Using the New FireJournal Dashboard

One of the key new capabilities in FireJournal Version 3 is the “MyShift” dashboard. Now, when you load the app, the center of operations is the MyShift screen. This new workflow came about following multiple focus discussions with firefighters. Their input into how a shift starts, and how the day unfolds is the foundation for MyShift.

Getting Started with MyShift

Let’s take a look at some of the workflow for MyShift. When you make relief in the morning, you’ll arrive at a fire station, determine whom you’re working with, take note of the Platoon Shift being used, the fire apparatus in your station, your assignment for the day (rank, position), and the apparatus you’re assigned to. That all takes place on this one page.

MyShift Relief screen


If you’ve subscribed to FireJournal Cloud, you may wish to check the daily reports and information it provides. To access Cloud, just tap on the icon at the bottom of the screen. You’ll recognize it based on the Apple standard use of pictographic icons.

Prior to connecting, FireJournal will check with you to ensure you want to launch an app in your iPad’s web browser. If you’re ready to go, tap on OK!


screen showing how to access FireJournal Cloud

Once you’re connected, you’ll see the FireJournal Cloud dashboard. In this example, we’re looking at incidents, including a master map, and a breakout of fire, EMS, and rescue incidents.

To get back to FireJournal, just tap on the little FireJournal reference in the upper left-hand corner of your web browser.


FireJournal Cloud screen


Creating a new Journal entry (or incident or form) is as easy as tapping on the appropriate + button in the MyShift page.

Each new journal entry – or incident – or form starts with a modal popover that asks you for some basic information. Note that some of the information (such as who you are) is automatically populated. You need to create a title for the entry, but nearly everything else is done by tapping.


Adding a new journal entry from the MyShift screen.


When it comes time to enter data, you have the option of typing on a keyboard, or using the built in voice recognition. That’s right – you may enter data throughout FireJournal by using your voice. No typing required. In this example, note the voice track at the bottom of the screen. That voice track represents the words you see in the “Overview” section on the page.


adding data via audio in Cloud


One of the key functions within FireJournal is choice – you determine how you want to use the application. To that end, if you prefer to type, or if you’re in a very noisy environment, then simply use either the built-in iPad keyboard or any of the physical attached keyboards that has been designed to mate to the iPad. FireJournal works with any iPad built after version 2, so you have a lot of flexibility.


Adding data to a form in FireJournal


Managing the Day

As you go through the day, you’ll discover the adding quick little notes here and there, and tracking your incidents will pay off in the long run. As time goes by, your input will grow. Over even a few months, you’ll see just how valuable the data you’re storing is. When viewing the incident map, you’ll begin to see trends relative to where incidents take place, the time of day, and any other factors to consider. Reviewing your journal entries, or getting reports from FireJournal Cloud will further define the history of your work. In the event something is needed, for an after action report, legal use, or to share details of an incident for training or historical purposes, you’ll be able to find, print, or share the information within seconds. No more scanning of printed or handwritten pages. It’s a new day.


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