Fire Journal is a very useful app for anyone in the fire service. Getting started takes only a few minutes.
When you open Fire Journal for the first time, you will have the opportunity to take a "tour" of the application. This tour will highlight the key functions of Fire Journal. To review, some of those functions include:
- A Journal for fire station activities (including station, members, and community)
- A Journal for yourself that is personal (only your eyes)
- A Journal for recording incidents
- A map that highlights every incident you've responded to (and entered into Fire Journal)
- Forms that may be important to your fire station (NFIRS, Smoke Alarm Installation, Public Activity, ICS, etc.)
- Settings (allows you to customize many functions in FireJournal)
At the end of the tour, you'll have an opportunity to do several things, including:
- Add your personal details (name, phone, email, etc.)
- Register for FREE 24/7 personal support.
After that, you'll see the screen to enter your first journal entry.
This is a great opportunity to experiment a bit. Your first journal entry should be titled something like "test" or "first entry" or similar. Note that in reality, it will be your second entry. The first entry will be automatically created and is titled, "New User."
Once you complete your first journal entry, you can swipe right at the top menu bar and bring the main screen, called "My Shift" front and center.
My Shift is where you'll start each work shift. It doesn't matter if you're working 12 hours, 24, 48, or even 96. When you start a shift, use My Shift to enter the data about that day. Who are you working with? Your station or an overtime assignment? What apparatus are you working? These elements will help create a recorded log of the places, times, and people you're working with. In the future, if anything is ever required for any particular day, work assignment, etc., getting to it is a simple search and done. The days of looking through paper generated journals is over.