Lee Whitner of South Adams County Fire Department Selected as 2019 Training Officer Recognition Award Winner

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 30, 2019 – 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 Lee Whitner of South Adams County (Colorado) Fire Department, as the recipient of the 2019 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award.

As the award winner, Whitner will be recognized during the annual VCOS meeting August 8 during the 2019 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Atlanta.

“I’m very excited to receive this award,” Chief Whitner said. “It really highlights the organization’s commitment to training. This wouldn’t happen without the Chief [Bob Monzinga] and line personnel bringing their A-game. This training award really highlights the whole team.”

The award honors exemplary conduct and dedication by a training officer. Chief Whitner displayed those qualities at her combination department by developing and implementing several innovative processes and programs, including the “Volunteer Extreme” training curriculum. 

“Chief Whitner has built a training program that has far exceeded what we expected, or thought possible,” Deputy Chief Bob Monzingo said. “In her time here, she developed, manages and maintains our training and certifications, leads our safety committee and started an Honor Guard program. She remains actively involved with Colorado Fire Training Officers and contributes a great deal to the fire service in general.”

The goal of the “Volunteer Extreme” program is to ensure the effectiveness of the agency’s volunteer personnel who are challenged to complete training due to time constraints. After meeting with her members, she rolled out monthly training explicitly targeted for volunteers.

“The training offers specific topics related to core skills in a setting that ensures the students have the opportunity to train at their pace,” said Monzingo. “This program has received very positive feedback and will help our organization keep the volunteer-reserve component that founded our department.”

In addition to the “Volunteer Extreme” program, Chief Whitner conducts “learn to study” sessions to help members prepare for mandatory tests. She also provides “real world” hands-on application techniques to crew members, and helps implement citizen and youth academies, as well as Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to help others develop their own programs. Chief Whitner also manages her agency’s utilization of the TargetSolutions online training management platform.

2019 marks the sixth consecutive year TargetSolutions, and the VCOS have teamed up to present this award, and Chief Whitner joins Captain Chip Everett of Oshtemo Township (Mich.) Fire Department, Assistant Chief Brad Pinsky of Manlius (N.Y.) Fire Department, Deputy Chief Steve Malone of the Manhattan (Ill.) Fire Protection District, Michael Accardo III of the St. Tammany (La.) Fire District 9, and Josh Blum of Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department.

Chief Whitner will receive an expenses-paid trip to Atlanta to attend FRI.

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 www.targetsolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @TargetSolutions and on Facebook at www.facebook/com/targetsolutions.com.

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 fields. Its brands, RedVector-Convergence Training, TargetSolutions and SafeSchools, deliver continuing education (CE), training, technology and performance-management solutions using the latest innovations in learning technology to create safer, more capable, more compliant organizations. Its extensive online and mobile learning library exceeds more than 9,000 courses written by 280 subject matter experts and reaches over 10 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 IAFC’s VCOS

The VCOS mission is to provide chiefs and chief officers who manage volunteers within a volunteer or combination fire, rescue or EMS delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism. The VCOS vision is to represent the interests of all volunteer and combination fire/rescue/EMS agencies. We are a dynamic organization, characterized by our integrity, customer focus and membership development, with value placed on people and the superior utilization of technology. We will continue to excel by creating educational programs through unrivaled networking and by helping VCOS members further their success and reach their potential. For more information, check online at VCOS.org.