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National Emergency Response Information System Development Status and Timeline

The National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS) platform is being developed through a partnership between the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, and is made possible through a research and development contract awarded through the S&T's Long-Range Broad Agency Announcement program awarded to the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI). FSRI is a part of UL Research Institutes, the nonprofit safety science organization within the UL enterprise.

In collaboration with USFA, DHS S&T, and the American fire service, FSRI initiated development efforts in May 2023, which are initially focused on the creation of an updated core data standard and an initial operating capability (IOC) platform. Over the course of NERIS development, release of the IOC and subsequent versions will be announced as they become available.

Once NERIS is developed and operational, USFA will work to migrate fire and emergency services departments onto the new platform as a replacement for the legacy National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). This migration will occur over several years to support a smooth transition from NFIRS to NERIS.

USFA will provide outreach and education to the community regarding the transition process and timeline. Legacy NFIRS will remain operational throughout the transition process. Fire and emergency services departments will be advised prior to the full decommissioning of the legacy NFIRS system.

Have a question or need more information?

Please email the NERIS Information Desk.