We have recently been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to begin the development of a National Fire Data System (NFDS) and wanted to share the news with you all. The goal of NFDS is to address the priority needs of the U.S. fire service and generate quality local and national data for both operational and community risk reduction decision-making. The powerful new tool will incorporate substantial learning from the recently AFG-funded NFORS project and utilize all available and relevant data sources.
The NFDS will serve the needs of fire departments, firefighters/officers, local policy makers and those engaged in fire prevention/community risk reduction efforts. A key component of the NFDS initiative is an in-depth assessment of the needs of key stakeholder groups. NFDS will be designed to:
- track and measure emergency response resources and capability, both locally and nationally
- provide data to inform operational efficiency at the local fire department level
- create a career diary for firefighters to capture exposure/health & wellness information
- collect information necessary for fire prevention and community risk reduction efforts
Dr. Matt Hinds-Aldrich, formerly with Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Assessment & Planning Section, was recently hired to support the NFDS project as its program manager. Reporting to Dr. Nathaniel Lin, NFPA’s data analytics & strategy lead, he will coordinate with the fire service on data to support performance management, organizational problem solving, and the implementation of predictive community risk reduction strategies.