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Introduction to NFIRS 5.0 F0497

Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type

2-day off-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

Pending (ACE Review): In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in fire protection, fire science, fire administration, public administration, emergency management, homeland security or emergency medical services.

This 2-day course teaches students how to use standardized forms to achieve uniformity in their incident and activity reporting. This training program is designed specifically to support local fire service organizations, and it will assist them in providing data both to their management and to decision-makers, as well as to their state uniform fire reporting system.

At a local level, National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data can be used to:

  • Describe a community's fire problem.
  • Support budget requests and improve decision-making for allocation of resources.
  • Assist in planning for future fire protection.
  • Help identify opportunities for scheduling nonemergency activities.
  • Evaluate code enforcement programs.
  • Identify target audiences for public fire education programs.
  • Support requests from grant making organizations and alternative funding sources to fund department programs and priorities.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Course syllabus: PDF 68KB

New, current and potential users of a fire department or state uniform reporting system.

Members of local or state fire service organizations responsible for documenting incidents and/or incident data collection.

Upcoming offerings

Email or call the official under Contact(s) if you are interested in attending a course.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
April 20 - 21, 2023 Cancelled Folsom, California
Kirsten Fonseca
Staff Services Analyst
Chris Fowler
Deputy State Fire Marshal III, Supervisor
Jennifer Bowman
NFIRS State Program Manager
May 2 - 3, 2023 Cancelled Ocala, Florida
Patrick Giacobbe
Academic Instructor
Florida Division of State Fire Marshal