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    Our Department is looking into providing photo id's to our members (which it has never done before).

    Question is - do most departments issue photo id's, and if so what kind of system are you using to do so?

    Any information/ feedback on systems that are currently in use would be appreciated!
    Ahwaga Ladder Co# 5 - "We Still Live"

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    Photo ID's for what purpose, to identify them as members or for access purposes to the firehouse?

    We have photo ID's issued to all active certified members. We where considering getting photo ID's that would work with firehouse access control system. Currently we have Key Fobs that let us in the firehouse, and photo ID's that we keep on us in our wallets.
    Last edited by nozzelvfd; 08-31-2006, 07:40 PM.
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    • #3
      Our dept. recently issued photo id's to all members. Our post has just taken the pictures for our own id's as well.
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      • #4
        Our county is issuing photo IDs for all Police, Fire, and EMS personnel in all county departments, from the city down to "Mudpuddle Fire Co." out in the back woods.
        It is one of the biggest messes you ever saw.
        First off, no one could give us a straight answer on which paperwork (fire or EMS) needed to be filled out before the pictures were taken. I work for EMS but am a volunteer fire ... are we getting an ID for each ? If not, which will take presidence over the other ? Who do you ask ? ... your chief has that information ... well he said to ask you.
        Now, 3 months later they are begining to arrive ... a bigger mess. Our EMS got badges for 5 EMTs which identified them as Paramedics and one shift surervisor was labeled as a transport driver. Half of our exterior firefighters were identified as interior, and 4 or 5 fire police were shown to be fire command.
        I guess that the idea was a good one to start, but the bigger the project, the more room there is for foul-ups to occur.

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        • #5
          You may also want to contact Weruj1 for more info on the id system in our neck of the woods. If I didn't mention it earlier, I believe that it is a countywide system.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by scottab96
            Our Department is looking into providing photo id's to our members (which it has never done before).

            Question is - do most departments issue photo id's, and if so what kind of system are you using to do so?

            Any information/ feedback on systems that are currently in use would be appreciated!
            I use Microsoft Publisher to make Photo IDs. Print them out like you would business cards and then laminate them. You can buy the "clip-on" badge laminate stock from most business suppliers (or use ID stock for wallet). You could also buy the same thing from Walmart (cheaper, but not as durable). Just make a template of what you would like your badges to look like. Then take digital photos of your members; import them into the template and then save them as whatever file name you wish. If you would like, I could e-mail you our template to give you some idea on what they look like.
            Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

            Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

            ** "The comments made here are this person's views and possibly that of the organizations to which I am affiliated" **

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            • #7
              ID card

              Another idea:

              My department is purchasing a system very similar to what the states use for driver's licenses. It will be a hard plastic card with information printed on it. We'll be using the "card" as a departmetn ID and possibly for on scene accountibility system purposes. We thought this would be much more effiecent and durable than a laminated paper card (we tried that before), and cost effective in the long run.

              I can't think of what the "printer" is called off the top of my head, but if I think of it I'll repost the information. I think it runs in the price range of $3,000 to $5,000.
              LT/EMT Wright
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              All opinions expressed are solely of my personal opinion and in no way reflect those of my department. This is for those of you who use a large stick to stir excrement.

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              • #8
                We used to use the laminated print out from MS Word. Never lasted and was a pain in the rear-end. We've now purchased a real photo-ID printer & software. It is sooo much better.
                Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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                • #9
                  loxfire16 & nmfire,

                  If you could look into the system and the name of your supplier that would be great.

                  THEFIRENUT,
                  I also started messing around with MS word, but if you could send me a version of what yours looks like that would be great. We are still having the discussions of what information should be included on the ID.....

                  Thanks all!
                  Ahwaga Ladder Co# 5 - "We Still Live"

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                  • #10
                    I work for a full time dept, but all the volunteer depts around us use the same system...called FirePASV. It's both for ID's and accountability. Has a barcode on the card that can be scanned in to the computer for accountablility. Every apparatus has one too, and every assignment. Cards can be printed on scene or other dept's cards can be scanned in on scene. Also, the card lists certifications on the back, and if you cut it open, has all medical info inside.
                    Last edited by ksfireman82; 09-02-2006, 07:52 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by scottab96

                      THEFIRENUT,
                      I also started messing around with MS word, but if you could send me a version of what yours looks like that would be great. We are still having the discussions of what information should be included on the ID.....

                      Thanks all!
                      NO problem, just give me your e-mail address and I will get it to you. As I said before, it is in "MS Publisher" format so you will need that program to read the file.

                      p.s. The big bonus using this system is that it cost about $5 per ID. Including laminate w/clip, paper, and ink.
                      Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

                      Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

                      ** "The comments made here are this person's views and possibly that of the organizations to which I am affiliated" **

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