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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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Josh Blum of Loveland-Symmes Fire Department Selected as 2018 Training Officer Recognition Award Winner

2017 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award

Blum’s Hard Work Recognized with Prestigious Award that Honors Exemplary Conduct Befitting of a Training Officer

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 Deputy Chief Josh Blum, of Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department (LSFD), as the recipient of the 2018 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award.

Blum will be recognized with this award at the annual VCOS meeting on Aug. 9 during the 2018 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Dallas.

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NFPA 1410 Checklist: Essential Steps for Developing & Measuring Fire Drills

Company drills play a major role in the training of modern firefighters. One reason for this is the fact that only four percent of total calls for firefighters are for working fires. Firefighters, therefore, rely mostly on training to develop their skills.

To help address this need for comprehensive education, TargetSolutions offers a 14-course bundle in video format that presents firefighting techniques in an innovative and easy-to-follow manner. These drills are based on NFPA 1410 Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations. Their purpose is to give departments a training tool, often used for pre-training coursework prior to the drill-yard, to help prepare personnel for initial attack operations.

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TargetSolutions Builds 3 Custom Credentials for New York

New York Credential for In-Service Fire TrainingTargetSolutions’ powerful tracking and records management capabilities help departments stay ahead of annual training mandates and ensure personnel are up-to-date on their skillsets. To consolidate crucial training hours for departments in New York, TargetSolutions custom-built 3 credentials written to state-specific mandates for both career and volunteer firefighters.

Custom-Built Credentials for New York

These credential templates provide a base for everything New York fire departments track to comply with state standards. In addition to containing TargetSolutions courses and activities, you can add your own department’s content to supplement necessary training credits.

Rather than individually looking up users’ training hours and potentially finding they have not completed all parts of their training, these credentials make it simple to track training, measure progress towards completion and run reports to prove compliance. Best of all, these auto-renewing credentials require little maintenance and allow you to begin training for the new year instantly.

Here is a breakdown of the 3 credentials for New York and the value they add to your department:

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