This documentation assists users in reporting National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) 5.0 data and serves as a reference for vendors and third-party custom integrators developing software to meet the NFIRS 5.0 specification.
Complete Reference Guide
The NFIRS 5.0 Complete Reference Guide PDF provides step-by-step instructions for submitting fire incident information to NFIRS 5.0. Previous versions of this guide are out of date and should not be used.
Specification Release 2015.1 provides guidance to software vendors, as well as local and state fire agencies on the specifications necessary to develop NFIRS 5.0.
This document contains a log of all changes to the NFIRS specification dating back to 1998.
These tables contain excerpts from the NFIRS 5.0 design documentation tables in Excel spreadsheet format to help with new software development. Included in this download are the data dictionary (codes and descriptors), chemicals table, wildland federal agency codes, edit requirements, relational edits, security levels, incident flat file transfer format, and incident module rules.
This file includes the following forms: Basic, Supplemental, Fire, Structure Fire, Civilian Fire Casualty, Fire Service Casualty, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, Wildland Fire, Apparatus or Resources, Personnel, Arson, and Juvenile Firesetter. These forms may be used as a basis for state or local forms.
The Structure Fire Cause Matrix helps NFIRS users assign fire incidents to the correct structure fire cause categories. It includes the three-level structure fire cause hierarchy and definitions for mid-level cause groupings.
An updated version of the 2003 cause hierarchy for structure fires. The revised schema provides three levels of cause descriptions: a set of more detailed causes (priority cause description), a set of mid-level causes (cause description), and a set of high-level causes (general cause description).
This matrix was replaced with Structure Fire Cause Matrix (above) in 2008.
More information on the Structure Fire Cause Matrix can be found in the publication National Fire Incident Reporting System Version 5.0 Fire Data Analysis Guidelines and Issues PDF.
Entity Relationship Diagram
The Entity Relationship Diagram helps third party integrators to develop a local database in accordance with the NFIRS 5.0 specification and users to run queries against a copy of their NFIRS local database.
Follow these steps to review the tables, entities and attribute relationships that constitute the NFIRS 5.0 national and local database structure.
- Download the file named
NFIRS_ERD_2005.zipand save it to the hard drive (desktop or other location).
- Unzip the file specifying: Use Folder Names.
- To view the ERD, locate and open the folder named
- Locate and open the file named
- Use the navigation bar at the top of
NFIRS_ERD_2005.htmlto navigate to information by section.
Client software documentation
This documentation with assist you with the download, installation and operation of NFIRS client software.
A guide for the entry, maintenance, and validation of incidents as well as detailed explanation and steps on how to use each tool.
A guide for system administrators on how to set up and maintain groups and users. A Rapid Start-Up Guide is included.
Instructions for setting up user options and local database access.