson. Additionally, the courses include case studies, custom videos and comprehension checkpoints to ensure firefighters understand crucial fundamentals.

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Montana CARES Act Enables Reimbursement for Distanced Learning

Montana CARES Act
Montana CARES Act enables reimbursement for purchases related to COVID-19 such as distanced learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused logistical and financial strain on local government agencies. To ensure fire departments and other public safety organizations can still effectively and safely serve their communities, agencies had to adapt processes according to CDC and government best practices.

To help organizations continue these efforts, the Montana Department of Administration announced the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). This $200 million fund permits reimbursement for Montana agencies to improve processes stemmed from COVID-19.

With this state assistance, departments can purchase solutions such as the TargetSolutions training management system, to encourage socially distanced learning and track compliance standards. This funding covers costs incurred now through December 30, 2020.

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Fire Course Updates: NFPA 1001 Fire Behavior and NFPA 1021 Incident Scene Communications

NFPA 1021 Incident Scene Communications

The fundamentals of firefighting require a deep understanding of fire behavior and effective communication. To ensure fire departments can deliver the most up-to-date firefighter training, Vector Solutions updated two essential courses in its firefighter continuing education catalog.

Available through the TargetSolutions training management platform, these courses can be assigned and tracked online. Newly updated courses include: NFPA 1001 Fire Behavior and 1021 Incident Scene Communications.

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Newly Updated NFPA 1 & 101 Training Series Meets Florida Firefighter Requirements

As part of the recertification process, Florida Fire Safety Inspectors are required to take eight additional hours of continuing education. This training must be based on the Florida-specific versions of the NFPA 1 Fire Code and the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.

To meet these requirements, Vector Solutions developed a course series specific to these codes: NFPA 1 & 101: Modules 1-4. Available through the TargetSolutions system, the series was updated to ensure Florida firefighters are compliant with the most current version of recertification standards.

Learn more about TargetSolutions’ newly updated courses designed for Florida Fire Safety Inspectors recertification.

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How to Manage Firefighter Training During a Pandemic

By Fire Chief Arjuna George, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (British Columbia, Canada)

The fire service and all of humanity have got a taste to what our new world may be like and how we will manage this life-changing pandemic (COVID-19).  As the world shifts and adjusts to this new normal, the fire service is faced with numerous unforeseen challenges.  Virtually overnight, one of the most difficult and complex problems the fire service faced was how to maintain their organization’s training competencies during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Firefighters are innovators and great problem solvers. We do not roll over when faced with adversity; we solve diverse issues with our can-do attitudes.  This pandemic has brought upon the world much anxiety and pain, but it has also created golden opportunities for growth and has forced us to be creative and resourceful in all we do.  Response protocols to fire and medical alarms changed overnight but we remained operational and ready to serve our communities 24/7. However, for many departments, in-person training abruptly ended for months on end.

Online training and video conferencing turned into the only option for most North American Fire Services and it worked. It worked so well that many organizations are still using these technological tools today after the restrictions have been eased.

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Cortez Fire Protection District Manages Employee Schedules with TargetSolutions Scheduling

Cortez Fire Protection DistrictAt the start of 2020, Cortez Fire Protection District (Colo.) implemented TargetSolutions Scheduling™ to modernize their employee scheduling tasks. This workforce management application has helped the agency streamline how they plan biweekly schedules, contact employees for open shifts and track hours worked.

With the TargetSolutions Scheduling™ mobile application, they’ve been able to not only save time, but also increase fairness and keep more accurate records.

Learn how Cortez Fire Protection District utilizes this flexible system:

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San Antonio Fire Department Leverages Online Platform to Streamline Training Management

San Antonio Fire DepartmentWhen the San Antonio Fire Department (TX) made the decision to move its old learning management system to something better, more modern, their selection of TargetSolutions’ Learning Management System (LMS) was the first step into a period of information, communication, and training enlightenment.

“It was a game changer for us,” said Captain Dean Watson, Training Coordinator for the San Antonio Fire Department.  “Our old LMS was centralized in the Fire Training Division and we had to rely on the Training Coordinator to pull reports.”

Captain Watson said that before going to TargetSolutions the previous department LMS had a limited capacity and recorded just continuing education units. There wasn’t the ability to capture training and share information in realtime to multiple groups.

“We were using the company logbook, or a spreadsheet,” said Captain Watson. “TargetSolutions allows us to build and deliver training content, document individual, company, and battalion-level training, and make it all available to be seen by everyone without having a big paper trail.”

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