April 21, 2014

NJ DFS "Fire in New Jersey" Annual Report

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NFIRS Background

The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-948) authorized the National Fire Data Center in the United States Fire Administration (USFA) to gather and analyze information on the frequency, causes, spread, and extinguishment of fires, and on the number, nature and causes of injuries and deaths resulting from fires and on property loss.

Fire Incident Reporting in New Jersey

The data used in this report were provided by fire departments that participate in the NFIRS. The statutes that created the Division of Fire Safety call for the Division to administer a fire incident reporting system in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:27D-25d.(d.).

To encourage participation, the Division of Fire Safety provides reference materials, incident field notes, and training to fire departments. The incident data that fire departments submit to the Division is forwarded to the National Fire Data Center at the United States Fire Administration. The Division began implementation of NFIRS 5 in 1999 and all of the data used in this report is from NFIRS 5. NFIRS 5 is an all-incident based reporting system that captures the many different types of incidents to which fire departments respond.

Important Information:

If you would like your fire department to be included in the 2013 statistical analysis, you must have all of your 2013 data sent to the New Jersey FIRS Unit by Friday, February 21, 2014. 

New Jersey Counties With 100% Reporting Participation for 2012:

We hereby acknowledge and recognize the following New Jersey Counties for 100% Reporting Participation for Calendar Year 2012.

Congratulations and THANK YOU!

  • Cape May
  • Essex
  • Hudson
  • Salem
  • Union

**REMINDER: NFIRS files should be sent to the Division of Fire Safety before the 10th of each month for each preceding month.**


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