TEXFIRS Texas Fire Incident Reporting System State Fire Marshal’s Office Uses and Reports
What is a TEXFIRS Incident Report <ul><li>Written or electronic documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Description of the circums...
Why collect it? <ul><li>Provides a way to maintain a legal document of the fact that an incident occurred </li></ul><ul><l...
Uses of TEXFIRS/NFIRS <ul><li>Mock Trial </li></ul>
Local Fire Department Use <ul><li>Justification of budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Resource allocation </li></ul><ul><li>Staffin...
Local Use and Presentation <ul><li>Educate your administration </li></ul><ul><li>Promote support from community </li></ul>...
Identifying Trends <ul><li>Multiple years comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Incendiary activity </li></ul><ul><li>Juvenile and ...
Users of NFIRS <ul><li>Local Fire Departments </li></ul><ul><li>State Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Private Industry </li>...
State Uses of NFIRS <ul><li>Preparing Fire Marshal's annual report </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Fire Prevention programs </li><...
USFA uses of NFIRS <ul><li>The USFA uses NFIRS for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritizing the many  fire issues in the US </l...
Other Federal Agencies <ul><li>The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) </li></ul><ul><li>National Highway Safety...
Consumer Product Safety Commission <ul><li>Analyzed  the fire risk associated with portable space heaters, kerosene space ...
The Center for Fire Research <ul><li>NFIRS data is used to develop fire models and to conduct analysis of fire risk. </li>...
Non-profit Fire-Related Organizations <ul><li>IAFC, IAFF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NFIRS data can be used to generalize about ...
Public Fire Educators <ul><li>Justify funding of programs for dealing with community fire problems as they are identified....
TEXFIRS Reporting <ul><li>All incident reporting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TEXFIRS/NFIRS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monthly report...
 
TEXFIRS Website <ul><li>“ Fires in Texas” annual report </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Department FDID list </li></ul><ul><li>Inci...
Valid Incidents <ul><li>Processing data files </li></ul><ul><li>Error reports </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor issues </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>Data Summary Report  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State Request </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need based Report </li></u...
 
USFA Web-Based Reporting Tool <ul><li>NFIRS 5.0 Web-based Summary Output Reports Tool enables users to obtain summaries an...
 
Web-Based Tools www.nfirs.fema.gov/webtools/
Summary Output Reporting Tool Click on Summary Output Reports Tool
User Account Login Enter: Your user account Enter: TX for state Enter: Your password   Or, use  Guest account
Choosing a Report Choose a Report
<ul><li>Summary by Incident Type  Data Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed Selected Statistics  Fires Under Investigation <...
Completed Reports
Printing and Saving your Report Printing or Saving  PDF file
Summary By Incident Type Report <ul><li>Incident frequency summarized by Incident Type  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The report i...
SAMPLE REPORT “ SummarybyIncidentType ”
Fire Report by FDID <ul><li>The Fire Report By FDID generates summary information of fires, by Fire Department.  </li></ul...
 
Web-Based Reporting Tool Logout Log Out
What We Need to Know <ul><li>Input higher quality data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The quality of information generated by NFIRS...
Acknowledgement <ul><li>There is a long way to go toward making even better use of NFIRS.  But we have a system in place t...
<ul><li>Time and memory are true artists; they remold reality nearer to the heart's desire.  </li></ul><ul><li>John Dewey ...
<ul><li>Texas Department of Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>State Fire Marshal’s Office </li></ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 149221, MC ...
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  • Welcome Introduction Positions in their organization? Involved in collecting or using incident information? Survey for needs. What information they were looking for?
  • Texas Fire Incident Reporting System copy of incident May be only documentation on an incident. Reporting to TEXFIRS is reporting to NFIRS We use the NFIRS system in Texas. We are not TFS. TEXFIRS data is forwarded to USFA to be included in the National NFIRS.
  • Serves a legal record of the fact that a fire or other incident occurred. Provides official notification. A review of the incident should be completed by a qualified fire service member. Serves to inform senior officials and fire department managers concerning activity within their area of responsibility. Uniform reporting system allows for evaluation of incidents across the state and nation. Gives a department a tool to document what they do, when they do it and how they do it. If it’s not documented, did it occur?
  • TEXFIRS allows you to capture information on: Type of calls Time of calls Property involved Dollar losses Pre incident value and dollar loss Budget requests linked to department activity and training needs identified when reviewing type of calls. Reports can be generated from the data to support budget requests in a visual manner. Allocate resources to troubled areas
  • Your data can give you information to present to your chief in a format that is visual and clear. Using your data you can present information on your needs to the community in support of your funding needs.
  • When you have data you can go back and review trends, See where fire prevention education programs may be helpful. Keep a check on firefighter issues that may point to training or equipment needs.
  • Life and property…..&amp; educating the public &amp; political leaders about needs for improved fire safety Course work @ NFA
  • Consumer product safety committee (CPSC) Child sleepwear initiative 1970 CPSC first issued flammability standards for child’s sleepwear 1991 Smoke detector project
  • One of the first organizations to do this
  • International assoc. of fire chiefs International assoc. of black professional firefighters National association of state fire marshals NFPA uses data as basis for standards
  • Juvenile fire setter counseling Smoke detector education and importance
  • When we receive your data it is confirmed, logged and place din queue for processing. If we find any critical errors during processing we will email you a error report. Incidents listed on that error report did not process and are not included in our TEXFIRS database. Some errors we are seeing deal with vendor software that is not updated by the fire department but most errors are created when a vendor does not update their software in line with USFA changes. Every year the USFA can make changes to the NFIRS program that requires a vendor to add or change edits within their software and update their customer software. The vendor is notified 3 months before the USFA implements changes.
  • Finding information collected in TEXFIRS. Information can be generated from your data by submitting a request from our office or by using the free federal reporting tool.
  • Texas maintains a guest account for access to all Texas data in the national NFIRS database.
  • Various reports are available. Descriptions Be careful using the guest account. You are accessing all data, millions per year.
  • The NFIRS 5.0 web-based Reports environment provides the user with the opportunity to enter a number of runtime parameters that will affect the output of the final report. Pre-defined and user specified parameters filter the report&apos;s content in terms of incident or Fire Department information and determine the format of the report&apos;s output.
  • TEXFIRS Uses and Reports

    1. 1. TEXFIRS Texas Fire Incident Reporting System State Fire Marshal’s Office Uses and Reports
    2. 2. What is a TEXFIRS Incident Report <ul><li>Written or electronic documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Description of the circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Future reference </li></ul><ul><li>TEXFIRS and NFIRS </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why collect it? <ul><li>Provides a way to maintain a legal document of the fact that an incident occurred </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps management informed </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a uniform manner of evaluating local, state and national needs </li></ul><ul><li>Documents all that you do </li></ul>
    4. 4. Uses of TEXFIRS/NFIRS <ul><li>Mock Trial </li></ul>
    5. 5. Local Fire Department Use <ul><li>Justification of budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Resource allocation </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Trends of problems in local areas </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison with State averages </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons with similar communities </li></ul>
    6. 6. Local Use and Presentation <ul><li>Educate your administration </li></ul><ul><li>Promote support from community </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate in your funding applications </li></ul>Use charts or graphs to display Publish or distribute information
    7. 7. Identifying Trends <ul><li>Multiple years comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Incendiary activity </li></ul><ul><li>Juvenile and the Elderly fire involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Firefighter safety </li></ul>
    8. 8. Users of NFIRS <ul><li>Local Fire Departments </li></ul><ul><li>State Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Private Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Private Citizen </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Government Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Law Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Product Manufacturers </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Organizations </li></ul>
    9. 9. State Uses of NFIRS <ul><li>Preparing Fire Marshal's annual report </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Fire Prevention programs </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend or support changes to legislation based on incident trend analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The state uses its NFIRS data to analyze fire activity throughout the state and recommend or implement prevention efforts . </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. USFA uses of NFIRS <ul><li>The USFA uses NFIRS for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritizing the many fire issues in the US </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying aspects of the fire problem that require continued monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantifying the costs of fire (life and property) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing congressional testimony and justifying budget requests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitating agency management reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing means of measuring the impact of programs and activities </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Other Federal Agencies <ul><li>The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) </li></ul><ul><li>National Highway Safety Committee (NHTSA) </li></ul><ul><li>National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Disease Control (CDC) </li></ul><ul><li>Armed Forces </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Commerce Department </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Fire Research </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Congress </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Treasury </li></ul><ul><li>Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Consumer Product Safety Commission <ul><li>Analyzed the fire risk associated with portable space heaters, kerosene space heaters, wood stoves, metal chimneys, upholstered furniture, cigarettes, and sleepwear among other products </li></ul><ul><li>Child-resistant safety standard for cigarette lighters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated between 80 & 105 deaths annually among children under the age of 5 would be prevented </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Smoke Detector Project </li></ul><ul><li>Research on potential product fire hazards and to identify the need for product recalls or product repairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The fields “equipment involved in” and “form of heat of ignition” </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. The Center for Fire Research <ul><li>NFIRS data is used to develop fire models and to conduct analysis of fire risk. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helped to define the U.S. Fire problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ America Burning Revisited” </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Non-profit Fire-Related Organizations <ul><li>IAFC, IAFF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NFIRS data can be used to generalize about the types of fires that present the greatest risk to firefighters and the type of injuries firefighter most often sustain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigate whether particular pieces of gear are associated with fire fighter injuries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NASFM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigated the effect of California’s fabric flammability standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NFPA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Often used as the basis for articles in the Fire Journal </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Public Fire Educators <ul><li>Justify funding of programs for dealing with community fire problems as they are identified. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NFIRS is the largest data set in the world!! </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. TEXFIRS Reporting <ul><li>All incident reporting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TEXFIRS/NFIRS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monthly reporting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper, vendor software, federal software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t need federal software account to report </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email file receipt confirmation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FD Reporting Status </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TEXFIRS Website </li></ul></ul>www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire
    17. 18. TEXFIRS Website <ul><li>“ Fires in Texas” annual report </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Department FDID list </li></ul><ul><li>Incident count by month </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Self Study Course </li></ul><ul><li>Handbooks/forms </li></ul><ul><li>Building Valuation </li></ul><ul><li>Census Tracts </li></ul>
    18. 19. Valid Incidents <ul><li>Processing data files </li></ul><ul><li>Error reports </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor issues </li></ul><ul><li>USFA Updates </li></ul>
    19. 20. <ul><li>Data Summary Report </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State Request </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need based Report </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USFA Request </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web Based Reporting Tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Request Summary Reports </li></ul>TEXFIRS/NFIRS Reports www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/fmtexfir.html
    20. 22. USFA Web-Based Reporting Tool <ul><li>NFIRS 5.0 Web-based Summary Output Reports Tool enables users to obtain summaries and statistical calculations on the data saved to the National Database. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest Account </li></ul></ul>www.nfirs.fema.gov/webtools/
    21. 24. Web-Based Tools www.nfirs.fema.gov/webtools/
    22. 25. Summary Output Reporting Tool Click on Summary Output Reports Tool
    23. 26. User Account Login Enter: Your user account Enter: TX for state Enter: Your password Or, use Guest account
    24. 27. Choosing a Report Choose a Report
    25. 28. <ul><li>Summary by Incident Type Data Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed Selected Statistics Fires Under Investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Report By FDID Fire Service Casualties </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Incident Counts Civilian Casualties </li></ul><ul><li>Incident Counts Tally </li></ul><ul><li>Incidents By Time Series Incident Listing </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual Aid Incidents FDID Incident Type Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Data Inventory By FDID Unresolved Fire Incidents </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Department Information Structure Fire Causes </li></ul><ul><li>Structure Fires by Property Use Residential Str Fire Causes </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual Aid Given Unmatched Depts </li></ul>USFA Summary Reports
    26. 29. Completed Reports
    27. 30. Printing and Saving your Report Printing or Saving PDF file
    28. 31. Summary By Incident Type Report <ul><li>Incident frequency summarized by Incident Type </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The report includes % of the total frequency for each Incident Type code category. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summary information of Exposure incidents, Mutual Aid Given codes, casualties, and the total dollar loss for fire incidents. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: No Activity incidents (N status) are not included in any frequency count. </li></ul></ul>
    29. 32. SAMPLE REPORT “ SummarybyIncidentType ”
    30. 33. Fire Report by FDID <ul><li>The Fire Report By FDID generates summary information of fires, by Fire Department. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Within each FDID, Fire Type is summarized at 3 levels: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building Fires, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vehicle Fires, and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other Fires. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    31. 35. Web-Based Reporting Tool Logout Log Out
    32. 36. What We Need to Know <ul><li>Input higher quality data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The quality of information generated by NFIRS is only as good as the data entered at the fire house level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correctly and thoroughly input data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include property value and loss estimates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grants, training, NFA courses are depending on NFIRS data in the system </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware, millions of dollars are targeted at problems identified through NFIRS </li></ul>
    33. 37. Acknowledgement <ul><li>There is a long way to go toward making even better use of NFIRS. But we have a system in place that works well. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone associated with NFIRS at the local, state and national levels should feel proud of the important contribution they have made. </li></ul><ul><li>NFIRS will continue to guide fire protection in the U.S. </li></ul>
    34. 38. <ul><li>Time and memory are true artists; they remold reality nearer to the heart's desire. </li></ul><ul><li>John Dewey </li></ul>Document All That You Do
    35. 39. <ul><li>Texas Department of Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>State Fire Marshal’s Office </li></ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 149221, MC 108-FM </li></ul><ul><li>Austin, Texas 78714-9221 </li></ul>Phone: (512) 305-7950 FAX: (512) 305-7910 www.tdi.state.tx.us www.nfirs.fema.gov TEXFIRS

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