The following instructions are provided to help you get started using the FIRMON database. Steps marked Optional may be completed at a later time and are not required prior to data entry. Most of these instructions are related to the initial setup of FIREMON. For example, once you have entered species and item codes you will not need to enter them again, however you may need to add additional codes as new species and items are encountered. The FIREMON Database Users Manual and individual FIREMON methods documents provide supplemental information.