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.
The CARES Act provides guidance for local government reimbursement through the Governor’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). It specifies that costs must be related to spending due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19.
To receive reimbursement, these costs cannot be previously accounted for (prior to March 27,2020) and the cost must be incurred during the period March – December 30, 2020.
Eligible expenses for agencies include medical and public health spending, regular and overtime pay during the declared State of Emergency through the Phase 1 re-opening (March 12-May 31, 2020) and expenses used to facilitate compliance with COVID-19 related public health measures.
For more information, please read the CRF FAQ.
In times of crisis, innovation is key to maintaining operational effectiveness. Especially as the demand for socially distanced learning increases, agencies need solutions that can support these processes.
Vector Solutions’ suite of digital applications allow agencies to streamline training management, oversee department inspections and manage employees’ hours. With the TargetSolutions online learning management system, departments can deliver and track their own custom training activities (such as donning and duffing PPE for COVID-19), new policies and 450 hours of pre-built firefighting and accredited EMS courses.
In addition to training, departments can also manage employee scheduling and resource management with Vector Solutions. Using TargetSolutions Scheduling™, agencies can automate workforce management tasks such as shift assignments, overtime hiring and payroll reports. With additional scheduling challenges amid COVID-19, department leaders can accurately track employee’s hours, easily fill open shifts and maintain records of each shift’s staff.
TargetSolutions Check It™ is a mobile application for departments to track daily inspections, inspect equipment and manage inventory. During COVID-19, firefighters can submit daily health checklists, maintain supply levels for PPE and ensure everything is functioning properly.
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