is a Windows program written to apply typical Windows conventions for
user familiarity and ease of use. It is assumed that you have a
knowledge of your Windows operating system or have access to someone
who does. If this is not the case, then you should appoint someone in
your organization who will accept the responsibility for maintaining
FireTools and training others as necessary.
and 2 in the FireTools User Guide and duplicated on pages 3 and 4 in
the FireTools Installation manual include concepts important for
getting started right.
The Table of Contents for the
FireTools User Guide includes comprehensive lists of pre-structured
reports available in each module
When entering an
incident report, the fire department FDID and state abbreviation will
be filled in automatically. Red headings and asterisks indicate the
required fields. These will change as data is entered, corresponding to
As you complete an NFIRS-1
Basic form in the Incident Reporting System, you can see what other
forms are required by clicking on the Required Forms item on the top
When completing any form other than the
NFIRS-1 Basic, the top Bar menu includes an item titled: Basic Info. By
clicking on this item, it will display a window with key reference
information, including a button for Remarks, from the NFIRS-1 Basic
Code fields in all NFIRS forms in the Incident
Reporting System include a Pick List, typical of Windows convention,
containing all valid codes. However, some of these lists are very long.
In such cases, you will find a question mark to the right of the field
heading. By clicking on that question mark, it will display a window
with codes included in a tree type structure, similar to Windows File
Explorer. Just as with Windows File Explorer, you can expand a desired
category by clicking on the plus sign. If you don't find an appropriate
code, close the category by clicking on the minus sign and explore a
different category until you find the correct code. Double click on the
code to make a selection and proceed to the next field.
can create custom Codes for most standard NFIRS Codes in the Incident
Reporting System by selecting Maintain Plus One Codes on the Tools
menu. You can append any character, 1 through 0 or A through Z to
existing codes and add your own text description. Note: When adding
Plus One Codes, the resulting code and text should be in the same
category as the original.
A Training Attendance Work Sheet for recording training attendance information can be printed from the Training menu.
FireTools technical support staff can decode unknown passwords if there
is a need to because the have been forgotten or because there has been
a change in personnel within the user organization. A person requesting
decoding of one or more passwords should be prepared to provide their
name, rank or position within the organization and their authority to
have access to the passwords being sought.
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