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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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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
Extinguishment by Fire Service Personnel
Contain Fire - Wildland
Provide Basic Life Support - BLS
Cancelled En Route
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’
NFIRS elements are reused accross a number of transactions, but typically the value is captured by one transaction only. Element Specification
0 - 4
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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