Incident Reporting for Fire Agencies

 

Reporting Statistics    

2014 Incident Reporting By Department

2014 Year to Date Fires Reported - updated monthly

2014 Year to Date All Incidents Reported - updated monthly

 

2013 Incident Reporting By Department

Total Fires Reported 2013

Total Incidents Reported 2013 

 

Why should I report my
incidents to the state?
 
 Your department uses data to measure the effectiveness of its operations, resource allocations and training needs.
 The data is required to apply for grants.
 OSFM and outside agencies utilize the incident data to educate the public in fatality and injury prevention, property protection, and the range of services that fire agencies provide.
 Every Chief is required to provide OSFM with a full report of every fire occurring within their jurisdiction (ORS 476.210).
Your department’s data is an important part of the Oregon fire picture. Fire department data is used to market the importance of what the fire service does, thereby ensuring that those inside and outside the industry will better understand the fire service’s role and value in each community. This translates into more resources and financial support for the fire service. If the data is not provided, or is not accurate, the fire service will struggle to justify its budgets, resources, and worth.

          

 

     

Why NFIRS?
National Fire Incident Reporting System
· The NFIRS represents the world's largest, national,  database of fire incident information.
· All 50 states and the District of Columbia report NFIRS   data.
· 29 fire departments with a population protected of over 500,000 participate in the NFIRS.
· Nationally, over 22,000 fire departments report in the NFIRS each year.
· Participating departments report an average of twenty million incidents and one million fires each year.
· NFIRS 5.0 expands the collection of data beyond fires to include the full range of fire department activity on a national scale. It is a true all-incident reporting system.
Within the NFIRS states, participating local fire departments fill out the Incident and Casualty reports as incidents occur. They forward the completed incidents via the internet to their state office where the data is validated and consolidated into a single database. Quarterly, statewide data is sent to the National Fire Data Center at the USFA to be included in the National Database. This database is used to answer questions about the nature and causes of injuries, fatalities, and property loss resulting from fires. The information is disseminated through a variety of means to states and other organizations. The NFIRS is a model of successful federal, state and local partnership.

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Oregon NFIRS Information
The Office of State Fire Marshal incident reporting policy is based on National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) standards, which have 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.
 
Since 1977, Oregon has submitted fire incident data to be included in the national database. The current version of NFIRS, version 5.0, was released in January 1999. This program enables Oregon to provide electronic information in the NFIRS 5 format.  All fire departments in Oregon are required to report fire and hazardous materials incidents based on the NFIRS 5 standards. 
 
More information about NFIRS can be found on the following websites:
 
NFIRS Website
 
National Fire Information Council Website
 
Oregon Fire & EMS Bridge®
The Oregon Fire & EMS Bridge® is a statewide internet-based incident reporting system and centralized data repository for Oregon fire department data. The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) launched the Oregon Fire Bridge® on January 1, 2010, replacing a system that had become obsolete after 13 years of use. In November 2010, the OSFM partnered with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) & Trauma Systems to merge their reporting system with the OSFM system, which are both products of the same vendor. The combined system is called Oregon Fire & EMS Bridge® (OFEB). OFEB collects fire, ambulance, hazardous material, and youth fire intervention data.
 
The system not only has automated forms to record and report incident information, but also provides record-keeping and tracking of staff, equipment, inspections, pre-planning, activities, training, and compensation. In addition, the system allows users to generate reports to help individual fire departments and the OSFM evaluate operational areas, such as response time, fire causes, etc.
OFEB is provided free of charge to Oregon’s fire service.  All fire departments in Oregon have their own secure online accounts in OFEB, which they access via usernames and passwords provided to select staff members. The OSFM remains committed to providing reporting software free to Oregon’s fire agencies. OFEB is funded by the OSFM with dedicated Fire Insurance Premium Tax funds.      

The web address for OFEB is:
 
For more information about the OFEB reporting system, contact the OSFM’s Data Unit at:
 
(503) 934-8250 or
(877) 588-8787 (toll free)
 
In the event that you need direct support from the OFEB vendor, contact Image Trend, Inc. at support@imagetrend.com or 888-469-7789.