Emergency Reporting’s Occupancy Module is a useful tool for managing valuable data for buildings and other structures in your agency’s coverage area. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of this module’s uses and benefits as well as new and improved features you can look forward to in the coming weeks.
Many ER customers use the Occupancy Module to increase the tracking and efficiency of annual fire inspections, plan reviews, code enforcement, and pre-incident fire planning. This module also aids in the development of a Community Risk Reduction (CRR) plan and CPSE accreditation by allowing your department to develop a detailed database of fire hydrants, occupancies, fire protection systems, hazards, assessed values, and more.
If any of your neighboring agencies also use Emergency Reporting fire software, you can both take advantage of the “Agency Friends” feature within the Occupancy Module. This feature allows users in the same state to share and receive specific information and resources between departments. For instance, if a neighboring department has a successful and established inspection program, you can request access to their forms and use them as a template to create your own. This prevents your agency from spending time creating a report from scratch and is a great way to share work without duplication of effort.
The Occupancy Module has recently been undergoing some changes that will include an updated look and new features. At the beginning of October, we began the overhaul with some updates that changed the look and feel of the module and added some options to the settings area, allowing you to manage individual settings more easily. We also added a color picker for Occupancy Action Codes. To see a more detailed overview of changes that have already been implemented, please view our blog post “What’s New at ER – October 2019: Occupancy Module Updates, Educational Webinars, and More. ”
This latest release is scheduled for mid-November and includes additional updates that will improve the look and feel of the module, as well as add some new features that will make using the Occupancy Module easier than ever before.
The November release includes:
- Main Grid View:
In the main grid view, the search has moved to its own dialog box. This includes both the basic and advanced searches. By removing this from the top of the columns we have provided more space on the screen to view grid objects.
- Advanced Search:
The new advanced “search now” feature includes the ability to search by Agency Permit ID.
- New Workflows:
With this update, permit page #4 has been given a new workflow. Within this workflow, “authorize now” comes before “print or send copy of report.” Please note that you are still able to print or send copy of report without authorizing. To authorize a permit, you will no longer need to enter a password because the system records your user ID.
Once you authorize, you will get a message confirming that action. You are also able to unauthorize from this screen.
After these new improvements have been activated in your system, you should see a “New Permits” banner displayed, letting all users know about the new changes.