What does NFIRS compliant mean?

Being NFIRS compliant means that a fire department is following the standards set forth by NFIRS and is accurately reporting incidents according to those standards.
Some key factors that contribute to NFIRS compliance include:

  • Accurate data collection: A fire department must accurately collect data about each incident, including the type of incident, location, date and time, and other relevant information. This data must be consistent with NFIRS guidelines.
  • Proper training: All personnel involved in data collection for NFIRS reporting must receive proper training to ensure accurate and consistent data collection.
  • Regular reporting: A fire department must submit reports on a regular basis as per the NFIRS standards.
  • Use of NFIRS software: The department must use NFIRS-approved software for data collection and submission. The software should be up-to-date and meet the current NFIRS standards.
  • Compliance with NFIRS standards: The department must comply with all NFIRS standards for data collection, submission, and reporting.

By meeting these factors and adhering to the NFIRS standards, a fire department can ensure that it is NFIRS compliant and contributing to the national fire data system. This helps to improve fire safety and prevention efforts across the country.

State by state definition of NFIRS compliance

NFIRS (although it is national) is typically coordinated at the the state (or district) level and state coordinators can help you. Contact your state/territory NFIRS point of contact to determine your local requirements. Some states allow fire departments more leeway than others.

Note: In order to keep compliant some fire departments need to enter a “no activity” report if they have no incidents during their past reporting period.

Last Updated on April 26, 2023