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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Incident (Alarm) Date’

Definition: The date the initial incident occurs, which is only different from the incident date/time if this is an exposure on the initial fire, and the exposure occurs on a subsequent day.

Purpose: In conjunction with other required Section A fields, this element uniquely identifies each incident.

Entry: The Incident Date is the same as the Alarm date (Block E1), except if the incident is an exposure and the exposure occurs on a subsequent day.

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Relational Edit Rules for ‘Incident (Alarm) Date’

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 ‘Incident (Alarm) Date’.

Rule Group  Overview 
Relational Edit Rule 22 Arrival after Alarmed.
Relational Edit Rule 23 Controlled after Alarmed.
Relational Edit Rule 24 Alarmed before Cleared.
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Transactions containing ‘Incident (Alarm) Date’

‘Incident (Alarm) Date’ is a key element, so it is in pretty much all transactions.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Mandatory
Expected Length 8
Element Type Numeric - Integer numbers (no decimal points). If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted. All integer values are assumed to be positive. Any fields which allow a negative integer value have been denoted with ‘+ or –’ in the comment field. Negative numbers should be transmitted with the minus sign preceding the digits. - - Date only
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