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Fire Data and Statistics

Information about fire and burn data and statistics in MA

The Division of Fire Safety maintains the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS) and the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS). By analyzing this data, we can see what causes fires and burns, determine if problems are getting better or worse and develop appropriate prevention plans.

Fire Data and Statistics

The Division of Fire Safety maintains the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS) and the Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS). By analyzing this data, we can see what causes fires and burns, determine if problems are getting better or worse and develop appropriate prevention plans.

Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS)

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.

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Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS) Statistics

Fire departments must report any fire or explosion resulting in a dollar loss or human casualty to the Division of Fire Safety by law. 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 of the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System, which is used to answer statistical questions about fire.

For fire data requests or copies of older reports, contact the Fire Data Unit at (978) 567-3382.

MFIRS Statistical Reports
Annual Fact Sheets Executive Summaries Annual Reports Annual County Data Annual Suffolk County Data
2017 Fact Sheet        
2016 Fact Sheet     2016 County Profiles Included in County Profiles
2015 Fact Sheet     2015 County Profiles Included in County Profiles
2014 Fact Sheet 2014 MFIRS Executive Summary 2014 Annual Report 2014 County Profiles
Included in County Profiles
2013 Fact Sheet   2013 Annual Report 2013 County Profiles 2013 Suffolk Co. Data
2012 Fact Sheet   2012 Annual Report 2012 County Profiles 2012 Suffolk Co. Data

 

Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (MBIRS)

The Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS) is a tool to catch arsonists who may burn themselves while lighting a fire and then attempt to avoid detection by seeking medical treatment at a distance from the crime scene. It is also a powerful database for burn prevention. Each year the burn injury data is analyzed to produce an annual statistical report which is shared with hospitals and injury prevention professionals. By law, health care providers must report burns covering 5% or more of a person's body surface to the State Fire Marshal.

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  • Report by phone and fax: Call (800) 474-3443 AND mail the burn injury report form to: M-BIRS, Department of Fire Services, P.O. Box 1025, Stow, MA 01775

Because hospitals' emergency room staff is constantly changing, here is an explanatory pamphlet for medical personnel.

Physicians and hospitals should contact the Research Analyst in the Fire Data & Public Education Unit for forms or with questions on reporting procedures at (978) 567-3382.

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M-BIRS Annual Reports

The Mass. Burn Injury Reporting System is a joint program between the Mass. Department of Public Health and the Department of Fire Services. In addition to being a tool for law enforcement, it is a powerful injury prevention tool for health educators and policy makers.

For fire data requests or copies of older reports, contact the Fire Data Unit at (978) 567-3382.

M-BIRS Annual Reports
2015 M-BIRS Annual Report
2014 M-BIRS Annual Report
2013 M-BIRS Annual Report
2012 M-BIRS Annual Report
2011 M-BIRS Annual Report

 

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