At NFPA, we rely on the U.S Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System to tell us the details of the nation's fire problem, We get the big numbers from NFPA's annual fire department survey. We use the two together to create national estimates. You can find our reports at Research.
While many countries envy the extent of data we have, there is still more we need to know and room for improvement in the data. Several groups have received Assistance to Firefighter Grants for data-related initiatives.
In 2014, NFPA and the National institute of Standards and Technology co-sponsored a workshop, Today and Tomorrow's Fire Experience Data to share what the different groups were doing. These results and some other activities were presented at NFPA's 2015 Conference and Expo in Chicago in a session titled What's happening with fire experience data?. The slides and audio are both attached.
Many thanks to all the firefighters who contribute data and to all who participated in and/or attended the workshop or the C and E session.