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TargetSolutions and IAFC VCOS Now Accepting Nominations for Training Officer Recognition Award

2019 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, the leading provider of computer-based training and operational management applications for public safety agencies, announced today it would team up once again with the IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers Section for the annual VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award.

This is the sixth consecutive year the VCOS and TargetSolutions have joined forces to acknowledge an exceptional training officer with this prestigious award. By recognizing a training officer for their innovation in training and effectiveness in their department, TargetSolutions and the VCOS are also furthering their own primary missions of improving the safety and effectiveness of fire service members when called into action.

“It is an honor for the VCOS and TargetSolutions to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of Emergency Services Organization Training Officers again this year by awarding the Training Officer Award,” said VCOS Board Member Norvin Collins. “This award allows peers to select a Training Officer that embodies the spirit of all great trainers through their work locally, regionally, and/or nationally.

“The work trainers do, ensures each of our members returns home safe after an incident and are able to perform to the best of their abilities. TargetSolutions has been a great partner in this effort to both train our members as well as recognize the work of the Training Officer these past years.”

Nominees should be chiefs, training officers, or others well-acquainted with training and they must be an IAFC member or come from a department where the department or the chief is an active IAFC member.

Applications for the award are being accepted now through June 30. To make a nomination, please check online at https://info.targetsolutions.com/acton/media/29198/vcos-recognition-award-2019.

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Amarillo Fire Department Utilizes Innovative Inspection Software by TargetSolutions

For the Amarillo Fire Department (TX), inadequate documentation of routine apparatus, equipment and gear inspections have had costly consequences.

Amarillo Fire Department

When the Texas Commission of Fire Protection (TCFP) informed the department that their potential fines for incomplete inspections totaled to $250,000, the AFD decided it was time to invest in a more effective and cost-efficient solution.

Although starting out with another electronic inspection system, Halligan, which was acquired by TargetSolutions’ parent company Vector Solutions in February of 2019, was recommended to the department and was implemented in December 2018. In the few short months, the AFD has already made strides in ensuring all their daily inspections are performed and tracked.

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A Step-by-Step Overview of the TargetSolutions Check It™ System

Thousands of agencies across the country manage training and compliance with TargetSolutions’ unrivaled learning management system (LMS). This innovation is now expanded to streamline departments’ inspections for better operations management.

The TargetSolutions Check It™ operations management software takes the guesswork out of daily inspections for apparatus, equipment, inventory and medical supplies. This dynamic, all-in-one application allows your department to simplify routine checks, track all data and create service tickets in one, centralized location.

Available as a standalone mobile application or accessible via the TargetSolutions online platform, TargetSolutions Check It™ helps departments ensure inspections are performed, everything is accounted for and needs for maintenance are addressed.

With a user-friendly interface and flexible tools, TargetSolutions Check It™ allows departments to monitor inventory levels and track the status of essential vehicles or equipment with just a few clicks. Digital checklists and e-signature verifications improve accuracy in routine checks and ensure every item is up-to-date and functioning properly.

On March 26th, TargetSolutions hosted a live webinar to demonstrate the customizable features in the TargetSolutions Check It™ system and highlight use cases. During this interactive webinar, individuals were provided with a step-by-step overview of the powerful application and learned best practices.

TargetSolutions Check It™ is the most innovative solution ever created for checks of fleet, equipment, inventory and controlled substances.

  • Have confidence your gear is ready for action
  • Generate reports with a push of a button
  • Know where you stand with real-time analytics
  • Get notifications so nothing slips

To watch a recording of this live demo, please complete this form or call us at (800) 840-8046.


Enhanced NFPA 1001 Online Courses in TargetSolutions’ Firefighter Training Catalog

Enhanced NFPA 1001 Training Courses

TargetSolution’s online firefighter course catalog features more than 250 hours of comprehensive training for the fire service. Part of this training library is TargetSolutions’ NFPA 1001 series with courses highlighting crucial topics for Firefighter I & II awareness and refresher level courses according to NFPA codes and standards.

Two courses in this series, NFPA 1001 Rescue and Extrication and NFPA 1001 Loss Control, have been updated to include more engaging lessons and interactions. Each of these 1-hour courses are now video-based to immerse the learner in key points. These two courses also utilize an on-screen instructor and feature live demonstrations to further enhance learning.

More details about newly enhanced training courses in the NFPA 1001 series are outlined below:

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City of Dickson Fire Department Streamlines Inspections and Asset Management

City of Dickson Fire Department

The City of Dickson Fire Department (TN) has used TargetSolutions for training and records management since hearing about the system from a neighbor department in 2017. Last year, when Assistant Chief Kane Sesler discovered the TargetSolutions Check It™ application, he immediately contacted his TargetSolutions account manager to implement the new inspections and asset management software.

The TargetSolutions Check It™ application is available via a mobile app or through the TargetSolutions platform on any web-enabled device. With this system, agencies can perform and manage daily inspections of apparatus, equipment, drugs and other inventory in just a few clicks. Praising its comprehensive features, Assistant Chief Sesler credits the application for streamlining many aspects of his department’s daily operations.

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Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District Streamlines Workforce Management

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (CA) utilizes CrewSense, which joined forces with TargetSolutions earlier this year, to streamline its crew scheduling, callbacks, and other essential workforce management tasks.

Since implementing  CrewSense in January 2018, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (CA) has utilized its flexible features and convenient notification tools to make workforce management a painless process. Aspects of CrewSense such as the scheduling dashboard, the strike team module and communication capabilities, have proven to be instrumental to the Fire District.

A longtime client of TargetSolutions’ powerful online training and records management system, the Rancho Santa Fe FD were excited to hear TargetSolutions recently acquired CrewSense to become a more comprehensive, all-in-one solution for the fire service. Craig McVey, Engineer and Staffing Administrator, highlighted the crucial features in the CrewSense system that have been the most instrumental for his agency. 

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ISO Best Practices Training Series with TargetSolutions’ Product Specialist Tim Riley

ISO Documentation and Tracking

Tracking and reporting training can be as difficult as executing the actual training activities for some departments. TargetSolutions, in addition to providing dynamic training content and operations management applications, makes it simple for public safety agencies to maintain accurate training records for ISO and other agency standards.

To help training officers understand how to best utilize the system, TargetSolutions platform expert and ISO credential creator, Tim Riley, explains everything you need to know in a 2-part video series.

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Cinnaminson Fire Department Tracks All Daily Training with TargetSolutions

Cinnaminson Fire DepartmentSince implementing TargetSolutions in 2017, the Cinnaminson Fire Department (NJ) has utilized its flexible features to improve many aspects of their training management. From delivering refresher content to optimizing hands-on training to tracking all training hours, TargetSolutions has helped the Cinnaminson FD streamline it all.

Philip Drangula, Lieutenant in Training & Special Operations for the Cinnaminson Fire Department, described the impact TargetSolutions has had on his department and highlighted key aspects of the system.

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TargetSolutions Updates NFPA Courses in Firefighter Training Catalog

NFPA Course UpdatesTargetSolutions frequently updates key courses in its online course library to ensure course information is up-to-date, lessons are engaging and case studies are relevant. Popular NFPA courses in the fire course catalog have been updated with dynamic video-driven lessons and an onscreen instructor to instruct on the latest NFPA standards.

The updated courses provide 9 hours of topics ranging from bloodborne pathogens safety to confined space entry to compressed gas safety. These courses will enhance your knowledge on occupational safety and broaden your skills on preventing hazardous incidents.

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Top 5 Online Training Courses You Should Assign Today

Top 5 Online Training Courses You Should Assign in 2019

As 2019 gets off to a fast start, it’s time to start assigning training across your agency to ensure safety and optimize efficiency going into the new year. It’s important to deliver training courses through an online platform that makes learning accessible and interesting.

TargetSolutions’ online training platform has a course library that’s been developed with the needs of today’s fire, EMS, law enforcement and municipal employees in mind. Here are the top five online courses you should assign today.

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