NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Initial Level of Care’

Definition : The certified training level of the first fire department responder(s) to treat the patient.
Purpose : This element aids researchers in identifying trends of pre-hospital care delivered by the fire service. This information may also aid researchers in evaluating the effect of pre-hospital CPR and cardiac care on morbidity (or patient outcomes).
Entry : Check or mark the box that best describes the level of care the first responder was trained to provide as certified by the fire department or State.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
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 ‘Initial Level of Care’ element

1 First responder.
2 EMT-B (Basic).
3 EMT-I (Intermediate).
4 EMT-P (Paramedic).
0 Other health care provider. Includes doctor, nurses, etc.
N No training.

Topic: NFIRS