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  • 12/16/2014
  • Spinner
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I recently bought an iPad and have looking at InciNotes ICS 201/214 & IAP for Apple’s iPad on the app store has anyone on here used this iPad application? I checked it out at Incinotes.com, but would really like to hear from users to see if it is worth purchasing. Thanks Spinner

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14 Comments
  1. ANF Fire Captain
    December 21, 2014 Reply

    Spinner,

    I’ve been using the application for over a year now on Type 3&4 incidents in Region 5 and let me tell you, it’s only gotten better with each update. The documentation process for incidents ranging from a brush fire to a search and rescue with this application are second to none. I love the fact that once the incident has ended you have the ability to send a PDF copy of the documentation to whoever you want. The ability to obtain a spot weather forecast from your tablet is time saving as you no longer have to go through dispatch. I recently IC’d a mudslide and ran the incident with the application; once I cleared I emailed my report to dispatch, that easy. Keeping track of objectives, tactics, resources, and documenting significant events on a 214 all at your fingers reach is awesome. No more misplacing incident documentation because you forgot to attach it all together or being questioned about decisions you made as the IC. Once you finish the incident you can lock it and it automatically becomes a PDF fire until you decide to delete it.
    The most time consuming aspect of the application is preloading your resources and frequencies. Depending on the agency you work for you it also offers you the opportunity to upload custom check lists. Once it’s all in and ready to go all you have to do is drag down and select.
    I strongly recommend the application.

  2. Will
    December 22, 2014 Reply

    Imagine 2am you need to do an Incident Action Plan and it takes you less than 5 minutes for 6 am transition briefing. The power of InciNotes next release. We will be adding an amazing Incident Action Plan Feature. InciNotes™ is Built by Firefighters for Firefighters.

  3. KESNGB
    December 23, 2014 Reply

    Is there an an android version?

  4. Will
    December 24, 2014 Reply

    KESNGB no adroid version and no plan at this time to do one. Email me at will@incinotes.com and I will send you more information.

  5. Will
    December 31, 2014 Reply

    InciNotes™ First of its kind real time Incident Action Plan iPad

    InciNotes™ Version 1.3 Release Notes:

    – Create an IAP directly from inside InciNotes!
    – Create a Medical Plan, including emergency procedures, ambulances, hospitals,
    and more.
    – Download any Spot Weather Forecast into an incident, and attach it directly to
    an IAP.
    – Added additional properties to Resources, Divisions, and just about everything
    else.
    – Easily find a Command Structure role with the redesigned interface.
    – Many, many other changes

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    This will be the last major release of InciNotes to support the original iPad
    (“iPad 1”). Due to the Operating System limitation imposed on this device (iOS
    5.1.1), supporting this device costs substantial development time and
    complexity. Since the majority of users have a newer device that supports at
    least iOS 7, the impact should be limited.

    While we are very sorry about any inconvenience this may cause, we believe that
    the payoff of more features that take advantage of capabilities in newer devices
    is worth it.

    If you are affected by this transition, please note that if you acquire a newer
    device, you WILL NOT be required to purchase another copy of InciNotes.

  6. chris
    January 6, 2015 Reply

    Hey will, how about developing this for android. I know you and some other people love apple. But I don’t, and i’m not the only one. Would really love to have this app on my phone/ tablet.

  7. Will
    January 6, 2015 Reply

    Chris I appreciate your input on the Android version. I am tracking numbers to see if it makes sense. Apple provides us the tools to do some amazing technology. Chris Warner InciNotes Team Developer, can program in operrating systems. When we started this project it took almost to years to creat this Amazing Incdent Management Tool. One of our biggest supporters is the Los Alamos Government. I have a lot of Forest Service user with the Plumas Forest having adopted the use of iPads and InciNotes.

    We are about to go live with a new version I am most proud of the real time Incident Action Plan having been a ICT3 and an ICT3 Sim Evaluator.

    New InciNotes™ Enhancements
    Version 1.3 of InciNotes™ brings powerful new features, including: create an Incident Action Plan (IAP) in real time and distribute it to anyone in seconds, or print it using any AirPrint compatible printer; creating a Medical Plan including emergency procedures, ambulances, hospitals and more; download any Spot Weather Forecast into an incident and attach it directly to an IAP; a redesigned Command Structure interface for documenting the entire Org Chart; and many more.

    This adds to an already list of impressive features, providing comprehensive ICS 201 & ICS 214 documentation tools: Real-Time Weather reports; Spot Weather Forecasts directly from the National Weather Service; Resource Tracking, including logging briefing times, division assignments, and more; Map Sketching overlaid on Apple’s iOS Maps, providing a spatial view of the Incident’s perimeter, division locations, and other points-of-Interest; Custom Checklists to suit any mission or situation; One-Touch Incident Transfers from one iPad to another; and many other exciting features.

    Will

  8. Will
    January 14, 2015 Reply

    InciNotes Version 1.3 Press Release January 12, 2015

    InciNotes™, the breakthrough ICS 201 Incident Documentation System for iPad, has just been taken to the next level of digital incident documentation with the release of version 1.3, now available for purchase. This breakthrough in documentation helps bring the 21st century to Emergency Responders.

    New InciNotes™ Enhancements
    Version 1.3 of InciNotes™ brings powerful new features, including: create an Incident Action Plan (IAP) in real time and distribute it to anyone in seconds, or print it using any AirPrint compatible printer; creating a Medical Plan including emergency procedures, ambulances, hospitals and more; download any Spot Weather Forecast into an incident and attach it directly to an IAP; a redesigned Command Structure interface for documenting the entire Org Chart; and many more.

    This adds to an already list of impressive features, providing comprehensive ICS 201 & ICS 214 documentation tools: Real-Time Weather reports; Spot Weather Forecasts directly from the National Weather Service; Resource Tracking, including logging briefing times, division assignments, and more; Map Sketching overlaid on Apple’s iOS Maps, providing a spatial view of the Incident’s perimeter, division locations, and other points-of-Interest; Custom Checklists to suit any mission or situation; One-Touch Incident Transfers from one iPad to another; and many other exciting features.

    About InciNotes™
    InciNotes™ is the first ICS 201 and Incident Action Plan Incident Documentation System designed specifically for the iPad. Based off a proven ICS documentation procedure, InciNotes™ brings incident documentation technology innovations to
    Emergency Responders who traditionally use paper forms, changing the way Incident Documentation is done.
    The application enhances the decision-making power of the Incident Commander by simplifying the
    documentation process and highlighting important information, allowing the Incident Commander to keep his
    focus on the safety of his or hers incident. InciNotes™ provides the tools to make it easy for the Incident Commander to document his or her Leader’s Intent.

    Here is what Emergency Responders are saying:
    I would like to take this opportunity to share a great iPad application called InciNotes ICS 201 Documentation System. In today’s complex changing emergency service where accountability and safety are at the forefront of an Incident Commander. A tool for accurate and timely way to document an incident is essential. InciNotes has done it with this ICS 201 for the iPad. I use InciNotes, I found it to be easy and simple to use. InciNotes produces a great professional ready to send out ICS 201 report of your incident to whom ever may need the information. I highly recommend InciNotes for any person assigned to manage an incident. It a must have tool for the toolbox. –Polo Rodriguez, Fire Captain & OSC Type 1 Cal Fire

    I used InciNotes today for a regional HAZMAT exercise and it went pretty well. In fact some of the prompts helped us move forward in moving along the planning P. I love your app and feel it could be the ultimate all hazards management tool! –Wesley Delk, Director Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Kentucky

  9. Spinner
    January 17, 2015 Reply

    I finally broke down and bought the InciNotes, I was a little hesitant with the price of 249.99. Now that I have had the application for several weeks, I am impressed with the attention to detail. yesterday I downloaded the update to Version 1.3 and have not been able to stop playing with the app. the ability to create an IAP on the fly is amazing and the way it documents all aspects of your ICS 201 makes the app a complete ICT3 toolkit. If you own an iPad I reccomend purchasing this app. I plan on writing off the iPad and InciNotes off my taxes as I plan to use it to manage incidents.

  10. ANF Fire Captain
    January 20, 2015 Reply

    Great to hear you bought the program Spinner, you will not be disappointed. The newest update is even more amazing then it’s previous. The ability to create an IAP in about 2 minutes is just mind blowing. Not only is it real time but just think of how easy getting the info to incoming resources is going to be. I recently created an IAP for a non-emergency event. I created an IAP detailing my agencies participation in this years Special Olympic Summer Games. Now all modules involved with have the information at a click of a button. I can’t with for the year to pick up so I use it once again on-scene of an incident. I recommend it.

  11. Will
    January 23, 2015 Reply

    Update on InciNotes. Forest Service Region 4 Technology Committe contacted me about testing InciNotes ICS Incdent Documentation System. The two Forest Service Testers are Nathan Shinkle and Chris Deets. Stay tuned as they will be providing feedback, I will update as I get there feedback and thoughts on InciNotes.

  12. FSFF
    January 26, 2015 Reply

    Would have come in REAL handy on the Station IA!

  13. Will
    January 27, 2015 Reply

    FSFF the concept of InciNotes was born out of the ashes of the Station Fire. The Station Fire became a “Political Fire Storm”! Here is the short version of the creation of InciNotes™,

    The concept for InciNotes was conceived by Will Spyrison, a retired Division Chief from the Los
    Angeles River Ranger District, Angeles National Forest with 16 years of experience as a Type 3
    Incident Commander and 13 years as Operations Section Chief Type 2. All of his experience was put to the test when one of the largest fires seen by the US Forest Service in California, the “Station Fire”, consumed 160,571 acres and threatened lives and property in the Angeles National Forest in August of 2009. Will used a handcrafted version of the ICS 201 document to capture an unprecedented level of detail during the Initial Attack of the Incident, proving his Leader’s Intent as a Type 3 IC, and allowing a step-by-step analysis of additional problems or areas of improvement. The document survived a thorough National Fire Review, Government Accountability Investigation, and a Congressional hearing, where the standard-issue 201 would have fallen well short. Having survived the reviews and investigations, and receiving praise for the completeness of his 201, Will began searching for ways to bring Incident Management documentation into the digital age.

    InciNotes was born when Will and Chris Warner, an iOS Developer with years of experience developing applications for public safety officers, began collaborating in early 2011. Through two years of development, InciNotes became THE app for 21st century Incident Commanders, providing an unmatched level of thoroughness and connectedness. Safety and Reference checklists are integrated right into the app, to make sure you never forget anything; Reports are
    generated with a few taps, and can be sent to anyone who needs information quickly, needs to be brought up-to-speed quickly, or briefed remotely; Weather Reports and Spot Forecast Requests make watching the unpredictable elements a breeze; and Resource tracking has never been easier.

  14. Will
    January 28, 2015 Reply

    This morning did tech support to Manny L’Esperance from Los Alamos Government Lab he is using InciNotes™ in All Risk Operations Section Chief Class in Omaha Nebraska to create an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident. InciNotes™ is not only a great incident management tool, its also a great incident command system training tool. Perfect for training tool for Incident Commander Type 3’s.

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