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MEFIRS 5.0 System Features

The Maine Office of State Fire Marshal maintains the Maine Fire Incident Reporting System (MEFIRS). MEFIRS is the statewide system for tracking fire related emergencies and incidents. MEFIRS is designed as a tool for fire departments to report and maintain computerized records of fires and other fire department incidents in a uniform manner.

The Maine Fire Incident Reporting System utilizes the NFIRS 5.0 software application provided free of charge through the United States Fire Administration. Additional information and user registration information can be obtained through the MEFIRS State Administrator at Joseph.E.Thomas@maine.gov, or through the USFA/NFIRS website at User Registration.

NOTE: The U.S. Fire Administration released NFIRS 5.0 version 5.9.5 on December 30, 2014. Users with older versions of the USFA software will be required to download and install the USFA NFIRS version 5.9.5 software. The USFA software is available to active status users after login on the NFIRS User Section, https://www.nfirs.fema.gov/NFIRSWebTools/UserServices/logon.do?destination=/UserServices/home/userHome.do. Users of the USFA Client software version 5.9.4 or 5.9.2 will be prompted to upgrade to version 5.9.5 upon login to the on-line system following the release. The update process for off-line users will require backing up their local database (e.g., NFIRSdatav54.mdb) and performing a “user injection”. Details about installing the update can be found in the "Read Me" text file located at: https://www.nfirs.fema.gov/_download/NFIRSv595/readme.txt.

 

Features available through the use of NFIRS 5.0 for incident reporting include:

  • Collecting information on a full range of fire department activity. The current NFIRS 5.0 reporting software is fire based.
  • Data is collected for all incident types in a basic module. Additional modules for fires, structure fires, firefighter casualties, civilian casualties, EMS, hazardous materials, Wildland fires, apparatus and personnel are completed as necessary. The apparatus, personnel, EMS, HAZMAT and Wildland fire modules are optional.
  • Small spills of common hazardous materials such as gasoline are quickly and easily documented. Detailed information is completed optionally only if a serious release of hazardous materials occurs.
  • Multiple factors contributing to the cause of the fire are captured. This allows identification of juvenile fire setters, possible gang involvement in fires, alcohol and cigarette interaction as well as drugs and youth involvement by age categories.
  • Information on detectors and automatic suppression systems is captured. Included are information on the systemís presence, range, power supply, effectiveness, operation and reason for failure.

Technical Architecture

  • The State of Maine can edit and operate the MEFIRS state database in conjunction with the USFA database.
  • Maintenance and updates to the system and its software can be accomplished through the Internet.
  • Data can be easily packaged on the World Wide Web for the use of states, local fire departments, other organizations and the public.
  • World wide web based on-line reporting, queries and GIS services can make the systemís utility far more powerful than a PC based system residing at state of local offices or departments. The State of Maine MEFIRS system can share their data with local departments, other states, organizations, etc.
  • System design allows the State of Maine the flexibility to continue to process incidents on the MEFIRS server and also take advantage of a networked Internet system approach.