Not only do Firefighters have to assist in a variety of emergencies but they also are required to complete the appropriate reporting

Firefighters not only fight fires and handle a variety of emergencies, have to comply with the requirements to retain their respective certifications but are reqired to report incidents and the reporting needs to be accurate.  Remember when Stacy Tebo removed the computers from the Fire House and only Andrew Greene could input the information?  Well we know Andrew did not report the correct information and he probably does not have the background either.

 Fire Service Providers
must maintain accurate rosters to ensure their firefighters
(volunteer and career) are properly credited with the service
that allows them to maintain certification. Inaccurate
records may negatively impact their staff.   but we HAVE NO STAFF

 

THE NFIRS REPORTING SYSTEM:

How NFIRS Works
After responding to an incident, fire department personnel complete one or more of the NFIRS “modules.” The information in these modules describes the kind of incident responded to, where it occurred, the resources used to mitigate it, and how losses and other information designed specifically to understand the nature and causes of fire, hazardous material (HazMat), and emergency medical service (EMS) incidents. Information is also collected on thenumber of civilian or firefighter casualties and an estimate of property loss. The uniformity of definitions used in coding NFIRS fields makes aggregation of national data possible.
Information is entered about an emergency response either manually on a form or directly through a computer. Local agencies forward the completed NFIRS modules to the State agency responsible for NFIRS data. The State agency combines the information with data from other fire departments into a statewide database and then transmits the data to the National Fire Data Center (NFDC) at the USFA. The NFDC can then compare and contrast statistics from States and large metropolitan departments to develop national public education campaigns, make recommendations for national codes and standards, guide allocation of Federal funds, determine consumer product failures, identify the focus for research efforts, and support Federal legislation. NFIRS is the primary source of data for a wide range of analyses and reports, including USFA’s publication Fire in the United States, which is the single most comprehensive reference on the nature and scope of the fire problem in the United States. At the national level, data combined from participating States are also used by information partners, as shown in the following graphic

Description of Modules

THE FOLLOWING MODULES ARE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE
BASIC MODULE, WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EVERY INCIDENT

TO WHICH YOUR DEPARTMENT RESPONDS

The Basic Module (NFIRS–1) captures general information on every incident (or emergency call) to which the department responds.
The Fire Module (NFIRS–2) is used to describe each fire incident to which the department responds. For wildland fire incidents, the Wildland Module can be used instead of the Fire Module if that option is available by your State reporting authority.
The Structure Fire Module (NFIRS–3) is used to describe each structure fire to which the department responds. This module is used in conjunction with the Fire Module.
The Civilian Fire Casualty Module (NFIRS–4) is used to report injuries or deaths to civilians or other emergency personnel (e.g., police officers, non-fire department/EMS personnel) that are related to a fire incident.This module is used in conjunction with the Fire Module and, if applicable, the Structure Fire Module.
Non-fire-related injuries or deaths to civilians can be reported on the EMS Module.
The Fire Service Casualty Module (NFIRS–5) is used to report injuries and deaths of firefighters. The module can also be used to report the exposure of a firefighter to chemicals or biological agents at an incident where that exposure does not result in any symptoms at that time but that manifest themselves at a later date. This module may be used with any of the other modules.
The EMS Module (NFIRS–6) is completed by fire departments that provide emergency medical services. The module is used to report all medical incidents where the department provided the primary patient care.This includes incidents where there were civilian fire-related casualties and a Civilian Fire Casualty Module was completed and where there were firefighter fire-related casualties and a Fire Service Casualty Module was completed. (This module does not serve as a patient care record, but it can be used in conjunction with the local requirements for patient care.)

THE FOLLOWING MODULES (NFIRS–6 THROUGH –11) ARE
OPTIONAL MODULES THAT ARE USED ONLY WHEN THAT

OPTION(S) IS SELECTED BY YOUR STATE REPORTING AUTHORITY

THE FOLLOWING MODULES ARE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE
BASIC MODULE, WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EVERY INCIDENT

TO WHICH YOUR DEPARTMENT RESPONDS

The Hazardous Materials Module (NFIRS–7) is completed to report spills or releases of 55 gallons or more of hazardous materials or when special HazMat actions were taken. As appropriate, the module is used in conjunction with the Fire Module or other modules to provide detailed information about incidents involving hazardous materials.
The Wildland Fire Module (NFIRS–8) is completed to report incidents that involve wildland or vegetation fires. The module is used in lieu of the Fire Module for wildland fire incidents.
The Apparatus or Resources Module (NFIRS–9), a department-use module, is completed to report data specific to each piece of apparatus that responds to an incident. It includes information that can be used to calculate response time and time out of service. This module is not used if the Personnel Module is used.
The Personnel Module (NFIRS–10), a department-use module, is completed to report the same information as on the Apparatus or Resources Module, but it also provides for tracking the personnel associated with that apparatus.
The Arson Module (NFIRS–11) is completed to report additional information on fires that have been coded by the department as “intentionally set.”
In addition to the 11 modules, a Supplemental Form (NFIRS–1S) can be used to report information on additional persons and entities involved in the incident and to collect additional special studies fields. This paper-only form extends the amount of information collected in the Basic Module.

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