What is NERIS? What is NERIS reporting?

The National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS) is the replacement for the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Fire Departments will eventually stop filing incident reports with NFIRS and start filing incident reports with USFA NERIS. NERIS is a modern equivalent for NFIRS, simplified for ease of reporting, and updated for today’s fire service needs.

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Why is NERIS replacing NFIRS?

NFIRS was created in the 1970s and is showing its age; it hasn’t been updated in eons, and cannot respond to today’s fire services needs. NFIRS cannot respond to emerging hazards such as understanding electrical / battery fires, nor leverage newer technologies like GIS, nor integrate with Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) systems. NERIS builds on NFIRS, leverages modern techniques and integrates with other fire and emergency medical / management systems.

Where can I find more information about NERIS?

We are running a series of posts on USFA NERIS. Also, check out our presentation of the current (beta version, May 2024) of the NERIS specifications to learn about the NERIS modules and NERIS values.


When will NERIS be available?

NERIS is in beta testing and should be rolling out to fire departments in late 2024 and/or 2025. FEMA USFA have stated that volunteer fire departments can remain on NFIRS until they have migrated to NERIS.


Find out more at the FEMA USFA website: