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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Apparatus Actions Taken’

Definition: The duties performed at the incident scene by the apparatus or resource personnel.

Purpose: This data element, together with Incident Type on the Basic Module (Section C), enables a fire department to document the breadth of activities and the resources required by the responding fire department to effectively handle the range of emergency situations. This information also provides some indication on the specific types of service required of the fire department.

Entry: Enter the two-digit code(s) for up to four actions taken by the specific piece of apparatus or resource at the scene of the incident. Always report the most significant actions taken before less significant actions taken. Specific actions may include extinguishing fires, forcible entry, providing first aid, identifying and analyzing hazardous materials, and transporting the injured.The action may involve simply standing by at an incident for possible service. Be as specific as possible in stating the actions taken.

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NFIRS Coding

Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Apparatus Actions Taken’ element, including any “other” values in case none of the preselected choices match:

Common Examples of Apparatus Actions Taken

More commonly used values for Apparatus Actions Taken…

Apparatus Actions Taken  Code 
Extinguishment by Fire Service Personnel 11
Contain Fire - Wildland 14
Incident Command 81
Investigate 86
Provide Basic Life Support - BLS 32
Cancelled En Route 93
Action Taken - Other 00

Groups within ‘Apparatus Actions Taken’

All values for Apparatus Actions Taken

Fire Control or Extinguishment
  • 10 - Fire Control or Extinguishment - Other
  • 11 - Extinguishment by Fire Service Personnel
  • 12 - Salvage & Overhaul
  • 13 - Establish Fire Lines - Wildland note: Includes clearing firebreaks using direct, indirect, and burnout tactics as appropriate.
  • 14 - Contain Fire - Wildland note: Includes taking suppression action that can reasonably be expected to check the fire spread under prevailing and predicted conditions.
  • 15 - Confine Fire - Wildland note: Includes when fire crews or resources stop the forward progress of a fire but have not put in all control lines.
  • 16 - Control Fire - Wildland
  • 17 - Manage Prescribed Fire - Wildland
Search & Rescue
  • 20 - Search & Rescue - Other
  • 21 - Search for lost or missing person note: Includes animals.
  • 22 - Rescue, Remove From Harm note: Excludes Vehicle Extrication (23).
  • 23 - Extricate, Disentangle - Extrication or disentangling of a person. note: Excludes Body Recovery (24).
  • 24 - Recover Body - Recover body or body parts.
EMS & Transport
  • 30 - Emergency Medical Services - Other
  • 31 - Provide First Aid & Check For Injuries note: Medical evaluation of patient.
  • 32 - Provide Basic Life Support - BLS
  • 33 - Provide Advanced Life Support - ALS
  • 34 - Transport Person
Hazardous Condition
  • 40 - Hazardous Condition - Other
  • 41 - Identify, Analyze Hazardous Materials
  • 42 - Hazmat Detection, Monitoring, Sampling & Analysis
  • 43 - Hazardous Materials Spill Control & Confinement
  • 44 - Hazardous Materials Leak Control & Containment
  • 45 - Remove Hazard
  • 46 - Decontaminate Persons or Equipment
  • 47 - Decontaminate Occupancy or Area
  • 48 - Remove Hazardous Materials
Fires, Rescues & Hazardous Conditions
  • 50 - Fires, Rescues & Hazardous Conditions - Other
  • 51 - Ventilate
  • 52 - Forcible Entry
  • 53 - Evacuate Area
  • 54 - Determine If Materials Are Non-hazardous
  • 55 - Establish Safe Area
  • 56 - Provide Air Supply
  • 57 - Provide Light or Electrical Power
  • 58 - Operate Apparatus or Vehicle
Systems & Services
  • 60 - Systems And Services - Other
  • 61 - Restore Municipal Services
  • 62 - Restore Sprinkler or Fire Protection System
  • 63 - Restore Fire Alarm System
  • 64 - Shut Down System
  • 65 - Secure Property
  • 66 - Remove Water
Assistance
  • 70 - Assistance - Other
  • 71 - Assist Physically Disabled
  • 72 - Assist Animal
  • 73 - Provide Manpower
  • 74 - Provide Apparatus
  • 75 - Provide Equipment
  • 76 - Provide Water
  • 77 - Control Crowd
  • 78 - Control Traffic
  • 79 - Assess Severe Weather or Natural Disaster Damage
Information, Investigation & Enforcement
  • 80 - Information, Investigation & Enforcement - Other
  • 81 - Incident Command
  • 82 - Notify Other Agencies.
  • 83 - Provide Information To Public or Media
  • 84 - Refer To Proper Authority
  • 85 - Enforce Codes
  • 86 - Investigate
  • 87 - Investigate Fire Out On Arrival
Fill-in, Standby
  • 90 - Fill-in, Standby - Other
  • 91 - Fill-in or Moveup
  • 92 - Standby
  • 93 - Cancelled En Route
  • 00 - Action Taken - Other
  • 931 - Cancelled On Scene
  • 932 - Cancelled Before Leaving Station
  • UU - Undetermined (Conversion Only)

Transactions containing ‘Apparatus Actions Taken’

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 Optional
Expected Length 2
Multiple Choice 0 - 4
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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