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National Fire Incident Reporting System

The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) is a reporting standard that fire departments use to uniformly report on the full range of their activities, from fire to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to severe weather and natural disasters.

Feb. 22-26, 2021
National Fire Incident Reporting System Week

Join us for a week of webinars on topics that highlight exciting NFIRS modernization upgrades and allow you to ask questions and get feedback from the experts.

NFIRS availability


The eNFIRS data entry tool is available to create or modify incidents directly in the system. Bulk Import and Bulk Export tools are not ready for use. Account management functions are available for state program managers.

Support and documentation
Reference guides, software and design documentation manuals, specification changes, National Fire Academy training courses, NFIRSGrams, and help with coding NFIRS incident reports.
Reporting guidelines
Instructions for state program managers and fire departments on how to report and release NFIRS data.
NFIRS applications, user login and registration
Login access, registration information and user tools for state program managers and fire departments.
Vendor information
New vendor registration, validation tools and software development procedures. Also included are the lists of active and registered vendors.
The benefits of using NFIRS, how it works and the kinds of data collected.

 NFIRS Special Study: COVID-19

The U.S. Fire Administration is using the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) to conduct a national-level special study on fire department responses to COVID-19. The goal of the study is to help fire departments consistently document fire department calls to suspected or confirmed incidents involving COVID-19.

How to participate in the study

fire service personnel responses to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 incidents from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020.

Visit the Special Study dashboard

Facts about NFIRS

NFIRS state fire loss profiles

This page presents a snapshot of fire losses by state reported through NFIRS in 2018. Also included is information about fire departments and firefighter and home fire fatalities in 2020.

West Virginia

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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescue51.2%
Good intent16.7%
Service calls8.7%
False alarms7.7%

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Webinar: Fire Data in a Serious State

Presenter: Sara Wood, NFIRS Program Manager, Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal. Air date: 2016

This presentation focuses on applications of NFIRS and other fire data beyond standards of accreditation, writing reports and grant qualification. The application of data-driven decisions can improve resources, call loads, educational messages and much more. Here’s what you will learn:

  • Easy strategies for improving fire data quality and culture in your department.
  • Available resources for learning and using fire data.
  • Applications of fire data beyond a Standards of Cover or Accreditation.

Watch the webinar

Get help using NFIRS

NFIRS Help Desk

We’re here to answer your questions about NFIRS Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. You can contact us by:

Contact your state program manager

If you have question about NFIRS in your state, please contact your NFIRS state program manager.

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To stay current on national NFIRS news, system alerts and coding bulletins, subscribe to our email list.

Coming soon

NFIRS marketing toolkit

We’re partnering with the International Association of Fire Chiefs to increase NFIRS awareness and participation and to improve data quality. Our NFIRS toolkit will help you to market the benefits of using NFIRS to fire departments, other organizations and communities. Expected release date: April 2021