NFIRS 5.0 modules gather collections of elements into transactions by discipline. This allows NFIRS to process the wide variety of incident types that fire departments respond to. Fire, Medical, Hazmat, Rescue, and many more. An EMS Patient module, for example, contains information on the EMS Patient. An EMS incident would be recorded using the ‘basic module’ (which represents an incident; times/locations etc.) plus one or more ‘EMS Patient modules’. All incidents require the ‘basic module’.
NFIRS 5.0 modules (containing transactions which contain elements) are the high level building blocks of the NFIRS records. They also were (historically) the paper forms that were used before electronic transmission.
NFIRS Version 5.0 consists of 11 modules. The following is a brief description of each module.
  • The Basic Module (NFIRS–1) captures general information on every incident (or emergency call) to which the department responds. It is to be completed for every incident, with additional modules used as appropriate to describe the incident.
  • The Fire Module (NFIRS–2) is used to describe each fire incident to which the department responds. For wildland fire incidents, the Wildland Module can be used instead of the Fire Module if that option is available by your State reporting authority.
  • The Structure Fire Module (NFIRS–3) is used to describe each structure fire to which the department responds. This module is used in conjunction with the Fire Module.
  • The Civilian Fire Casualty Module (NFIRS–4) is used to report injuries or deaths to civilians or other emergency personnel (e.g., police officers, non-fire department/EMS personnel) that are related to a fire incident. This module is used in conjunction with the Fire Module and, if applicable, the Structure Fire Module. Non-fire-related injuries or deaths to civilians can be reported on the EMS Module.
  • The Fire Service Casualty Module (NFIRS–5) is used to report injuries and deaths of firefighters. The module can also be used to report the exposure of a firefighter to chemicals or biological agents at an incident where that exposure does not result in any symptoms at that time but that manifest themselves at a later date. This module may be used with any of the other modules.
  • The Emergency Medical Service – Patient Module (NFIRS–6) is completed by fire departments that provide emergency medical services. The module is used to report all medical incidents where the department provided the primary patient care. This includes incidents where there were civilian fire-related casualties and a Civilian Fire Casualty Module was completed and where there were firefighter fire-related casualties and a Fire Service Casualty Module was completed. (This module does not serve as a patient care record, but it can be used in conjunction with the local requirements for patient care.)
  • The Hazardous Materials Module (NFIRS–7) is completed to report spills or releases of 55 gallons or more of hazardous materials or when special HazMat actions were taken. As appropriate, the module is used in conjunction with the Fire Module or other modules to provide detailed information about incidents involving hazardous materials.
  • The Wildland Fire Module (NFIRS–8) is completed to report incidents that involve wildland or vegetation fires. The module is used in lieu of the Fire Module for wildland fire incidents.
  • The Apparatus (or Resources) Module (NFIRS–9), a department-use module, is completed to report data specific to each piece of apparatus that responds to an incident. It includes information that can be used to calculate response time and time out of service. This module is not used if the Personnel Module is used.
  • The Personnel Module NFIRS–10), a department-use module, is completed to report the same information as on the Apparatus or Resources Module, but it also provides for tracking the personnel associated with that apparatus.
  • The Arson (NFIRS–11) is completed to report additional information on fires that have been coded by the department as “intentionally set.”
  • In addition to the 11 modules, a Supplemental Form (NFIRS–1S) can be used to report information on additional persons and entities involved in the incident and to collect additional special studies fields. This paper-only form extends the amount of information collected in the Basic Module.
  • In addition to these standard modules, we can also consider a Fire Department module which contains Fire Department Transactions records provided for the transmission of specific fire department information.

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Last Updated on May 11, 2023