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Using and Improving Fire Data Discussed at NFIRS Conference

Issue 7 and Volume 134.

Using and Improving Fire Data Discussed at NFIRS Conference FEATURES “Fighting fire with facts” was demonstrated at the 1981 conference of the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) held in Boston, April 27-30. With 9000 fire departments submitting fire information to the data center of the United States Fire Administration (USFA) in Washington, D.C., reliable national statistics are available for the first time to guide fire prevention efforts and other fire protection interests. Before NFIRS began in 1976, no two states were collecting the same type of data, so there was no way to compare fire experiences or determine large trends. As a result, the nation’s arson problem, among others, was said to be virtually ignored until data was available to show the size of the problem. Now, however, the overall picture is coming into better focus. “We can now prove to Congress,” said Joseph Moreland, acting USFA administrator, “that…

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