NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Detector Type’

Définition : Identifies the type of fire detection system that was present in the area of fire origin.
Purpose : Knowing whether or not detectors were present at the fire is useful for evaluating their effectiveness. Their effectiveness can be evaluated if they were present and within their designed range.
Entry : Check or mark the box that indicates the type of detector present in the area of fire origin.

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 ‘Detector Type’ element

Detector Type  Code 
Smoke 1
Heat 2
Combination Smoke And Heat In A Single Unit 3
Sprinkler, Water Flow Detection 4
More Than One Type Present 5
Detector Type – Other 0
Undetermined U

Relational Edit Rules for ‘Detector Type’

NFIRS defines relational edit rules to ensure data consistency and accuracy in its database. These are the rules for ‘Detector Type’.

Rule Group  Overview 
Relational Edit Rule 74 relational edit rule 74.

Transactions containing ‘Detector Type’

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

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Last Updated on April 28, 2023