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    Default Fire Department Tech/ Computer Help

    If anyone needs any technology or computer help related to their fire department, let me know and I will do my best to help you. I have a background in IBM Mainframes, networking, internet, and windows.
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    Are you offering free service to "help out" or is this a business of yours? If so I think you can rent billboards on the freeway for pretty cheep nowadays.
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    Nope not a business. Just offering to help fellow professional firemen. (Billboard comment????)
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    Don't worry man.. I do the same stuff for people. Not running a business either..some people tend to forget that offering your skills for free doesn't mean you are tryin to make a profit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFD1581
    Nope not a business. Just offering to help fellow professional firemen. (Billboard comment????)
    Didn't mean anything bad by the comment. Just a lot of people come on here only to advertise their business and it gets old after a while and also violates the FH.com TOS.

    Glad to see someone is actually there to help.
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    What kind of networking work do you do?

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    Default looking for help using NFIRS software offline

    I am trying to set a laptop up with the free NFIRS software to use offline at the scene to do our reports. I want to be able to import (upload) the reports once a week.

    I have managed to be able to log on offline and I can enter the reports. When I try to import the information online to USFA, it shows that it is successfull, however, I can't find the report when I do an online search.


    Where am I going wrong>

    Windows XP laptop
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    cable modem when importing files
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    Thanks for any insight.

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    jason,
    just looking at where to start, we are going to get 2 toughbooks for the ambulances and are kicking around the idea about computers for the engines, just saw the poll on firehouse, and some guys are wondering if we need it. i was thinking it would help with run reports,and scene size-up, keep track of onscene things your thoughts? we have 2 engines don't run alot of calls, some village/rural township.
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    Default Photo Editing - Fire / Haz Mat Simulations

    Does anyone have software, graphics or other means to edit digital photographs to simulate fire, smoke and or haz mat scenarios? I've tried to use a commercially available fire simulation program which works OK if you're showing the images via the computer or LCD projector...but I want to print the simulations ... Any help?

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    mic409, first question is do you have someone available at the scene to sit around and type in a computer? if not, then they won't get much use.

    deputyski, we use a commercial product to make the simulation pictures, then simply save them as .jpg and print using Microsoft Photo Editor.
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    Thanks Bones...would that be a program with the initials FS? If so, I'll have to try to "save as" and give the file name the extension .jpg...I think that is the only way to do that right...screen capture isn't working. I'll try this when I'm back in the office tomorrow...thanks.

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    Acutally not sure what the product name is but we ran into the same problem. You could also look at a website named www.download.com and do some searching for screen capture software. Found some in the past that allowed you to run a program in the background that would allow you to hit a hotkey combination and it would capture whatever was on your screen and allow you to paste it or print it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deputyski
    Does anyone have software, graphics or other means to edit digital photographs to simulate fire, smoke and or haz mat scenarios? I've tried to use a commercially available fire simulation program which works OK if you're showing the images via the computer or LCD projector...but I want to print the simulations ... Any help?
    I have been messing around with this recently http://www.firesimulator.com/sneak_peak.htm if you are dead set on buying some software though you can look at digital combustion http://www.digitalcombustion.com/Downloads.htm

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    A Good screen capture program is ScreenPrint32 -- Free which is always a good perk. FInd it here: http://www.download.com/Screen-Print...ml?tag=lst-0-1 Also, you can try ScreenCaptor which works well if you need more advanced captures. Dio a google search to find it. The deal with that site is, you can use the software free, or you can donate to them. If you donate to them and one of their programs goes mainstream, you get access and upgrades on that and all their other programs for life, as well as a registration code for all of their software.
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    Hi Everyone,

    I see a lot of people have posted some questions, I kind of fell off of reading the posts. I am back though and will check post regularly. So the offer is still on the table if anyone needs any help. Feel free to also check out my blog that covers many web design related issues at JFischWeb.com. Stay safe,
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