When a house fire occurs and the fire department arrives on the scene, a fire incident report must be completed. This report needs to be filed in accordance with the national reporting system used by U.S. fire departments to report fires and other incidents to which they respond. This system ensures that records are maintained of all incidents that fire departments across the country respond to in a consistent way.
The system for filing a fire incident report is through the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – better known as FEMA.
The NFIRS is the world’s largest national annual database of fire incident information, with a database of 75% of all reported fires that happen each year.
All U.S. states and the District of Columbia reports data to the NFIRS. Nationally, about 23,000 fire departments report data to the NFIRS every year. This represents approximately 23,000 fire departments. These participating fire departments report about 22,000,000 incidents and 1,000,0000 fires annually. The NFIRS requests that states report data quarterly, but encourages monthly data submission.
A well-written fire incident report will include these items:
As a homeowner whose property has been damaged in a fire, you have the right to request a copy of the fire incident report. You can contact us for help regarding your fire incident report.