National Fire Incident Reporting System: Program Manager R0491

Planning & Information Management
Delivery type 6-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Public Administration, Fire Science, Fire Administration, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, or Homeland Security.
CEU’s 4.5
Student pre-course materials PDF

Training Specialist

Colleen Heilig

Upcoming offerings

April 26, 2015 - May 1, 2015 | August 16 - 21, 2015 | November 1 - 6, 2015 | View more

Course description

The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)Program Management course provides information about the national, state and local data base and the reporting system capabilities, data collection and analysis, and the available reporting features. Students will formulate questions and use data to get the answers they need. The course focuses on analysis of NFIRS data and development of decision packages. The course goal is to enable students to use NFIRS with evolving technologies to assist the fire service and information partners in making better data driven decisions that address fire and life safety issues.

The NFA's computer lab is used extensively for this course. Lab assignment will apply to the student’s jurisdictional data and will be used to develop an “Action Plan”. Lab sessions include: the SORT Tool, Federal Client Tool, administering user accounts and the Data Dictionary, importing data into Excel and creating pivot tables, charting and graphing techniques, and mapping incidents and resources. Class activities build on basic knowledge of NFIRS coding, and familiarity with Microsoft Excel. The pre-course assignment will include a tasking to contact the NFIRS State Program Manager 4 weeks prior to the start of class to obtain permission for data access for use during the training.

Selection criteria

This six day course is for a broad audience which may include a range of titles from administrative fire officers to fire fighters, IT personnel, systems operations and management, systems administration, systems analysts and support staff. The class is designed for individuals who analyze jurisdictional data and provide or use comprehensive reports. This includes chief officers who need data for planning purposes and also those who are not familiar with data tools and data entry but require them to improve organizational operations, management or administration. Special consideration is available for groups of students from the same organization attending the same session. All applications must be submitted at the same time


1) ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online at Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training. 2) Applicants must have attended one of the following or an equivalent: The NFA's 2-day Introduction to NFIRS 5.0 course; a State or regionally sponsored 2-day Introduction to NFIRS course; or the NFA's online Q494 Introduction to NFIRS self study course available at

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
April 26, 2015 - May 1, 2015 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply August 16 - 21, 2015 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 1 - 6, 2015 Apply on 4/15/2015 - 6/15/2015 Emmitsburg, Maryland
February 28, 2016 - March 4, 2016 Apply on 4/15/2015 - 6/15/2015 Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 1 - 6, 2016 Apply on 10/15/2015 - 12/15/2015 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Post-course requirements None.
Comments Note: The April 26-May 1 offering is being held as a BACK TO BACK offering, paired with the R0492 Emergency Resource Deployment Planning: Standards of Cover. If you attend R0491 April 26 – May 1 you MUST also attend R0492 May 3-8. Submit an application for EACH course; you only need to meet the selection criteria for one of the courses to attend both.