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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Aid Given or Received’

Definition: Was any form of aid given to or received from another fire department.

Purpose: Aid information can be used to study response levels necessary to control various fire and emergency situations. It can be used to determine the adequacy of resources at the local level and the need for adjusting cooperative agreements. The Aid Given or Received entry serves as data control to ensure that the same incident is not counted more than once while still giving credit for activity performed by outside departments.

Entry: Aid Received (automatic or mutual): A fire department handles an incident within its jurisdiction with additional manpower or equipment from one or more fire departments outside its jurisdiction. Aid received can be either mutual or automatic aid. Aid Given (automatic or mutual): A fire department responds into another fire department’s jurisdiction to provide assistance at an incident or to cover a vacated station while the receiving fire department is busy at an incident. Aid given can be either mutual or automatic aid.

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Relational Edit Rules for ‘Aid Given or Received’

NFIRS 5.0 relational edit validation rules are provided to ensure NFIRS data is consistent and correct for the fire/reporting concepts that are being modeled. Relational edits determine relationships between multiple fields / elements. These are the rules for ‘Aid Given or Received’.

Rule Group  Overview 
Relational Edit Rule 21 Report from Departments Giving Aid.
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NFIRS Coding

Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Aid Given or Received’ element, including any “other” values in case none of the preselected choices match:

All values for Aid Given or Received

Aid Given or Received  Code 
Mutual Aid Received 1
Automatic Aid Received 2
Mutual Aid Given 3
Automatic Aid Given 4
Other Aid Given 5
None N

Transactions containing ‘Aid Given or Received’

A few NFIRS elements are reused accross a number of transactions, but typically the value is captured by one transaction only.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Mandatory
Expected 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.
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