As we seek to provide greater resources to those who rely on us for critical information and knowledge to eliminate loss from fire and other hazards, we are working to further harness the power of data for our stakeholders, including the U.S. fire service.
In August of 2016, NFPA, with support from IAFF, IAFC, CPSE, NASFM, NVFC, and the Metro Chiefs, received funding from the AFG Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Program to develop a national fire data system (NFDS) that meets the priority needs of the U.S. fire service for quality local and national data for both operations and community risk reduction. It will be designed to be a data resource to support a broad range of fire department decision-making.
The NFDS plan was presented to front-line fire service innovators from thirteen national organizations at NFPA’s Responder Forum last month. Video footage of the NFDS presentation at that event can be accessed here.
An important first step in the NFDS plan is a survey of fire department leaders and other fire personnel to learn how they are using data, what tools and software they are employing for collection, and which resources would enhance operations, first responder safety and community risk reduction.
If you manage fire data efforts for your organization, please take the NFDS survey.