Requirements and Submissions
The Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that NFIRS is the uniform system of reporting fires, as prescribed in Arizona Revised Statute ARS 37-1383. A department should submit reports for one month by the 20th of the following month (i.e. October reports should be submitted by November 20th). If a department has not had any runs for a month, that department should submit a No Activity report. Reporting requirements are the same for volunteer, combo and career departments. If information on a report changes, the department should submit a revised report.
The process for submitting reports depends on the department’s choice of software. If a department is using the free Federal Client Tool, available through www.nfirs.fema.gov, reports are automatically uploaded to the database when the report is saved. The Federal Client Tool has a downloadable version called the Data Entry Tool and an online version called DEBI. Login and password help is provided by the Arizona NFIRS Program Manager.
If a department is using a third-party vendor, the reports are submitted by utilizing the Bulk Import Utility.
Once submissions have been processed departments will receive a response stating what reports were submitted to the database, including details regarding any validation errors. No Activity reports are submitted by utilizing the Federal Client Tool DEBI.
A list of approved third-party vendors is available by clicking here.
Departments without internet access are urged to contact the Arizona NFIRS Program Manager for assistance. Paper reports can be submitted if no other means are available, but there are many options offered to departments. For more information please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Bobby Merigan.
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