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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Detector Effectiveness’

Definition: The effectiveness of the fire detection equipment in alerting occupants.

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Relational Edit Rules for ‘Detector Effectiveness’

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 ‘Detector Effectiveness’.

Rule Group  Overview 
Relational Edit Rule 75 If the detector operated, did it alert occupants?.
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NFIRS Coding

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

All values for Detector Effectiveness

Detector Effectiveness  Code 
Detector Alerted Occupants, Occupants Responded 1
Detector Alerted Occupants, Occupants Failed To Respond 2
There Were No Occupants 3
Detector Failed To Alert Occupants 4
Undetermined U

Transactions containing ‘Detector Effectiveness’

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 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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