NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Cause Of Firefighter Injury’

Définition : The action or lack of action that directly resulted in the injury.
Purpose : An analysis of this information may permit an understanding of the condition causing the injury and a means of planning suitable preventive techniques. For example, firefighter injuries resulting from a blow to the head may indicate inadequacies in helmet design.
Entry : Enter the code and a written description for the immediate cause or condition responsible for the injury.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 1
Element Type Coded Field – The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Cause Of Firefighter Injury’ element

Cause Of Firefighter Injury  Code 
Fall 1
Jump 2
Slip/trip 3
Exposure To Hazard 4
Struck or Assaulted By Person/animal/object 5
Contact With Object (firefighter Moved Into/onto) 6
Overexertion/strain 7
Cause Of Injury – Other 0
Undetermined U

Transactions containing ‘Cause Of Firefighter Injury’

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

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Last Updated on April 28, 2023