Stand up and be counted! Take the NFPA Fire Experience Survey for U.S. Fire Departments

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Feb 22, 2017

We recently mailed the Survey of Fire Departments for United States Fire Experience During 2016 to 20,490 fire departments throughout the country. We are hoping for a great response rate, because the results of this survey are used to compile the U.S. Fire Department Profile report that is published every year.


This report is important because it tracks a number of critical data points, including the number of volunteer and career firefighters in the United States, the number of volunteer, combination, and career fire departments, the population protected by each department type, age and demographic data about career and volunteer firefighters, and the amount of money spent on fire protection services in the United States, just to name a few. Because the report is published annually the data in it can be used to identify trends in the fire service. The more departments that complete the survey, the more accurate and meaningful the data in the report will be. It is particularly important to have a large number of respondents from smaller fire departments so that we have a representative sample to draw from.


Fire departments can complete and return the paper survey by May 2, 2017, or the survey can be done online at In order to take the survey online, an NFPA Code and Password is required. This can be found on the paper survey that your fire departments received. If your fire department does not have this information and wishes to complete the survey, you can contact us at or 1-800-343-8890.