In January 2011, a National Fire Service Data Summit, funded by DHS/AFG, brought together a broad cross-section of fire industry leadership, including local decision makers. The Summit's goal was to identify, define, and standardize data collected on community risks and the deployment of fire department resources. A secondary goal was to improve the quality and consistency of data used to document resource allocation and related fire service decisions. A final goal was to develop recommendations for data collection processes, including a list of data elements that could easily be collected and analyzed by local fire departments to measure a department's availability, capability, and operational effectiveness.
Based on the Summit results, the IAFF, IAFC, NIST, CFAI and the original architect of NEMSIS joined forces to lead in the development of the National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS). This national collaboration started the project that has now become the only live data analytic system with detailed incident analysis and a live firefighter exposure module with career diary. Welcome to NFORS!
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The National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS) project is funded through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program's (AFG), Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S). During the initial 4 years of the project, the NFORS team developed many assets, including a comprehensive data dictionary that has been honed to include the "must have" data elements for local fire departments to be able to "Tell their Story".
The goal of the NFORS is to improve firefighter and civilian safety through consistent and quality data. Local FDs using the NFORS Modules can assess the impact of their response availability, capability, and operational effectiveness on the "outcome" of a fire or other emergency. An optimal "outcome" minimizes the occurrence of firefighter injury and death, civilian injury and death, and property loss.
NFORS is designed with a focus toward these objectives:
To get started with NFORS, schedule a demo with us at https://nfors-demo.eventbrite.com/. During the demo we will describe next steps to get your department's NFORS integration started.
Implementation and sustainment costs are as follows:
Following Implementation --- Starting January 2019, a monthly subscription fee will be instituted based on population covered
NFORS is being implemented in departments throughout the U.S. NFORS continues to be developed in parallel and is linked to the Fire Community Assessment Response Evaluation System (FireCARES) Project. www.firecares.org
The NFORS CAD module and customize analytics have been designed to be user friendly, encourage accurate and timely reporting and allow data exchange with systems like FireCARES.
The NFORS Firefighter Exposure Module that links to the NFORS-CAD Module creates a career response/exposure diary for individual firefighters. This NFORS Firefighter Exposure Module is being used by AFG funded grant projects for firefighter cancer surveillance.
Fire departments need a flexible data system that will easily allow them to collect their own information yet still participate as part of the national data system for incident reporting. New technology makes the system easier to use and less expensive for local fire departments and states to operate.
NFORS accounts for the full range of fire department activities. As NFORS modules are implemented, customized NFORS Reports can be generated on demand, in real-time, promoting operational best practices and benchmarking performance over a span of time.
Additionally, aggregate de-identified reports will be accessible by governmental and professional organizations at the state and national levels to assist in research and support the fire industry.
NFORS data are of great value in monitoring and evaluating the impact of federally funded grants and other initiatives at the local level.
Finally, NFORS Incident Investigation module will include data that will highlight product safety concerns and indicate trends in the incidence of fire so that resources can be focused on prevention.
In August 2016, the NFPA received an AFG/FP&S grant to develop an overall National Fire Data System that is to include substantial use of the information developed in the NFORS project to date and will incorporate additional NFORS data assets going forward.
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