NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Location at Time of Incident’

Definition : The location of the casualty in relationship to the area of fire origin at the time the fire started.
Purpose : This element provides specific information on how the injury occurred. This can be helpful in directing public education efforts and injury prevention.
Entry : Check or mark the box that best describes the location of the casualty in relation to the area of fire origin and whether the casualty was involved with the ignition at the time the fire started.

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 ‘Location at Time of Incident’ element

Location at Time of Incident  Code 
In Area Of Origin And Not Involved In Starting The Fire 1
Not In Area And Not Involved In Starting The Fire 2
Not In Area Of Origin, But Involved In Starting The Fire 3
In Area Of Ignition And Involved In Starting The Fire 4
Other Location 0
Undetermined U

Transactions containing ‘Location at Time of Incident’

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

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Last Updated on May 3, 2023