NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Transaction Type (Add, Update, Delete)’

Definition : Indicates a change to information submitted on a previous Basic Module, signifies the deletion of incorrect information, or reports no activity. The officer who signed the original Basic Module report should authorize changes or deletions.
Purpose : These boxes indicate whether previously provided information is to be changed or deleted or to report that no activity occurred during a reporting period.
Entry :
Delete: Check or mark this box when you have previously submitted data on this incident and now want to have the data on this incident deleted from the database. If this box is marked, complete Section A and leave the rest of the report blank. This will delete all data regarding the incident. Forward the report according to your normally established procedures.

Change: Check or mark this box only if you previously submitted this fire incident to your State reporting authority and now want to update or change the information in the State database. Complete Section A and any other sections or blocks that need to be updated or corrected. If you need to blank a field that contains data, you must resubmit the original module containing the newly blanked field along with all the other original information in the module for that incident. This action is required only when sending an updated module to your State reporting authority. Forward the report according to your normally established procedures.

No Activity: If the fire department has had no incidents during the month, a no activity report should be submitted. Unless otherwise specified by the State, this report should be submitted monthly according to your normally established procedures.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Mandatory
Maximum 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. – Maximum length 1 characters- Blank is a valid value

Transaction Type (Add, Update, Delete) CODES

Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Transaction Type (Add, Update, Delete)’ element,

Transaction Type (Add, Update, Delete)  Code 
Add Leave Blank
Change / Update 1
Delete 2
No Activity 3

Relational Edit Rules for ‘Transaction Type (Add, Update, Delete)’

NFIRS defines relational edit rules to ensure data consistency and accuracy in its database. These are the rules for ‘Transaction Type (Add, Update, Delete)’.

Rule Group  Overview 
Relational Edit Rule 1 Transaction Key must be Unique.
Relational Edit Rule 3 Transaction No Duplicates except to Lookup Edits.
Relational Edit Rule 4 Transaction Delete and No Activity require minimal fields.

Transactions containing ‘Transaction Type (Add, Update, Delete)’

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

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Last Updated on May 9, 2023