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National Fire Incident Reporting System

Fighting fires and other emergencies with facts.

NFIRS Help Desk

Responses to online questions submitted to our Help Desk may be delayed. For urgent questions, check out our how-to videos or Coding Help page first or contact your NFIRS State Program Manager.

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Over 22,000 U.S. fire departments are helping their communities reduce the risk from fires and other emergencies by reporting their incident data to NFIRS.

Contact your state’s NFIRS Program Manager to find out how your department can get started with NFIRS today!

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NFIRS Incident Reporting Participation

Incident reports on emergency responses by fire service are being submitted to NFIRS every day from the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial community. The purpose of presenting this information is to increase awareness to the incidents being reported to NFIRS, in order to generate more timely reporting and increased participation. Below are updated total counts of fire departments reporting and incidents submitted to NFIRS for 2023 as of March 5, 2024. The incident totals include all incidents with status as valid, invalid, or no activity and released or unreleased.

For more information, click the reports below to view the summary reporting totals by state. The numbers and reports will be updated each month.

Data available as of March 5, 2024
NFIRS Reporting By YearTotal Fire DepartmentsIncrease from Last MonthTotal IncidentsIncrease from Last Month
2023 Incidents (CY)20,46352826,747,6481,482,392

Modernizing the U.S. Fire Data System:


Understanding the Proposed NERIS Data Framework

On Dec. 14, the U.S. Fire Administrator with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology and UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute will presented a deep dive into the proposed NERIS data framework.

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An Introduction to NERIS

On July 13, the U.S. Fire Administrator, Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate's Senior Science Advisor, Dr. David Alexander, UL's Fire Safety Research Institute Vice President & Executive Director, Dr. Steve Kerber and Philadelphia Fire Commissioner, Adam Thiel hosted the Modernizing the U.S. Fire Data System: An Introduction to NERIS webinar.

The webinar provided a virtual discussion about the vision, purpose and impact of the new NERIS.

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Our latest NFIRSGrams

NFIRSGrams provide coding help to fire department personnel using the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

How to document wildfires

It is important to document wildfires in NFIRS completely and accurately to better understand the impacts they have in our country. Tips on how to code wildfires.

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How to code fire incidents involving lithium-ion batteries

Learn how to code a NFIRS report for a fire incident in a vehicle, structure or equipment where a lithium-ion battery is present and involved.

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NFIRS 5.0 Complete Reference Guide

NFIRS 5.0 Complete Reference Guide

Step-by-step instructions for submitting fire incident information to NFIRS 5.0.

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National Fire Academy training

NFIRS 5.0 Self-Study (Q0494)

This online course introduces you to NFIRS. It provides information about its modules, coding scenarios and data conversion.

Enroll in NFIRS 5.0 Self-Study