National Fire Incident Reporting System: Program Management R0491

Delivery type 6-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, three semester hours in data entry, information management, or public safety administration.
CEU’s 4.5
Student pre-course materials and course syllabus PDF 156KB PDF 156KB
Training Specialist

David Donohue

Upcoming offerings

October 28, 2018 - November 2, 2018 | View more

Course description

This six-day course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals responsible for the management of the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and/or multiple fire/EMS databases in their organization, and/or for those responsible for the training of field-level data collection and reporting staffs. This course provides information about the system’s capabilities, data collection and analysis, and available reporting features. Focus is on the higher level knowledge, skills and abilities required to collect, compile and analyze NFIRS data. Attendees will use data to develop decision packages used as the basis for Standards of Cover, develop and evaluate department programs, and identify and compare local trends in emergency response, delivery, and community risk reduction. The NFA's computer lab is used extensively for this course. Class activities require knowledge of NFIRS coding and familiarity with Microsoft Excel sufficient to navigate the toolbars.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

• Generate reports describing their community’s fire problem

• Create reports that are of interest to their jurisdiction

• Ensure the quality of the NFIRS process for their jurisdiction

• Construct maps which identify incidents and resources

• Explain the impact of external factors on their organization

• Utilize incident data to analyze fire service problems

• Utilize NFIRS data to describe fire service problems

• Utilize NFIRS data to support organizational goals and programs

• Develop action plans based on the community’s fire problem

Applicants must complete course prerequisites prior to applying and include proof of completion with the application. Applications that do not include proof of prerequisite completion will NOT be considered.

Selection criteria

This course is for a broad audience of fire department NFIRS/EMS program managers/developers and administrative analysts and staff responsible for NFIRS multisource data collection/analysis, and for the training of field-level data collection and reporting staffs. 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. Priority admission will be given to individuals designated as a State, U.S Territory, or Tribal Nation NFIRS Program Manager.


1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online at Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

2. Applicant must have attended and successfully completed one of the following or an equivalent:

- The NFA’s two-day “Introduction to NFIRS 5.0” (F/W0497) course.
- A state or regionally sponsored two-day “Introduction to NFIRS” course.
- The NFA’s online “National Fire Incident Reporting System 5.0 Self-Study” (Q0494) course available at

Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training. Participants found to not have completed course prerequisites may be removed from class.

Note: Participants are required to contact their NFIRS state program manager four weeks prior to the start of class to obtain permission for data access for use during the training. Additionally, participants will need to complete a precourse skills evaluation, data collection activities, and recommended readings that are found in the precourse information sent to accepted students.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
October 28, 2018 - November 2, 2018 Apply on 4/15/2018 - 6/15/2018 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Post-course requirements None