The Arizona Fire Incident Reporting System NFIRS is the version of the National Fire Incident Reporting System used across the United States. Arizona does not maintain a state central repository of reports. Instead, reports submitted to NFIRS are processed directly to NFIRS, meeting both requirements at the same time. Statistics and reports are then compiled by collecting information directly from the NFIRS database housed in the National Fire Data Center.
NFIRS is an "All Incident" system designed to portray an accurate picture of what the Fire Service does for the citizens of Arizona, not just fighting fires. Locally, data can be used to implement public education programs, and accurately explain equipment needs for departments, determine standards/levels of emergency response coverage information and watch/identify trends to include arsonists. Only after identifying problems can prevention program be developed and utilized. Many prevention programs rely on up-to-date reporting to aid public safety. This information is so valuable that grants may require departments to be compliant with NFIRS before grant money will be awarded.
Helpful Links and Resources
Current Reporting Status
- Quarter 1
- Quarter 2
- NFIRS Arizona Incident Counts 2017 Q2 (PDF)
- NFIRS Arizona Monthly Incident Counts 2017 Q2 (PDF)
- Quarter 3
- NFIRS Arizona Incident Counts 2017 Q3 (PDF)
- NFIRS Arizona Monthly Incident Counts 2017 Q1 (PDF)
- Quarter 4
- NFIRS Arizona Incident Counts 2017 Q4 (PDF)
- NFIRS Arizona Monthly Incident Counts 2017 Q4 (PDF)
National Fire Academy Training
FAQs for Arizona Fire Departments
Requirements & Submission
Participation in NFIRS is state-mandated by Arizona Revised Statue and requires all departments to submit monthly. A department should submit reports for one month by the 20th of the following month (i.e. October reports should be submitted by November 20). 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 please update the report, especially after investigations.
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 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. https://www.nfirs.fema.gov/NFIRSWebTools/BulkImportUpload/welcome.do
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 https://www.nfirs.fema.gov/NFIRSWBI/incident/newIncident.action
A list of approved third-party vendors is available by visiting https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/nfirs/vendors/active_vendors.html.
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.
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