Download fire data and data analysis tools

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) uses the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and data from a variety of sources to provide information and analyses on the status and scope of the fire problem in the United States. We provide the data below free of charge. We also offer free tools that you can use for your own analysis.

Order the NFIRS public data release on CD or DVD

Each year the USFA compiles publicly-released incidents, collected by states during the previous calendar year, into a public database that we make available to you free of charge. Data available includes:

To order the PDR for a specific year(s), please contact Kathleen Carter.

About the public data release (PDR)

This database is for researchers and fire data analysts. You should have considerable experience with fire data analysis and NFIRS data to properly use the PDR. Using raw NFIRS data as a count of fires and associated deaths, injuries and dollar loss is NOT a proper use of the PDR.

What you need to know about NFIRS before ordering

Download select data sets

Residential and nonresidential building fire and fire loss estimates by property use and cause (2003-2015) XLSX 124 KB
Worksheets presenting basic data on the size and status of the residential and nonresidential building fire problem in the United States. The National Estimates Methodology for Building Fires and Losses PDF 264 KB describes the methodologies used in analyzing the data in this spreadsheet.

Fire loss in the United States (2006-2015) XLSX 67 KB
Eleven worksheets presenting a wide variety of statistics on overall fires and fire losses, fires and fire losses by property type, and fire causes by property type. Fire in the United States (19th Edition) PDF 4.4 MB describes the methodologies used in analyzing the data in this spreadsheet.

Fire loss in the United States (2005-2014) XLSX 48 KB
Eleven worksheets presenting a wide variety of statistics on overall fires and fire losses, fires and fire losses by property type, and fire causes by property type. Fire in the United States (18th Edition) PDF 4.5 MB describes the methodologies used in analyzing the data in this spreadsheet.

Fire loss in the United States (2004-2013) XLSX 47 KB
Eleven worksheets presenting a wide variety of statistics on overall fires and fire losses, fires and fire losses by property type, and fire causes by property type. Fire in the United States (17th Edition) PDF 3 MB describes the methodologies used in analyzing the data in this spreadsheet.

Fire death and injury rates (2006-2015) XLSX 84 KB
Nine worksheets presenting statistics for U.S. states and various population groups on fire death/injury rates and relative risk of dying in a fire. Fire in the United States (17th Edition) PDF 3 MB describes the methodologies used in analyzing the data in this spreadsheet.

Fire loss in the United States (2000-2011) XLSX 36 KB
Eleven worksheets presenting a wide variety of statistics on overall fires and fire losses, fires and fire losses by property type, and fire causes by property type. The Data Sources and Methodology Documentation PDF 576 KB describes the methodologies used in analyzing the data in this spreadsheet.

Firefighter fatalities
Download firefighter fatality data collected by the U.S. Fire Administration from 2000 to the present.

Download data analysis tools

Guidelines to use when analyzing NFIRS 5.0 data

“National Fire Incident Reporting System Version 5.0 Fire Data Analysis Guidelines and Issues” PDF 915 KB discusses analytic considerations and methods of analyzing fire incident data using NFIRS Version 5.0. The topics include the NFIRS 5.0 data structure, general quality assurance issues, and definitions and parameters of common fire analyses (e.g., residential structure fires or fires by a specific cause).

Techniques for turning data into useful information

Collecting data is a legal requirement for documenting incidents; however, incident reports provide a more beneficial service to fire departments by providing insight into the nature of fires and injuries.

The “Fire Data Analysis Handbook” PDF 1.1 MB describes statistical techniques to turn data into information that fire departments can use to gain insights into fire problems, improve resource allocation for combatting fires, and identify training needs. The techniques range from simple to complex. Described are how to:

These are all techniques which can tell fire departments more about the nature of fires and injuries.

Information for analyzing NFIRS 4.1 historical data

The files below contain instructional information useful in the analysis of NFIRS 4.1 historical data. The U.S. Fire Administration stopped accepting NFIRS 4.1 data on January 1, 2010.