MFIRS Annual Data
By law, fire departments must report any fire or explosion resulting in a dollar loss or human casualty to the Division of Fire Safety. Fire departments are encouraged to report all of their incidents.
The data on the fire incident report can be analyzed in a wide variety of ways. Each year a fact sheet is produced summarizing the fire and fire death experience in Massachusetts. The office also publishes an annual report file size 4MB of the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System, which is used to answer statistical questions about fire. If you do not have a PDF reader, please download and install Acrobat Reader.
Massachusetts participates in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). After we compile the data from Massachusetts' fire departments, we forward it to the U.S. Fire Administration. Although paperwork may seem to have little to do with fire protection, firefighters who carefully document the causes of fires and the make model and serial numbers of products involved in fires help identify how similar fires can be prevented in the future.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission uses NFIRS data to help identify products that could cause fires and to develop safety tips to include in their free publications. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses NFIRS information to help identify fire risks in certain vehicles. The National Fire Protection Association uses NFIRS data in many of their analyses.
MFIRS is an automated system. For information for fire departments and software vendors on coding information, forms, electronic reporting, record layout information, software vendor approval, contact Derryl Dion in the Fire Data Unit at (978) 567-3382.