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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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Employee Cybersecurity Awareness Training to Protect Your Organization

The adoption of new technologies and innovation in the workplace streamlines processes and provides greater flexibility. However, a more virtual work environment, especially given COVID-19 work from home orders, has contributed to a growing cybercrime industry.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021 – doubling annual estimated costs from 2015. To protect your organization, a comprehensive security approach is essential.

In addition to secure operating systems and software, organizations must train employees to identify and avoid cyberattacks, such as phishing scams, that prey on individuals. Vector Solutions’ Cybersecurity training catalog covers cybersecurity best practices to help protect your agency’s valuable information and prevent loss.

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New EMS Nosebleeds and Enhanced CE Training

EMS Nosebleeds Training

Vector Solutions’ CAPCE-approved EMS training catalog features online continuing education for all levels of EMS professionals. New courses are frequently added to the EMS course library while others are refreshed with up-to-date content, new videos and relevant case studies.

The latest EMS catalog updates include the updated course, Medical, Ethical and Legal Issues, and an all-new course: Nosebleeds.

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Credentials Available for Enterprise Sites to Standardize Essential Training

The Enterprise solution in the TargetSolutions LMS centralizes training resources for regional firefighter training groups and mutual aid partners. Departments using this feature can maintain their own training platform while also sharing resources with nearby agencies.

Through the Enterprise site, you can share custom activities, courses, training events and now: credentials. Credentials in Enterprise platforms provide more streamlined collaboration, enhanced communication and a standardized training program.  

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Advanced EMS Courses: EMS Response to Mass Casualty Incidents & More

Vector Solutions’ accredited EMS continuing education helps EMS professionals across the country recertify and maintain licenses. Accessible through the TargetSolutions training management platform, these online courses are frequently updated with refreshed content, videos and case studies.

This round of online course updates focuses on advanced training topics for paramedics. A new course title, Advanced Considerations in EMS Response to Mass Casualty Incidents, covers critical actions for EMS personnel to prepare for (and respond to) a mass casualty event.

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Police Course Updates: Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence & Fatigue

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Law enforcement is a constantly changing industry. To ensure officers can adapt, their refresher training must reflect the most up-to-date procedures and regulations. Vector Solutions is in the process of revamping its online police course library with dynamic videos, current case studies and industry best practices.

This latest round of law enforcement course updates includes: Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence and Understanding Fatigue for Law Enforcement.

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Vector Solutions’ Online EMS Training Approved by Alberta College of Paramedics for Continuing Education Units

Vector Solutions EMS Training Approved by Alberta College of Paramedics

SAN DIEGO – Vector Solutions, a leader in training and performance solutions for the public safety industry, was approved for new EMS continuing education credits for Alberta, Canada by the Alberta College of Paramedics for a total of 227 online courses and more than 780 units of credit.

This approval means all permissible self-directed EMS continuing education (CE) credits can be fulfilled from a single platform. Available through the TargetSolutions learning management system (LMS), these online, video-based courses are written by subject matter experts and feature a variety of critical refresher training for BLS and ALS agencies. Topics include patient assessment, airway management, cardiac emergencies, emergency response to terrorism and more.

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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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Vector Solutions Offers Complimentary Training to Benefit American Cancer Society and the First Responder Center for Excellence

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SAN DIEGO – Vector Solutions, a leader in training and operations management solutions for the fire service through its TargetSolutions brand, is offering complimentary access to two of its most important online training courses, NFPA 1851 – Cancer-Related Risks of Firefighting and Mental Health Awareness for Emergency Responders. Vector Solutions will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society and the First Responder Center for Excellence for completions of the respective courses for the rest of 2020.

NFPA 1851 – Cancer-Related Risks of Firefighting was written according to the NFPA standard on the Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting. Cancer remains one of the leading causes of line-of-duty deaths and this two-hour course aims to provide a thorough understanding of fire service-related cancer risks for today’s firefighters. With every course completion of this online course, Vector Solutions will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society.

Mental Health Awareness for Emergency Responders utilizes national data, as well as testimonials from veteran first responders, to assess the most common mental health disorders affecting emergency responders and healthy coping strategies. For each completion of the complimentary course, which is made available without continuing education credit, Vector Solutions will donate $1 to the First Responder Center for Excellence.

“Emergency responders risk their wellbeing for others every day they come into work,” said Alex Berry, who serves as Executive Vice President for Vector Solutions and is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Greater DC/Baltimore Area Advisory Board.

“We’ve learned over the last few years the extent of the physical, mental and emotional toll of this job. Vector Solutions feels a responsibility to help educate emergency responders about these risks and how they can be mitigated. We’re honored to work with the American Cancer Society and First Responder Center of Excellence on these special programs.”

In 2019, Vector Solutions launched its Vector Cares Program. As part of its commitment to serve everyday heroes and communities across the country, this program combines business and philanthropic efforts to provide education resources and help improve outcomes.

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“We are very grateful to Vector Solutions for creating this generous campaign to support the American Cancer Society for the second year in a row and, especially, during the pandemic, which has put our mission to fight cancer at risk for the first time in the Society’s history,” said Tswana Sewell, who is executive director for the American Cancer Society. “We appreciate the firefighters and first responders who put their lives on the line daily for the sake of the community and are out there serving with the additional risks posed by COVID-19. We are honored to be the recipient of funds raised through these important, free courses that Vector Solutions is offering to enhance the safety and wellness of emergency first responders and lower their cancer risk.”

In addition to the free training courses, Vector Solutions is working with Life Scan Wellness Centers, one of the nation’s largest providers of NFPA 1582 physicals for early cancer detection, to deliver valuable webinars. Earlier this year, Chief Todd LeDuc (Ret.), who serves as the Centers’ chief strategy officer, delivered a webinar presentation through TargetSolutions on the role of early detection for firefighters.

He followed that presentation up on Oct. 14 with another webinar titled “The Importance of Mental Health for Emergency Responders.

“Public safety professionals are exposed to high-stress situations that can lead to serious stress-related disorders and diseases,” said LeDuc, who is a board member for the IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. “I’m happy to be working with Vector Solutions to help educate first responders on these health risks. We need to continue to recognize and teach our community on what comes with exposure to these high-stress situations. All too often mental and physical health is overlooked.”

For more on information on these free courses, offered through the Vector Cares Program, please check online at
https://wwwsandbox.targetsolutions.com/emergency-responder-health-2020. For more information about Vector Solutions, please contact us today at (800) 840-8046.

About Vector Solutions
Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support, provides award-winning SaaS solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial, facilities management, public safety, IT and education industries. Its brands, RedVector-Convergence Training, TargetSolutions, and SafeSchools, deliver continuing education (CE), training, technology and performance management solutions using the latest innovations in learning and technology to create safer, more capable, more compliant organizations. Its extensive online and mobile learning library offers approximately 8,000 courses written by over 250 subject matter experts and reaches over 7 million professionals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit www.vectorsolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @VectorPerform and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VectorPerformance.

About TargetSolutions
TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand, delivers award-winning, real-time training and record-keeping solutions to the fire services emergency medical services, risk pools, cities and municipalities, law enforcement and public works industries. The company provides engaging, accredited online training courses, cutting-edge software applications, and dynamic performance management solutions to help make organizations safer, more capable, and more compliant. For more information, visit wwwsandbox.targetsolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @TargetSolutions and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TargetSolutions.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to http://www.cancer.org. If you would like to make a donation to the American Cancer Society to support this cause, please click here.

About the First Responder Center for Excellence
The First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Occupational Illness, Injuries and Deaths, Inc., a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation affiliate organization, was created in 2016. Its mission is to promote quality educational awareness and research to reduce physical and psychological health and wellness issues for first responders. For more information, visit http://firstrespondercenter.org.

About Life Scan Wellness Centers
Life Scan Wellness Centers’ comprehensive NFPA 1582 integrated physicals, with enhanced screening assessment for Cancer and Heart Diseases, has a proven record with more than 22 years of experience caring for more than 40,000 first responders annually in 370 departments and 17 states. Life Scan Wellness Centers’ firefighter and police physical exams can be tailored to fit the specific needs of municipalities, counties, and state organizations. For more information, visit http://lifescanwellness.com.

New “On Shift Today” Filter Connects Training & Scheduling Software

Through the TargetSolutions platform, you have access to your full suite of applications by Vector Solutions. With these centralized solutions, your agency can select from offerings to streamline training, manage assets, schedule employees and test proficiencies.

Now, with the addition of the “on shift today” filter in the training platform, agencies using TargetSolutions Scheduling™ can record completions for employees currently working. This integration makes it easy to use scheduling data to simplify training processes.

EMS Scheduling Software Update

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