National Association of State Fire Marshals Foundation Conducting Survey on Fire Incident Data Entry Practices

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research & Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) is putting an online survey into the field to gain a better understanding of how fire department personnel report fire incident data. As part of a project funded by a DHS Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, this electronic survey will be distributed, in partnership with the nation’s State Fire Marshals, to fire departments across the country in late August.

A large percentage of fire incident reports do not include the cause of the fire, leaving a significant knowledge gap that hurts the ability of both the local fire department and the nation’s fire service to develop strategies to combat these fires. The NASFM Foundation project aims to learn what factors contribute to “undetermined” or missing data, particularly in the causal factors sections of the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

“This project is vitally important to determining how we can improve reporting about the causes of fires,” said NASFM President and New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan. “When we know what is causing the fires, we can then develop evidence-based strategies that will stop them from occurring and save lives.”

“I am asking that if you receive the link to this online survey, please fill it out and submit it right away,” said Degnan. “Your help is key in our effort to protect our citizens and fire fighters who put their lives on the line, every single day.”

By filling out this brief survey, each fire department will be playing a vital role in research about fire incident data entry practices, training and attitudes across the country. The NASFM Foundation asks that only one response be submitted per fire department.

For more information on this project, please contact Karen Deppa, Project Manager,


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