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Year in Review: A Look Back at 2020 Innovations & Events

2020 Vector Solutions

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year of significant challenges and changes. During this year, Vector Solutions continued to support agencies and help them adapt to new processes through technological innovations.

In 2020, Vector Solutions developed new products, released crucial training, enhanced existing systems and gave back to local communities. Here’s a look back at this year’s most notable solutions and events.

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Top 10 Online Training Courses in 2020

2020 Online Training Courses

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of ‘normalcy’ in our world. Amid this global crisis, organizations have had to adapt to a number of instant, new challenges. Facilities across the United States closed their doors and schools and workforces transitioned to remote operations.

To help maintain an effective, safe and productive workforce, Vector Solutions provided thousands of agencies crucial training and online operational tools. From the complimentary release of a COVID-19 training series, to resource management tools, to collaboration solutions, Vector Solutions’ suite of applications applications and training content enabled agencies to adapt essential functions without sacrificing the training and tools they need to effectively do their job.

As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to highlight the top 10 most popular online training courses.

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New EMS Courses: Functional Communication for EMS, Pain Management & More

Vector Solutions’ EMS training catalog features more than 250 hours of accredited continuing education for EMS providers of all levels. New courses are frequently added to this catalog to keep up with current procedures and ensure EMTs, paramedics and EMRs utilize industry best practices.

All-new titles include: Functional Communication for EMS Providers; Pain Management; and Emergency Care for Electrical Burns. Available through the TargetSolutions training system, these courses will help EMS professionals fulfill CE units and refresh their knowledge of important topics.

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Officer Survival: Physiological Response to Stress

Stress undoubtedly comes with a career in law enforcement. Police officers often face high-stress, high-stakes situations where they must make split-second decisions under extreme pressure. If stress isn’t managed, it can cause long-term conditions and illnesses that can negatively affect how officers conduct their daily lives and performance in the field.

Vector Solutions’ new course, Officer Survival: Physiological Response to Stress, covers the different causes of stress for a law enforcement officer, the impact of stress on the mind and body and best practices for stress management.

By completing this training, officers will better understand how stress impacts them and agencies will better support the mental and behavioral health of their employees with important wellness solutions across their departments.

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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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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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