NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Age’

Definition : The fire service casualty’s age in years. or The casualty’s age in years or, if the casualty is an infant, the age in months.
Purpose 1 : The age of the casualty provides a critical piece of demographic information on fire losses and allows further analysis of population groups at high risk from fires. This information is important for prevention efforts and allows NFIRS fire casualty data to be combined with other fire mortality or demographic databases.
Purpose 2 : The age of the fire service casualty provides an indication of fire loss. Age can also be used to indicate type, severity, and cause of injury to identify trends and patterns that might be helpful in preventing future firefighter injuries and deaths.
Entry : Enter the age of the casualty or the age of the firefighter. Estimate the age if it cannot be determined. If the age is calculated in months, check or mark the Months (for Infants) box.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Mandatory
Maximum Length 3
Element Type Numeric – Integer numbers (no decimal points). If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted. All integer values are assumed to be positive. Any fields which allow a negative integer value have been denoted with ‘+ or –’ in the comment field. Negative numbers should be transmitted with the minus sign preceding the digits. – Maximum length 3 characters- Age (years, excluding months)

Transactions containing ‘Age’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on April 27, 2023