NFIRS 5.0 - NFIRS Codes Cheat Sheet - Coding - Examples - Elements - Validation

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NFIRS data grouped into modules (which match traditional old paper forms) split into transactions (separate lines) that contain blocks (groups) of elements (data fields.) Here are the NFIRS modules and their contents.

Basic Module:

Transactions in the Basic Module:

Basic Incident Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Basic Incident’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
C Incident Type
B Address recorded on Wildland Module (Form)
D Aid Given or Received
E1 Alarm Date TimeArrival Date TimeIncident Controlled Date TimeLast Unit Cleared Date Time
E2 ShiftAlarmsDistrict
F Actions Taken
G1 Resource Module (Form) Used.Suppression ApparatusEMS ApparatusOther ApparatusSuppression PersonnelEMS PersonnelOther PersonnelResources Include Mutual Aid
G2 Property LossContents LossProperty ValueContents Value
H1 Fire Service DeathsOther DeathsFire Service InjuriesOther Injuries
H2 Detector Alerted Occupants
H3 Hazardous Material Released
I Mixed Use
J Property Use

Incident Address Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Incident Address’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
B Census TractLocation TypeNumber or MilepostStreet PrefixStreet or Highway NameStreet TypeStreet SuffixApartment NumberCityStateZipCross Street, Directions or National Grid

Aid Given Received Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Aid Given Received’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
D Fire Department ID - Receiving AidFire Department State - Receiving AidIncident Number (Identifier) - Receiving Aid

Officer In Charge Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Officer In Charge’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
M Authority In Charge Personnel IDAuthority In Charge First NameAuthority In Charge Middle Initial NameAuthority In Charge Last NameAuthority In Charge RankAuthority In Charge AssignmentAuthority In Charge Date

Member Making Report Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Member Making Report’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
M Authority Reporting Personnel IDAuthority Reporting First NameAuthority Reporting Middle Initial NameAuthority Reporting Last NameAuthority Reporting RankAuthority Reporting AssignmentAuthority Reporting Date

Incident Remarks Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Incident Remarks’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
L1 Remarks

Special Study Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Special Study’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
E3 Special Study Sequence NumberSpecial Study Identification NumberSpecial Study Code

Fire Module:

Transactions in the Fire Module:

Fire Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Fire’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
B1 Number Of Residential UnitsNot Residential
B2 Number Of Buildings Involved
B3 Acres Burned (Outside Fires only)Less than one Acre
C On Site MaterialsMaterials Storage Use
D1 Area of Origin
D2 Heat Source
D3 Item First Ignited
D3a Confined to Origin
D4 Type of Material
E1 Cause of Ignition
E2 Contributed to Ignition Factors
E3 Human FactorsAge of PersonSex of Person
F1 Equipment Involved
H1 Mobile Property Involved
G Fire Suppression Factors

Fire - File attached Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Fire - File attached’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)

Fire Mobile Property Involved Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Fire Mobile Property Involved’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
H2 Mobile Property TypeMobile Property MakeMobile Property ModelMobile Property YearMobile Property License PlateMobile Property StateMobile Property VIN Number

Fire - Equipment Involved Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Fire - Equipment Involved’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
F1 Equipment BrandEquipment ModelEquipment Serial NumberEquipment Year
F2 Equipment Power Source
F3 Equipment Portability

Structure Fire Module:

Transactions in the Structure Fire Module:

Structure Fire Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Structure Fire’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
I1 Structure Type
I2 Building Status
I3 Building Height: Stories Above GradeBuilding Height: Stories Below Grade
I4 Building LengthBuilding WidthTotal Square Feet
J1 Fire Origin (Story #)
J2 Fire Spread
J3 Number of Stories with Damage: MinorNumber of Stories with Damage: SignificantNumber of Stories with Damage: HeavyNumber of Stories with Damage: Extreme
K No Flame Spread/Same As First/Unknown
K1 Item Contributing To Spread
K2 Type Of Material Contributing To Spread
L1 Detector Presence
L2 Detector Type
L3 Detector Power
L4 Detector Operation
L5 Detector Effectiveness
L6 Detector Failure Reason
M1 Automatic Extinguishment System (AES) Presence
M2 Automatic Extinguishment System (AES) Type
M3 Automatic Extinguishment System (AES) Operation
M4 Number of Sprinklers Operating
M5 Automatic Extinguishment System (AES) Failure Reason

Civilian Fire Casualty Module:

Transactions in the Civilian Fire Casualty Module:

Civilian Fire Casualty Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Civilian Fire Casualty’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
C Civilian Fire Casualty Sequence Number
B First NameMiddle Initial NameLast NameName SuffixGender
D Person Age
E1 Race
E2 Ethnicity
F Affiliation
G Injury Date Time
H Severity
I Cause of Injury
J Human Factors
K Contributing Factors
L Activity when Injured
M1 Location at Time of Incident
M2 General Location at Time of Incident
M3 Story at Start of Incident
M4 Story when Injury Occurred
M5 Specific Location at Time of Incident
N Primary Apparent Symptom
O Primary Part Of Body Injured
P Disposition

Fire Service Casualty Module:

Transactions in the Fire Service Casualty Module:

Fire Service Casualty Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Fire Service Casualty’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
C Fire Service Casualty Sequence Number
B Firefighter IdentifierFirst NameMiddle Initial NameLast NameName SuffixGenderFire Service Affiliation
D Age
E Injury Date Time
F Responses
G1 Usual Assignment
G2 Physical Condition
G3 Severity
G4 Taken To
G5 Activity At Time Of Injury
H1 Primary Apparent Symptom
H2 Primary Part Of Body Injured
I1 Cause Of Firefighter Injury
I2 Factor Contributing To Injury
I3 Object Involved In Injury
J1 Where Injury Occurred
J2 Injury Relation To StructureStory Where Injury Occurred
J3 Specific Location Where Injury Occurred
J4 Vehicle Type
K1 Protective Equipment Contributed To Injury

Fire Service Casualty - Equipment Failure Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Fire Service Casualty - Equipment Failure’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
K1 Fire Service Casualty Sequence NumberProtective Equipment Sequence Number
K2 Protective Equipment Item
K3 Protective Equipment Problem
K4 Equipment ManufacturerEquipment ModelEquipment Serial Number

Emergency Medical Service - Patient Module:

Transactions in the Emergency Medical Service - Patient Module:

EMS Patient Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘EMS Patient’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)

Hazardous Materials Module:

Transactions in the Hazardous Materials Module:

Wildland Fire Module:

Transactions in the Wildland Fire Module:

Wildland Fire Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Wildland Fire’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)
B LatitudeLongitudeTownshipTownship Direction - North/SouthRangeRange Direction - East/WestSectionSubsectionMeridian
C Area Type
D1 Wildland Fire Cause
D2 Human Factors Contributing
D3 Factors Contributing To Ignition
D4 Fire Suppression Factors
E Heat Source
F Mobile Property Type
G Equipment Involved In Ignition
H NFDRS Weather Station IDWeather TypeWind DirectionWind SpeedAir TemperatureRelative HumidityFuel MoistureFire Danger Rating
I1 Number of Buildings Ignited
I2 Number of Buildings Threatened
I3 Total Acres Burned
I4 Primary Crop Burned #1Primary Crop Burned #2Primary Crop Burned #3
J Undetermined Acres Burned Percentage (%)Tax Paying Acres Burned Percentage (%)Non-Tax Paying Acres Burned Percentage (%)City Town Village Local Acres Burned Percentage (%)County or Parish Acres Burned Percentage (%)State or Province Acres Burned Percentage (%)Federal Acres Burned Percentage (%)Foreign Acres Burned Percentage (%)Military Acres Burned Percentage (%)Other Acres Burned Percentage (%)Property Management OwnershipFederal Agency Code
K NFDRS Fuel Model At Origin
L1 Person Responsible For Fire
L2 Gender
L3 Person Age
L4 Activity of Person
M Horizontal Distance From Right Of WayType of Right of Way
N ElevationRelative Position on SlopeAspectFlame LengthRate of Spread

Apparatus (or Resources) Module:

Transactions in the Apparatus (or Resources) Module:

Personnel Module:

Transactions in the Personnel Module:

Arson Module:

Transactions in the Arson Module:

Arson Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Arson’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)

Arson Agency Referral Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Arson Agency Referral’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)

Arson Juvenile Suspect Blocks:

These blocks are collections of elements carried by the ‘Arson Juvenile Suspect’ transaction.

Block  Elements 
A Fire Department IDFire Department StateIncident (Alarm) DateIncident Number (Identifier)Exposure NumberRecord Type/Transaction CodeTransaction Type (Add, etc.)

Supplemental Module:

Transactions in the Supplemental Module:

Fire Department Module:

Transactions in the Fire Department Module:

 
 

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