The State Fire Marshal’s Office has adopted the NFIRS Version 5.0 as the standard for incident reporting Georgia Fire Incident Reporting System Version 5.0 (GFIRS). The (GFIRS) collects information on a full range of fire department activity to include information regarding types of fires, injuries and fatalities for civilian and fire service personnel, EMS, hazardous materials, Wildland fires and apparatus and personnel. The GFIRS is modular in design. The program is an essential tool to identify and define the state’s fire problem, recognize fire trends and fire events which impact the citizens of Georgia.
Reporting to the State Fire Marshal’s Office
Fire departments are to submit their data on a Quarterly basis. Reports are due within every 90 day window after January 1st. Example: January-March reports should be sent in early April; April-June reports are due early July, July-September reports are due early October; etc. Fire departments should submit their files electronically by email or directly into NFIRS.Fema.gov. Fire departments may email their files to email@example.com. This email address is for submission of incident reports only. In the text of the email, please state the month, year and department for which you are reporting. If sending the files by email is not an option, fire departments may submit files by mail on a floppy diskettes or a CD with a label stating the fire department name, month and year of submitted files. The mailing address is Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office, Suite 920 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Atlanta, GA 30334.
Fire departments must use software that meets the standards set forth by the United States Fire Administration. The active vendor list can be found on the USFA website at http://www.nfirs.fema.gov/system/activevendors.shtm
Using the NFIRS Data Entry Tool (DET) on Windows 7 Computer:
The USFA shares ways other users have found to get the NFIRS Data Entry Tool to work with Windows 7. The following workaround has proven to work.
Disable Aero for Windows 7 and use Windows Classic instead.
1. Right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize from the menu.
2. Scroll the themes down until the Basic and High Contrast themes are seen.
3. Click Windows Classic, and OK. The desktop should change to Windows Classic that will apparently allow the Client Tool to run.
4. When the session is over, change back to the default.