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Fire inspection software

Discussion in 'Commercial Fire Codes' started by beach, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. beach

    beach Gold Member

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    Does anybody use a good software for fire inspections?
     
  2. TimNY

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    Re: Fire inspection software

    Short answer: no.

    Red Alert has an inspection and pre-plan module that ties in with the FD if they are using Red Alert for dispatch.

    Another neighboring municipality is going to 'Municity', but one of the requirements was that it tie into the building department, so it has modules for both.

    I use an excel spreadsheet :)
     
  3. Builder Bob

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    Re: Fire inspection software

    No...... Not a big fan of checklists....... seems to limit a person's ability to think...
     
  4. cda

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    Re: Fire inspection software

    not sure if this works for inspections or if it is what you are looking for, but

    Has anyone used this or heard of it????:::

    http://www.emergencyreporting.com/
     
  5. beach

    beach Gold Member

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    Re: Fire inspection software

    Builder Bob,

    It's not an inspection checklist, what I'm looking for basically tracks the inspection, the building is entered into the system noting the building type, type of construction, riser, FDC, etc. location, when last inspected, violations, next required inspection, etc. Our building dept. uses Permits Plus but that won't work for us. The program we have now was written by one of our captains and used to work pretty well, he's gone now and it's not working well with our new computers.....
     
  6. cda

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    Re: Fire inspection software

    we use firehouse, not the greatest but not the worst
     
  7. hlfireinspector

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    Re: Fire inspection software

    Firehouse here too. Firehouse is a whole fire department management system. I like the web version and am wireless in the field. I also have the mobile inspection software and like it because I can cut and paste from my code sections. We use it to capture our run reports too. It ties runs to building and staff schuelding to responses. We do fd preplans and attach floor and plot plans to it. If you get you building plans PDF you can attach them right to Firehouse. You build your own checklist accordong to the type of inspection. Check out their preplan viewer program too. We have other depts in the county that swear by Mobile Eyes. Great program but not a whole dept. management tool.
     
  8. pyrguy

    pyrguy Moderator

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    Re: Fire inspection software

    The AHJ I worked for had Permits Plus and Fire House.

    Beach, Permits Plus is a data base manager program. The program admin 'should' be able to set up inspection types to do what you are looking for. It will take some work but...
     
  9. logank

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    Have you examined the CodePal inspection software? http://www.codepalinspections.com

    Take a look, have it demonstrated online for you if you want to. I work for them, developing and teaching, and would really like to have your - and others - opinions and suggestions regarding our software.

    This isn't the primary purpose I am on this forum, but since you brought it up I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to as you to, at least look us over.

    Thanks
     
  10. vegas paul

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    The FD here uses Fire House, and is reasonably happy with it. That said, they have a dedicated computer geek that has customized it considerably. Fire House does allow you to modify/customize it (some products do not, since they use a proprietary code that only they can modify - for a price).
     
  11. FyrBldgGuy

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    In the past I worked at a fire department that used High Plains Inc's "Fire Manager" software for permitting and inspection. The program was developed by a Battalion Chief. It has other modules for fire department use, but the Life Safety permitting worked very well.

    Mark Cheline m.cheline@highplains.com
     
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    We use Codeman (1998) but are trying to find a replacement. I'm attending a Municity demo soon, but it's my second choice.
     
  14. Darren Emery

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    Curious - does anyone use a solution built in house? We use Filemaker Pro for all of our Permit and Code Inspection duties, and it's a pretty strong program, if you have someone that can build the system.
     
  15. FM William Burns

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    Beach,

    Think we discussed this before. I developed my own using a Access (*mdb) format. I used a forms creation software I found on the net and developed my owns inspection forms with drop-downs, text boxes etc. best of all, I sink my Pocket PC and all forms convert to (*pdf) for storage; emails out to inspection contact and uploads to the building department's software property file in just two clicks. Send to printer for the FD secretary and old school files and automatically have reminder in Outlook for re-inspections. Email me and I'll shoot you copies of my forms.

    Oh yea we have Fire House but I don't use it.
     
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    Thanks FM,

    Our current program that one of our Captains developed is based on Crystal reports and Oracle..... we cracked his code and made all necessary upgrades. We had six vendors (including ones mentioned here...) give presentations on their product and after seeing them, we liked our own better, so we updated it........ Hmmmm, after seeing the others, maybe we should license ours..........
     
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    Beach,

    That's excellent and we've had similar presentations. We like keeping it simple and if we can tweak it to make it work with other inspection agency software (like emailing them or filing our reports on their property files so they know where we are at with projects) why spend the money just to have something you need to re-learn. Glad you guys got it where you need it. Be safe out there.
     
  18. Marlot

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    Hello everyone!

    Has anyone tried the Firelab inspection software (https://firelabinc.com/), can you give me review if the software is good and worth buying it?

    Thanks!
     
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    I just made my own inspection form from Excel. but when i was with the fire department we used Emergency Reporting its a good all around program but it coast a good amount to get started.
     
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    We're using Codepal for inspections and plan review tracking. Our building department is using a product called Cornerstone that has gone out of business and they have no support for the product and limited licenses. Codepal doesn't doesn't work with it at all. We email our inspection and plan review comments to the building department and they cut and paste them into cornerstone.

    I've had issues with Codepal lately, but the fire dept chose not to pay for support because the whole city is trying to move to a product called Cityworks that they can customize by department. We use Aegis (new world) for our fire investigations because it's the same software the operations guys use for their reporting. It's not really great for us either. Cityworks is supposed to make everything more streamlined. I'll probably be retired before that happens. :)
     

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