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Firefighters - Reporting Incidents

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.
  • We, and outside agencies, use incident data to educate the public in fatality and injury prevention, property protection, and the range of services fire agencies provide.
  • Every Chief is required to provide us 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. 

Why the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)?

  • 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 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.

Our 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. 
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


Oregon Fire and EMS Bridge® is a statewide internet-based incident reporting system and centralized data repository for Oregon fire department data. 


Analytics & Intelligence Unit
Assistant Chief Deputy
Claire McGrew
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: 503-934-8236
Phone: 503-934-8250

Oregon Fire and EMS Bridge 

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