NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Person Responsible For Fire’

Definition : The identification of whether a person (known or unknown) was responsible for the fire (either by carelessness or intent).
Purpose : This information can be used with other demographic information to identify and target fire prevention education or enforcement programs for specific audiences.
Entry : Check or mark the box that best describes the involvement of a person in causing the fire. If the person responsible for causing the fire is known, identifying information about the person can be entered in Block K1 of the Basic Module or the Supplemental Form (NFIRS–1S).
If a person was identified as having caused the fire, complete Blocks L2–L4.

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 ‘Person Responsible For Fire ’element’

Person Responsible For Fire  Code 
Identified Person Caused Fire 1
Unknown Person Caused Fire 2
Fire Not Caused By Person 3

Transactions containing ‘Person Responsible For Fire’

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

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Last Updated on May 5, 2023