Yes. As part of our commitment to supporting firefighting authorities, the USBDC is able to establish new user roles in BATS, including one for non-law enforcement (non-LE) public safety fire investigators.
Non-LE BATS users will have limited access to BATS to document incidents and activities, and be able to query all of their own data, as well as other non-LE user incident data. The non-LE users will also have access to the non-LE sensitive posted advisories and investigative resources. This will allow agencies to use BATS for case management, data collection and analysis, incident reporting and activity tracking. Non-LE users will also have access to the non-LE sensitive posted advisories and investigative resources.
Non-LE public safety agencies still have the option of partnering with a law enforcement agency for full access to BATS. Non-LE public safety agencies also have the option of contacting their state Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) point of contact to apply for an Originating Agency Identifier (ORI). By obtaining an ORI from CJIS, an agency will maintain their own account and gain full access to the national database.
The USBDC can provide information on applying for an ORI number from your state CJIS point of contact. Please note that ATF and the USBDC are not involved in the actual ORI application.