Firefighting

NFIRS Web-based data entry tool introduced

Issue 10 and Volume 163.

The Data Entry Browser Interface (DEBI) tool will facilitate the entering of data into the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) database. It eliminates the need to download and install software on the NFIRS user’s computer and runs on standard Web browsers. It is available without charge to all users. “Because DEBI does not need to be downloaded, installed, and configured, it requires much less time and technical knowledge from the NFIRS user,” explains Glenn Gaines, acting U.S. fire administrator. To obtain the tool, fire departments must complete the user registration at www.nfirs.fema.gov/users/ and the department’s NFIRS state program manager must grant the necessary permissions to use the new tool and activate the department’s account. If a department does not already have an active NFIRS user account, it should contact its NFIRS state program manager. To use DEBI, you must have Internet connectivity, an Internet browser…

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