The annual National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) Public Data Release files are provided by the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Data Center (NFDC). The NFIRS is a reporting standard that fire departments use to uniformly report on the full range of their activities, from fire to emergency medical services (EMS) to equipment involved in the response.
NFIRS is the nation’s largest, national, annual database of fire incident information. NFIRS is a voluntary tool with two objectives: to help State and local governments develop fire reporting and analysis capability for their own use and to obtain data that can be used to more accurately assess and subsequently combat the fire problem at a national level.
These data sets are for researchers and fire data analysts.
Experience with fire data analysis and NFIRS data is recommended to properly use the NFIRS Public Data Release (PDR) data sets. Using raw NFIRS data as a count of fires and associated deaths, injuries and dollar loss is NOT a proper use of these data sets.
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Available Downloadable NFIRS Public Data Release Files:
Please note that upon clicking any of the available downloadable NFIRS Public Data Release data sets hyperlinks, an automatic download of that year's data will commence. Download times will vary depending on the size of the file and your connection. Some of the compressed zip file sizes vary from 132 MB and can range up to 822MB. If you prefer to order the NFIRS public release data on CD or DVD, please visit the USFA’s Download fire data and data analysis tools web page. Below are the data years that are currently available:
CD 1980-1998 - Fire Incidents (NFIRS version 4.1)
CD 1999-2003 - All Incidents
CD 2004-2019 - Fire and Hazardous Materials Incidents
DVD 2014-2019 - All Incidents