Introduction to NFIRS 5.0 F0497

Curriculum: Planning & Information Management
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type
2-day off-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, one semester hour in fire protection, fire science, fire administration, public administration, emergency management, homeland security, or Emergency Medical Services.

This two-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 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.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

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.



Post-course requirements


Student comments

Very good overview and intro to NFIRS. Provided practical tools to take back to my department.