How TargetSolutions helps the fire service achieve its training goals through online training programs


There are approximately 1.1 million firefighters and 30,000 fire departments in the United States.

There are approximately 1.1 million firefighters and 30,000 fire departments in the United States, according to a study by the NFPA.1 Of these departments, more than 18,000 provide some type of emergency medical services to their community.

Meeting online training requirements for firefighters and fire departments

Training Requirements for Firefighters

The amount of required fire department training depends on a department's responsibilities. Every state's EMS requirements vary, but on average, firefighters need approximately 48 hours of EMS continuing education each year. To meet fire department ISO training, firefighters need 18 hours of facilities training, 16 hours of company training, 12 hours of training for existing drivers and operators (60 hours for new), six hours on hazardous materials training, and 240 hours for recruits in their first year.2

Many departments consider their Insurance Services Officer (ISO) rating to be a grade indicating the level of service they are providing the community. One critical component to an ISO rating is training. By meeting ISOs training-hour requirements, and properly reporting those hours, departments position themselves to receive a higher grade.

TargetSolutions features more than 250 hours of fi­re and EMS continuing education. Fire­fighter training courses are based on the NFPA's codes and standards, including NFPA 1001, 1021 and 1500 Series. EMS courses meet regulatory standards for recertification.

In addition to online firefighter training and EMS continuing education, TargetSolutions' catalog features valuable OSHA training, HR and harassment prevention training, emergency vehicle operator training, and much more. All combined, TargetSolutions' catalog features 361 hours of training for a firefighter.3 > Learn More

While featuring engaging training courses built to educate personnel on safety issues, TargetSolutions also offers more than 160 hours of EMS recertification training. TargetSolutions has state approvals, CECBEMS approval, or medical director/client discretion approval in all 50 states.4 > Learn More

TargetSolutions was built to make recordkeeping challenges like ISO more efficient. The platform features ready-made training assignments covering ISO Driver Training, ISO Officer Training, ISO Hazmat Training, ISO Company Training and ISO Facilities Training. After your crew has completed the assignments, TargetSolutions recordkeeping system automatically tracks completions and cam generate detailed reports structured perfectly for ISO reviewing process. > Learn More

The risks of firefighting and the benefits of online firefighting training with TargetSolutions

Since 1994, there has been an average of 125 on-duty firefighter deaths each year. The good news is that number is trending downward as there has been a 28 percent decrease over the last five years.5 Still, firefighting continues to be extremely dangerous. The NFPA estimates that nearly 66,000 firefighters were injured in the line of duty in 2013 with 45 percent of injuries occurring during fireground operations.6

While on-duty firefighter deaths are declining, the proportion of deaths related to training has increased. In the last decade, more than 100 firefighters have died during training activities, and live‐fire training is typically a leading cause of training‐related fatalities.7

NFPA guidelines emphasize the importance of safety and compliance

With this in mind, the NFPA has created guidelines for departments to follow. NFPA 1403 emphasizes the importance of safety and compliance with state regulations during live-fire training and provides minimum requirements for conducting training to ensure it is conducted in safe facilities and in a safe manner for participants.8

Many of TargetSolutions' courses are built to make firefighters safer. TargetSolutions' NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Evolutions course was created to help keep firefighters safe. This course emphasizes the importance of safety and compliance with NFPA standards and local policies established to maintain training effectiveness without compromising safety. > Learn More

tracking firefighter training with targetsolutions

As the fire service works to meet federal, state and local firefighting training requirements, TargetSolutions' powerful fire department software tracks all of the data. The 21st century solution to recordkeeping – which comes loaded with pre-built electronic documents for tracking ISO training hours, EMS recertification, daily training drills, inspections, licenses, and much more – makes training management more efficient and effective. > Learn More

As the fire service evolves, departments are realizing the value in modernizing their training program. As a result, utilization of TargetSolutions' online training management system has increased dramatically. In 2014, more than 10 million assignments were completed on TargetSolutions. This represented a 45 percent increase in utilization from 2013 and more than 500 percent increase since 2010.