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National Fire Incident Reporting System reporting guidelines

State guidelines

States should submit National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) on a quarterly basis but monthly submission of data is encouraged.

Reporting NFIRS data to USFA consists of two steps:

  1. Submitting data to USFA.
  2. Releasing the data into the public domain.

You may release your state’s data by:

Quarterly data submission and release dates

First quarterApril 1
Second quarterJuly 1
Third quarterOctober 1
Fourth quarterJanuary 1

Annual data submission deadline

The annual data submission deadline is July 1. States may revise, correct and resubmit data to USFA for the previous calendar data year until that date. After July 1, we will compile and release into the public domain the annual national NFIRS database for the previous calendar year.


Fire department guidelines

USFA recommends that fire departments submit their data to state NFIRS program offices at monthly intervals. If no runs were made during the month, submit a report of "no activity" to your state for the reporting period.