The National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS) is a modernization and simplification of the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for the United States Fire Administration (USFA).
NFIRS (the National Fire Incident Reporting System) originated in the 1970s and was due an overhaul to respond to modern needs. NERIS is both a modernization and simplification, where less is required of the end firefighter, of NFIRS, plus it includes GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and other modern technology.
Check back here, we’ll be following it’s progress as it rolls out some in 2024, and more in 2025.
NERIS is similar to NFIRS (especially since it captures information about fire incidents, but is demands fewer fields and codes. Further, incident information is taken from Dispatch (CAD) when possible, saving the repeated data entry by firefighters.
NERIS does contain roughly the same modules as NFIRS. Fewer, but the same main ones Fire, EMS, Hazmat.
While the NERIS specification is currently being developed, check out an initial draft of the NERIS specification. At a high level the specification is simplified NFIRS with some significant modernization, plus some GIS additions.