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Yes. Implementation is taking place department by department throughout the U.S. Regardless of size, your department can use the system. The NFORS modules and analytics have been designed to be user friendly, encourage accurate and timely data capture, and allow data exchange with systems like FireCARES.
The NFORS project was developed in parallel and is linked to the Fire Community Assessment Response Evaluation System (FireCARES) Project (www.firecares.org).
NFORS is designed to exchanged data with virtually any other data system.
The CAD Module can be connected via your CAD, your RMS or other data systems or warehouses.
Data flow into the NFORS system (powered by StatEngine) and analysis is immediate. Results are displayed on your departments customized dashboard. Your dashboard is then ready for your live interaction. You can filter and drill down into your data for operational insights.
The Exposure Module connects with the CAD module and with your staffing software or MDTs to provide the same immediately available data input and display for individual firefighters and paramedics. Read more about the Exposure Module here
NFORS is comprised of three modules.
Each module is stand alone with its own analytics but also connected with the other modules. All data are encrypted both in transit and at rest.
Both the CAD and the Exposure Modules are available NOW.
The first module is known as NFORS-CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch). This module is implemented by connecting with a fire department's CAD, RMS (Records Management System), or data warehouse, for automatic extraction of operational data for ALL TYPE responses. The NFORS-CAD may require minimal programming modification to a local CAD to assure that the appropriate operational data elements are captured. As operational data flow from a local fire department CAD system into the NFORS-CAD Library, they are immediately analyzed and available for use in local department reporting. The data are updated as often as the department desires (usually every 5 minutes) and dynamic reports are continually updated. These data are also prepared for use in the fire department's FireCARES page.
The NFORS Firefighter Exposure Module is also available. This module is set up to operate on individual firefighter's and/or paramedic's personal device. The module is downloaded and then connects with the CAD module to cue responders to complete the exposure module following an incident response. If there is no exposure, then the firefighter clicks 'no exposure' and the incident is recorded in the diary. If there is an exposure, then the appropriate section in the app is completed with a few clicks and the data are recorded both in the national database and on the firefighter's personal device.
The Incident/Investigation Module is under construction coming soon. Once available, this module will complete the NFORS series. This module will add powerful insight for community risk reduction.
To implement NFORS in your department requires an email to 'contact us'. A helpdesk ticket will be created for you and you will be contacted within 24-48 hours to set up a conference call to discuss implementation.
You may also schedule a DEMO right on the website. Select a data and during the demo we will show you the full capability of NFORS and discuss the technical aspects of getting connected. The DEMO will include a GoToMeeting session for a live demo of NFORS modules and analytics.
For the Demo, please include the Chief of Department, Operations Chief, IT expertise (and/or CAD Administrators), data administrators and/or accreditation manager as you deem appropriate. The entire process takes less than 1 hour.
Once the call is scheduled, please have everyone in the same room with a computer/projector setup with high speed internet connection - google chrome preferred.
If everyone is not in the same room, they should be at their own computer with internet and google chrome.
Special Note: If desired, the same call can include a live walk through and a "hands on" demo of FireCARES so that you can learn as we go. If you want the FireCARES/NFORS combined demo, please go to www.firecares.org to get a login before the demo. The Chief can get a login first and then authorize others by adding their emails to the system.
The implementation fee is $5000. This is a one-time fee that includes the NFORS CAD and the Exposure Module (Firefighter Career Diary).
Starting in January 2019, a fee will be based on your department's protected population. For example, populations under 250K the fee is $8000/year if paid annually or $700/month.
With the subscription you will get any new updates to the CAD and Exposure modules along with frequent webinars to teach you to use and customize your dashboard for use by specific folks in your department like battalion chiefs, EMS chiefs or others.
The fees are only for the actual integration costs and the storage of your department data on our hosting provider.
The NFORS project team and legal counsel have assembled a standard data exchange MOU for local fire departments. The MOU is available for download here. Where necessary, the MOU may be edited by local governments and sent back to the NFORS team for consideration.
All NFORS data reside on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The data are encrypted and secured both in transit and at rest.
NFORS is owned by the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI). The International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI) is the leading research, development, and training organization focused on using data science to provide analytical tools and information to the public safety sector. IPSDI procures, assembles, analyzes, and reports information from fire, rescue, and law enforcement data. IPSDI provides live dashboards for local public safety agencies to assure usable information about their operations. See more at www.i-psdi.org.
Local Fire Departments still own their data. All data are also accumulated into a national database that lives on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a secured environment. The data are curated and managed by the FireCARES/NFORS Project Team. This is the same group of fire service partners that conducted the NIST Residential and High-Rise Studies. The list of partners may be seen here.
Local Fire Departments can always access their own data real time. Additionally, bonafide researchers can request access to aggregate deidentified data for exploratory and surveillance studies. Researchers should send an email through the 'Contact Us' portal for consideration. A data use agreement is required and will be provided.
FireCARES and NFORS are parallel projects both funded by the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants. NFORS is a data gathering application (software) that links with a fire departments CAD or records management system (RMS) to ingest operational data directly without additional firefighter input. That data can then be analyzed with in the NFORS system for instant reports and it can be loaded into the FireCARES system for use in calculating and updating a fire department's Performance Score and Safe Grade.
NFORS can be used regardless of whether your department chooses to continue entering data into NFIRS. NFORS CAD Module uses technology to link with the departments CAD, RMS, or other data resources to automatically upload data so no data entry is required. The Firefighter Exposure App (Module) requires minimal individual entry to create a career diary and provide exposure data for firefighter cancer surveillance projects. Since costs are low, NFORS is a great option for high level, live, real time analytics.
The reporting of fire data to NFIRS is voluntary and not mandated at the Federal level. State participation in NFIRS is voluntary.
Local Fire Department participation is based on one of the two following requirements:
In 2017, all 50 state Fire Marshal's Offices were contacted and asked about state statutes, regulations or policy regarding NFIRS fire data collection and submission. A total of 17 states have either laws, statutes, regulations, or policy that require NFIRS data to be collected and submitted. An additional 4 states allow the State Fire Marshal to establish data collection rules, guidelines, or recommendations for fire data collection based on NFIRS system. The remaining 29 states have no requirement to collect or submit fire data based on NFIRS though some have chosen to do so.
In order to support the volume of demo requests, we have setup an Eventbrite NFORS demo event that you can use to schedule your demo. You will need to provide your department's information as well as the primary POC and technical POC's information prior to the demo. Register for an NFORS demo via this link.
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