Older Single to V12
Server 7.0.8 (2003)
Single 8.0.6 (2004)
Server 8.0.6 (2004)
Single 12.1.0 (V12)
Server 12.1.0 (V12)


FirePoint upgrades make history

Here's a history of FirePoint upgrades which have occurred within the last 10-years.


An annual support fee covers FirePoint software programming upgrades. The support fee covers all FirePoint programming including upgrades to NFIRS 5 as well as the programming necessary to keep-up with frequent changes in NFIRS 5 specifications released by FEMA. The fee also covers the cost of programming new FirePoint features listed here in this document. Finally, the support fee covers minor upgrades to 4D server as well as minor upgrades of the single-user version of 4D Engine.

The annual support fee does not cover the cost of major upgrades of 4D Server.

FirePoint Upgrades - December 2012 "12/12"

A routine was installed to retroactively correct any remaining Wildland module issues. This upgrade also includes all FEMA mandated changes to NFIRS 5 specification effective 1/1/2013.


FirePoint Upgrades - July 2012 "7/12"

A problem was detected with Human Factors in the Wildland module not registering an "N" in the NFIRS 5 transaction file when the None checkbox was checked. While no other errors were generated, similar programming patterns were correct in two places in the Fire module and one place in Civilian Casualty reporting.


FirePoint Upgrades - March 2012 "3/12"

A minor upgrade was made to add new fields and features to the basic CAD interface built into FirePoint.


FirePoint Upgrades - December 2011 "12/11"

FEMA NFIRS 5 specification changes for January 1, 2012 were implemented for FirePoint versions 2003, 2004 and V12 with this upgrade. Changes are implemented automatically based on incident alarm date.

In addition to NFIRS 5 changes the new version upgrades FirePoint's CAD interface to accept latitude and longitude coordinates generated by CAD systems using FirePoint's standard CAD interface.

In Version 12 Latitude and Longitude entry fields are now available on the first page of Incidents data entry. The upgrade procedure for Version 12 has also been greatly simplified with this upgrade.


FirePoint Upgrades - December 2010 "12/10"

The 12/10 release of FirePoint introduces FirePoint Version 12. Version 12 is the SQL version of FirePoint. It's also the first server version of FirePoint that's certified as compatible with the latest release of the Windows Server 2008 operating system. Now you can run fully certified software on the lastest Windows operating software.

With FirePoint Version 12 SQL backup and maintenance is dramatically simplified. 4D Tools has been built right into the database. Now you can run 4D Tools without exiting the application.

Another important feature of the new application is rapid upgrading. In older versions it was necessary for the administrator to export FirePoint passwords and popup lists before performing an upgrade. This new version eliminates those steps as password and popup list changes are now automatically stored in the data file each time the administrator quits FirePoint. This is a real time saver.

In a departure from previous versions 4D Server is now built-into the server version. This means a single server executable automatically starts FirePoint 12 in server mode. You can now monitor and administer the FirePoint server from any client application on any work station. This means you can monitor server activity, initiate backups and even run 4D Tools on the server without opening the door to the server room. This is a real benefit for fire departments that host the server in remote locations.


FirePoint Upgrades - January 2009 "01/09"

This upgrade includes all changes to NFIRS 5 required by FEMA in 2009.

A new "Map" button has been added to the "Incidents" and "Occupancies" list views. If the user selects one incident or occupany record in the list view and then presses the "Map" button your browser will start and open to a map showing you the location of the incident or occupancy complete with a close-up aerial view of the location.

The map is not a part of FirePoint but rather an Internet web service that displays addresses on a map. The "Map" button may be activated by pressing the "Maint" button then going to the "Mapping" tab in "Preferences".

Several "tune-up" were made inside the "Occupancies" module. Violation wording can now be changed and displayed in both inspection reports. Also, a new set of drop-down options for sorting Violations has been added to the Inspections detail view.

New features were added to the Patients module including an "Order" button to sort Treatments. 


FirePoint Upgrades - January 2008 "11/08"

This is a minor upgrade that better handles the totaling of resources listed in NFIRS 5 Section G1. With this upgrade the software will recalculate resources every time a State Fire Marshal error check is made.

In the past this recalculation was done after errors were assigned. This caused some resource deficiencies to be marked as errors before being corrected by the error check. Running the error check a second time eliminated the "false errors". The error check will now total G1 Resources before errors are calculated.

This upgrade also adds code to make the resource calculations every time apparatus are added within the Incidents data entry area.


FirePoint Upgrades - November 2007 "11/07"

This Fall FEMA released changes to the NFIRS 5 system for 2008. Each change, including the addition of codes, has been incorporated in FirePoint 8.

A more robust incident numbering system has been installed in FirePoint 8. Here's how it works. When a new incident is started FirePoint assigns a temporary incident number. If multiple incidents are started before an incident is saved, each will have unique temporary incident numbers. When an incident is saved the temporary incident number will be replaced with the next incident number in sequence. This new incident numbering methodology should help eliminate problems caused when multiple incidents are left in the "add record" phase before being saved.

The CAD interface has been expanded to work not only from Incidents and Apparatus, but now Patients as well.


FirePoint Upgrades - May 2007 "5/07"

FirePoint 8's Prevention module has been overhauled. The overhaul includes a reworking of all prevention screens and most prevention reports. Occupancies have been modified to allow for better communication with the Public module. This enhancement will reduce data entry time by making names and addresses available for linking into and out of the Public module.

With the press of a button GIS exports may now be created from Incidents, Occupancies and Personnel. GIS exports consist of text formatted for GIS software applications like Microsoft's Streets & Trips as well as Microsoft's MapPoint software. With these, or other GIS software applications, the user can quick convert address data into points on a map. This feature now allows for geographic analysis quickly and easily.

A new programmable EMS interface now allows FirePoint to quickly create Incidents and Apparatus records from data entered into NEMSIS-compliant EMS databases. This feature can eliminate the need for "double-entry" when working with state-mandated EMS applications.

The Fleet and Equipment modules have been expanded to allow documents and pictures to be associated with any record in those two modules. This means Engines can store pump-test data and certifications as part of their fleet record. SCBA's can now stored scanned images of testing documents. Now both these modules provide fast access to documents frequently requested during certification and ISO inspections.


FirePoint Upgrades - December 2006 "12/06"

FirePoint 8 users (all single users & users of Server 2003 7.0.2) will receive an upgrade in database technology. The technology upgrade will require Client / Server users to upgrade the client software on each workstation.

Updating client software is rarely required, however, if you are currently running Server 2003 7.0.2 the benefits of the new technology make this client upgrade desirable.

An error in the "Change Incident Number" File Operation is corrected in this version.

A programming error in a user report generator was located and fixed.

FirePoint 8 users may now enter up to 4-characters for District ID. While the first three characters will be reported to FEMA (NFIRS 5 specs limit District field to 3-characters) the extra character will allow local analysis of more lengthy district ID's. FirePoint 7 will continue to allow 3-characters as per NFIRS 5 specs.


FirePoint 8 Upgrade - May 2006 "05/06"

A new page has been added to the Personnel module. The page includes a general Comments area plus five additional User Defined Fields for Personnel.

Patient reporting via user defined export files has been expanded to include easy access to Treatment records.

A problem with SuperReport lists not updating in the FirePoint application lists has been corrected.


FirePoint 8 Upgrade - April 2006 "04/06"

All alphabetical tab searches (in list views) have been improved and modified. Each alphabetical tab will now work with any user-selected field.  So, for example, in Hydrants the alphabetical tab search can be used to locate hydrants by street name or hydrant ID or street number. Simply select the search field from the list of search fields. Put your favorite search field at the top of the search field list (Search button to Quick Search - 2nd Tab) and the tab search will work with the first selected search field when opening the module. You may switch the search field to any other field while the module is open.

A new "FirePoint News" link has been provided on the Command Window. Press the link to open a browser and have immediate access to information about FirePoint news and upgrades.

FirePoint users now have the ability to select either the new FirePoint browser-based Help system or the older (user modifiable) system included in FirePoint's data file.

A variety of improvements have been made to password security, Occupancy and Public searches, records maintenance, exporting reporting have been implemented.


FirePoint 8 Upgrade - December 2005 "12/05"

FirePoint 8 has been totally redesigned with larger screens and enhanced navigation.

FirePoint 8 documentation has been totally rewritten and reorganized for rapid users and administrator training.

All FEMA mandated 2006 changes have been incorporated in FirePoint 8.

New choice list option has been added to each list view.

FirePoint 8 is now compatible with a new product for obtaining CAD transactions from Computer Aided Dispatch systems.  FirePoint's new CAD Connector is now ready to meet your custom interface requirements.


FirePoint Upgrade - March 2005 "05/05"

The "03/05" version would sometimes cause related records to display incorrectly after the "Save" button was depressed.  That problem was corrected.

The "03/05" version sometime failed to display the Incident Type code description.  That problem was corrected.

A new feature was added.  If the user holds-down the Shift key while pressing either of the two sort arrows in the lower-right corner of the "list view", all displayed records are automatically displayed in the displayed sort order.  If an arrow key is depressed without the shift key then the displayed records are sorted in the order of the first field displayed in the list of search fields in the same area of the screen.


FirePoint Upgrade - March 2005 "03/05"

Records created for Construction Projects may now be used to create a related record in Occupancies.  In Projects simply select "File Operations..." from the File menu.  The select the option to "Copy Projects to Occupancies".

All Support Tables will now sort in a logical fashion.  This includes the Curriculum table which supports training categories.

The error which occurred when a unit was deleted from QuickCAD data entry has been eliminated.

Date formats in Prevention modules have been standardized.

Additional FEMA NFIRS 5 error checks have been added.

Procedures have been added to move Apparatus UDF times into the new "Enroute" time field, as needed.

Leave and Overtime modules will now error-check for duplicate records during data entry.

A problem with the display of the UDF21 time field in Incidents has been corrected.

A variable typing problem in the Situation Type report has been corrected.

The Permit form printout has been modified and centered on the printed page.


FirePoint Upgrade - December 2004 "12/04"

FirePoint has been revised to meet FEMA's new NFIRS 5 requirements for 2005.

FirePoint has added a new feature called "Mobile Prevention".  This feature allows fire departments to sync fire prevention records over wireless LAN to laptop computers.  FirePoint will now sync fire prevention records on designated laptops allowing for updated preplans as well as the mobile inspection data entry.  Click here to download an Adobe PDF document which describes this new feature in detail.  Right-click here to save the Adobe document to your hard drive.

With the 12/04 release FirePoint provides in-depth fractile analysis of any two response times in Incidents and Apparatus.  It's now possible, for example, to compare Time of Call and Time on the Scene and get accurate response time percentages to a resolution of 15 seconds.  These new reports are ideal for measuring performance against NFPA 1710 and NFPA 1720 standards.  They are also valuable for accreditation measurements.

Two new user-defined time fields have been added to Incidents.  This is in addition to two user-defined time fields which were made available in earlier versions of FirePoint.  All user defined time fields can be used for fractile analysis.

FirePoint's Backup operation has been greatly expanded and improved.  Backups can now be completed on demand.  Built-in diagnostics now test backup settings for accuracy.

Pressing the "Stats" button now allows date selection before statistical charts are calculated. 

Changes has been made to support a new "FirePoint CAD Integrator" application.  The CAD Integrator will provide a feature-rich environment for connecting FirePoint to major CAD systems.  Expect the CAD Integrator to be released in the first quarter of 2005. 

Error fixes...

A format problem with Apparatus UDF time fields has been corrected.

Problems with Street Prefixes and Suffixes has been corrected in Occupancies.

Minor errors in Scheduling, Leave and Overtime were corrected.

A syntax error was corrected in the Quick Report area of some versions.


FirePoint Upgrade - June 2004 "06/04"

A new "Documents" feature has been added.  FirePoint has always stored pictures with Incidents, Projects, Occupancies and Violations.  Now FirePoint Version 7 will also store "documents" with these records.  Documents are double-clickable files.  For example, a sophisticated drawing such as a CAD diagram can be stored with an Occupancy record.  Simply select the name of the document from a scrolling list and it will start the document's application and immediately put it on the screen.  This is a very flexible and robust upgrade feature.

The Projects module entry forms have been modified to add space for Job Number, Building Department and other reference numbers.  Three additional fields have been provided.

Many FirePoint users loose their "Key" diskette.  When it's time to upgrade it's difficult to locate the license key.  Now that problem has been eliminated.  In fact, the most recent release of FirePoint will even allow users to create "Key" diskettes from an initialized FirePoint program.

FirePoint's exporting and importing routines have been optimized for using portable computers for activities such as patient tracking and occupancy inspections.  The FirePoint server will now handle automatic record loading whether or not a client has checked-into the server.

Vehicles can now be associated with Fleet records.

Ordinances will now sort automatically by code.

An error in the "Field Report" generator has been fixed.

Hydrant location description has been increased from 30 to 50 characters.

The Import / Exporter will now support the following delimiters; tab, comma and "^".

The Audit tab (*) in Incidents will now require an administrator password for erasing.

Hazmat Casualty record counts are now accurately handled.


FirePoint Upgrade - December 2003 "12/03"

FEMA's 2004 changes were implemented.

Internal error checking was updated for FEMA's 2004 NFIRS 5 changes.

New NFIRS 5 2004 codes were added / edited.

FirePoint code was reviewed and rewritten to support 4D Server 2003 which is now certified for new Windows operating systems through Windows Server 2003.

Old Win4DX plug-in's which may have been the source of intermittent client connection problems in later Windows operating systems have been replace by native programming.

A new start-up procedure was installed.  This revision provides a new loading sequence compatible with new Windows operating systems.

Additional features were added to FirePoint's programmable CAD interface.

The Command Window's Alerts feature was revised and improved.

A file operation was installed to allow the Fleet ID field to be changed while maintaining all connections to Maintenance and Parts.

A file operation was installed to allow the Equipment ID field to be changed while maintaining all connections to Maintenance and Parts.

Two additional UDF (User Defined Fields) were added to the Apparatus module.  These fields are time fields and can now be defined and used for tracking times not already tracked in the Apparatus module.

The length of the Inspection / Log in the Projects module was increased.


FirePoint Upgrade - August 2003 "08/03"

Inspection violation codes may now be searched

The violations list that appears during inspection entry now provides an search field to quickly locate codes.

Patient fields have been modified to provide more characters

The Patients address field and the EMS incident location fields have been extended to handle more characters.

Call Processing Time now calculates in Apparatus

A new Call Processing Time field has been added to Apparatus. This field will calculate and display the call processing time for each apparatus record.

Various fixes and enhancements were made to FirePoint's CAD interface

A variety of fixes and enhancements were made to QuickCAD and each 3rd party CAD interface.

Inspections now allow updating of station assignment and shift.

In prior versions of FirePoint the inspection record's station assignment and shift fields could not be changed and saved. Now the fields are defaults which can be changed as required.

A step has been removed from the Pay & Points Dialog.

In order to streamline the entry of Pay & Points in Apparatus and Classes an extra "Confirmation" dialog has been removed.

Minor problems were corrected in the Patient Analysis and Field Report Generator.

Problems with totaling in the Patient Analysis report were corrected. In addition, a problem with truncated descriptions in the Field Report Generator was corrected.


FirePoint Upgrade - May 2003 "05/03"

Incidents Zip Code field now allows name of city description.

The Zip Code field in Incidents now allows the city to be entered as a description.

Simply enter the zip code followed by 2 spaces then the city name as a description. City descriptions are optional.

Class records may now be cloned.

A new button has been added to the Classes module. The button allows Class records to be cloned reducing data entry time.

Patients module was modified.

Various changes were made to the Patients module including new edit checks, the ability to deselect ALS or BLS, a new numbering system for the state OH EMS form.

Occupancies records now properly update from Inspections.

An error which prevented occupancy records from being automatically updated from Inspections has been corrected.

CAD interface has been improved.

FirePoint's CAD Interface has been upgraded with new features.


FirePoint Upgrade - March 2003 "03/03"

An audit system has been installed in Patients.

FirePoint has traditionally utilized an audit system to track users opening, editing or saving incident records. When the Administrator signs-on a tab entitled "*" provides access to the audits for each incident record. FirePoint audits feature has now been extended to the Patients module. The Patients module's new audit system works like the Incidents audit system with two additional features. First, the new Patients audit system allows yours to press a button on page 1 to make entries into the system. If, for example, 
a patient record is being printed to satisfy a court order, information about the court order can be entered directly into audits from a button on page 1. Second, the Patient's audit will track the printing of patient records.

A new "Scrub Data" file operation has been added. This procedure can be activated when FirePoint technical support authorizes it to resolve unusual data problems. This is a repair procedure which will not need to be utilized for normal database maintenance.

FirePoint password system has been modified.

FirePoint users with "Read Only", "Add Only" & "Read Add Only" privileges will no longer be able to access File Operations options under the File menu. This provides additional security by excluding lower-level users from exporting and/or importing records.

The FirePoint Journal may now be password protected.

At the Command Window press the Preferences button. You will notice a new checkbox (lower right) to apply Password restrictions to FirePoint's Journal module. To utilize this new feature click in the check-box to activate Journal passwords. Go to the Denials Support File. Add a new Denials record. Select the group name to deny privileges and then select "Journal" from the "S Approved File Names" list. If Journal does not appear on the list press the "Edit" button to add the name "Journal". Make sure you save the list 
after adding this new element.

FirePoint Single-User Quits Faster.

When FirePoint users quit the single-user version of FirePoint there has been a significant delay to organize records. The length of that delay has now been significantly reduced.

QuickCAD now includes streets access.

FirePoint's QuickCAD data entry area has now been interfaced with FirePoint's Streets module. You may now access all the location data in the streets table from QuickCAD as well as from Incidents data entry screens. The District field is no longer required when entering a QuickCAD dispatch.

QuickCAD CAD Interface has been reworked.

Several reliability enhancements have been made to the way FirePoint server loads, displays and adds CAD data to new Incident reports.

Default table sorts are now active in most tables

When most modules are opened they will now be automatically sorted and displayed in a predefined order. This default ordering is applied differently depending on the module. In most cases display is most recent records first.

The Certification Type field has been added to the Certification printout.

The Certification Type field has now been added to Certification printouts. In the past "Roster" Certifications failed to indicate information about the Certification Type in the printout.

"UpgradeTo9" will now operate more quickly.

As part of the upgrade procedure users enter an "UpgradeTo9" password. Now that most users have made the transition to NFIRS 5, it is no longer necessary to reindex NFIRS 5 record keys. For this reason, UpgradeTo9 will now operate much more quickly.

Equipment will now auto number.

The Administrator may now press Maint, Preferences and in the lower left select a new checkbox to have FirePoint auto number new equipment entries.

Shortcut has been added for changing incident numbers.

If you wish to change an incident number go to the Incidents list view. Click once to highlight the incident whose number you wish to change. Press the Shift-C keys (C for Change) and FirePoint will immediately display the Change Incident Number dialog. This new feature saves a great deal of time when you wish to change the incident number of many incidents.

Control Time error when aid given has been corrected.

An inappropriate error message requiring a Control Time when aid is given has been corrected.


FirePoint Upgrade - December 2002 "12/02"

The current version of FirePoint has been modified and tested to FEMA's NFIRS 5 specification in Fall of 2002 as error checking changes as released through the November 2002 version of the Vendor's Test kit.

A new training report has been added.

A new training report has been added to the Classes module. This report will list the people who attended a required activity code. As an option, this report will produce a list of all those who failed to attend a required training activity code. Go to Classes list view, File menu, Print Report to see this new report format.

New NFIRS 5 Export Error Checking & State Fire Marshal Export Options.

When running FirePoint State Fire Marshal error checking or when running the file operation to export incident data to the State Fire Marshal you may now select an option to error-check or export Incidents only. Incident data is required to be sent to the states. However, Apparatus and Patient data files are not required. Some fire departments have found that Apparatus records entered at remote fire stations can frequently fail tough new error checking requirements. So, if desired, optional reporting can now be turned-off in 

Classes check boxes now work OK.

On the Macintosh version of FirePoint the UDF check boxes in the top right corner of the data entry screen would become locked under certain circumstances. The problem has been corrected.

FirePoint connects the public table to EMS.

The use of FirePoint's public table was expanded with the addition of DOB and Sex fields. If you pre-load FirePoint's Public table with citizen information, that information will now become available when you enter information the Patients module.

Address display in inspections has been enhanced.

Under some circumstances the address of an Occupancy would fail to appear in related Inspection records. That problem has been corrected.

FirePoint's QuickCAD Interface has been Upgraded to Capture CAD Transactions at remote stations using dial-up access.

FirePoint has upgraded it's Positron CAD interface to work via dial-up phone line access.

Photographs Stored in FirePoint's Incidents module may now be printed.

FirePoint has allowed photographs to be stored with Incidents. Now stored photographs may be printed directly from FirePoint.

UDF Error checking has been enhanced.

FirePoint has the ability to make user defined fields required, or as an option, FirePoint can cause an alert to prompt a user when a user defined field has been left blank during data entry. In the past these prompting features have worked correctly only when the user was working within one module. It did not work, for example, in Patient UDF's opened through Incidents. That short-coming has been addressed. Now UDF requirement 
warning will work regardless of module access.

Equipment will now auto number.

Equipment has been added to the list of modules with auto numbering. To set this new feature press the Maint button / Preferences button. Check the auto number equipment check box.

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