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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Fire Suppression Factors’

Description: ‘Factors that contributed to the growth, spread, or suppression of the fire.This is used to report incident information that directly impacted the ignition, spread of fire or smoke, incident complexity, or presence of hazardous conditions.’

NFIRS Coding

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

Common Examples of Fire Suppression Factors

More commonly used values for Fire Suppression Factors…

Fire Suppression Factors  Code 
Roof Collapse. 112
Delayed Detection Of Fire. 411
Delayed Reporting Of Fire. 412
Alarm System Malfunction. 413

Groups within ‘Fire Suppression Factors’

All values for Fire Suppression Factors

Building Construction or Design Factors:
  • 100 - Building Construction or Design Factors- Other.
  • 112 - Roof Collapse.
  • 113 - Roof Assembly Combustible.
  • 115 - Solar Panels.
  • 121 - Ceiling Collapse.
  • 125 - Holes or Openings In Walls or Ceilings.
  • 131 - Wall Collapse.
  • 132 - Difficult To Ventilate.
  • 134 - Combustible Interior Finish.
  • 137 - Balloon Construction.
  • 138 - Internal Arrangement Of Partitions.
  • 139 - Internal Arrangement Of Stock or Contents.
  • 141 - Floor Collapse.
  • 151 - Lack Of Fire Barrier Walls or Doors.
  • 153 - Transoms.
  • 161 - Attic Undivided.
  • 166 - Insulation Combustible.
  • 173 - Stairwell Not Enclosed.
  • 174 - Elevator Shaft.
  • 175 - Dumbwaiter.
  • 176 - Ducts: Vertical.
  • 177 - Chute: Rubbish, Garbage, Laundry.
  • 181 - Supports Unprotected.
  • 182 - Composite Plywood I Beam Construction.
  • 183 - Composite Roof/floor Sheathing Construction.
  • 185 - Wood Truss Construction.
  • 186 - Metal Truss Construction.
  • 187 - Fixed Burglar Protection Assemblies (bars, Grills).
  • 188 - Quick Release Failure Of Bars On Windows or Doors.
  • 192 - Previously Damaged By Fire.
Act or Omission:
  • 200 - Act or Omission- Other.
  • 213 - Doors Left Open or Outside Door Unsecured.
  • 214 - Fire Doors Blocked or Did Not Close Properly.
  • 218 - Violation Of Fire, Building or Life Safety Code.
  • 222 - Illegal And Clandestine Drug Operation. Intoxication, Drugs or Alcohol.
  • 253 - Riot or Civil Disturbance, Including Hostile Acts.
  • 254 - Persons Interfered With Operations.
  • 283 - Accelerant Used.
On-site Materials:
  • 300 - On-site Materials- Other.
  • 311 - Aisles Blocked or Improper Width.
  • 312 - Significant/unusual Fuel Load Structure Components.
  • 313 - Significant/unusual Fuel Load From Contents.
  • 314 - Significant/unusual Fuel Load Outside From Natural.
  • 315 - Significant Fuel Load From Man-made Condition.
  • 316 - Storage, Improper.
  • 321 - Radiological Hazard Onsite.
  • 322 - Biological Hazard Onsite.
  • 323 - Cryogenic Hazard Onsite.
  • 324 - Hazardous Chemical, Corrosive Material, or Oxidize.
  • 325 - Flammable/combustible Liquid Hazard.
  • 327 - Explosives Hazard Present.
  • 331 - Decorations, Included Are Crepe Paper, Garland.
  • 341 - Natural or Other Lighter-than-air Gas Present.
  • 342 - Liquefied Petroleum (lpg) Gas Present.
  • 361 - Combustible Storage > 12 Feet.
  • 362 - High Rack Storage.
Delays:
  • 400 - Delays - Other.
  • 411 - Delayed Detection Of Fire.
  • 412 - Delayed Reporting Of Fire.
  • 413 - Alarm System Malfunction.
  • 414 - Alarm System Shut Off For Valid Reason.
  • 415 - Alarm System Inappropriately Shut Off.
  • 421 - Unable To Contact Fire Department.
  • 424 - Information Incomplete or Incorrect.
  • 425 - Communications Problem.
  • 431 - Blocked or Obstructed Roadway.
  • 434 - Poor or No Access For Fire Department Apparatus.
  • 435 - Traffic Delay.
  • 436 - Trouble Finding Location.
  • 437 - Size, Height, or Other Building Characteristic.
  • 438 - Power Lines Down/arcing.
  • 443 - Poor Access For Firefighters.
  • 444 - Secured Area.
  • 445 - Guard Dogs.
  • 446 - Aggressive Animals, Excluding Guard Dogs.
  • 447 - Suppression Delayed Due To Evaluation Of Hazmat.
  • 448 - Locked or Jammed Doors.
  • 451 - Apparatus Failure Before Arrival At Incident.
  • 452 - Hydrants Inoperative.
  • 461 - Airspace Restriction.
  • 462 - Military Activity.
  • 481 - Closest Apparatus Unavailable.
Protective Equipment:
  • 500 - Protective Equipment Factor- Other.
  • 510 - Automatic Fire Suppression System Problem.
  • 520 - Automatic Sprinkler, Standpipe Connection
  • 531 - Water Supply Inadequate: Private.
  • 532 - Water Supply Inadequate: Public.
  • 543 - Electrical Power Outage.
  • 561 - Failure Of Rated Fire Protection Assembly.
  • 562 - Protective Equipment Negated.
Egress/Exit:
  • 600 - Egress/Exit Problem - Other.
  • 611 - Occupancy Load Above Legal Limit.
  • 612 - Evacuation Activity Impeded Fd Access.
  • 613 - Window Type Impeded Egress.
  • 614 - Windowless Wall.
  • 621 - Young Occupants.
  • 622 - Elderly Occupants.
  • 623 - Physically Disabled Occupants.
  • 624 - Mentally Disabled Occupants.
  • 625 - Physically Restrained/confined Occupants. 626 Medically Disabled Occupants.
  • 641 - Special Event.
  • 642 - Public Gathering.
Natural Conditions:
  • 700 - Natural Conditions- Other.
  • 711 - Drought or Low Fuel Moisture.
  • 712 - Humidity, Low.
  • 713 - Humidity, High.
  • 714 - Temperature, Low.
  • 715 - Temperature, High.
  • 721 - Fog.
  • 722 - Flooding.
  • 723 - Ice.
  • 724 - Rain.
  • 725 - Snow.
  • 732 - Wind, Including Hurricanes or Tornadoes.
  • 741 - Earthquake.
  • 760 - Unusual Vegetation Fuel Loading.
  • 771 - Threatened or Endangered Species.
  • 772 - Timber Sale Activity.
  • 773 - Fire Restriction.
  • 774 - Historic Disturbance.
  • 775 - Urban-wildland Interface Area.
  • 000 - Fire Suppression Factor- Other.
  • NNN - None.
  • UUU - Undetermined (Conversion Only).

Transactions containing ‘Fire Suppression Factors’

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

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Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 3
Multiple Choice 0 - 3
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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