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Community Effort, Local Insights, National Results

About the project

Over the past decade there has been a growing appreciation about the importance of fire service data as well as an increasing frustration over the challenges many fire departments face in terms of fully utilizing their data.

In 2016 the national fire service stakeholder organizations asked NFPA to develop and lead a project to develop a new national fire data system. With generous support from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant – Fire Prevention & Safety program NFPA has built a system to support local, evidence-based, decision making on operational performance, community risk reduction, firefighter safety, health, and wellness, and other fire service activities. The project is developing the groundwork for a flexible and scalable system to collect data from fire departments.

We have built a prototype infrastructure to take in, process, store, and share data from the records management systems that local fire departments choose to use. We are continuing to expand the capabilities of this system, especially in terms of collecting and standardizing community risk reduction data from local fire departments and other affiliated organizations.

Stakeholder engagement

This project is the culmination of considerable input and insights from a diverse group of representatives from the major stakeholder organizations, subject matter experts, and local users from across the country. The project had monthly conference calls with both the Executive Advisory Board and Technical Working Group and a series of workshops with a mix of people from agencies and organizations of all size and from across the country to give a deeper understanding of the true nature of the fire data problem.

Executive advisory board

  • Chief Allan Cain, Cary Fire Department – representing CPSE
  • Dr. Dov Chelst, Center for Public Safety Management – representing ICMA
  • Chief Mike Duyck, Tualatin Valley Fire Rescue – representing Metro Fire Chiefs
  • Chief Steven Locke, Burlington Fire Department – representing IAFC
  • Asst. Chief (ret.) Stephen Hrustich, Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Service – representing Vision 20/20
  • Chief Joe Maruca, West Barnstable Fire Department – representing NVFC
  • Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, International Association of Fire Fighters – representing IAFF
  • Chief Bill Troup, National Fire Data Center - ex offico representative of USFA
  • State Fire Marshal Bruce West, Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office – representing NASFM

Technical working group

  • Chief (ret.) Ed Plaugher, NFPA 950 Technical Committee Chair
  • Deputy Chief (ret.) Kevin Lundy, Gulfport Fire Department
  • Captain Chris Lombard, Seattle Fire Department
  • Sara Wood, State NFIRS Coordinator, Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Kristin Chaffee, Strategic Program Manager, Tualatin Valley Fire Rescue
  • Battalion Chief Erich Roden, Milwaukee Fire Department
  • Battalion Chief Amy Valdez, Virginia Beach Fire Department
  • Assistant Chief Scott Bliss, Central Arizona Fire & Medical District

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The National Fire Data System project has been developed and managed by the NFPA – Research, Data & Analytics division. For more information about recent activities subscribe to our Research + Analysis newsletters.

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