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.
“In the constant battle to match critical resources to the needs in our communities, FireCARES and NFORS provide valuable information designed to decrease overall community risks and vulnerability. The overarching goal of both FireCARES and NFORS is to assist in making sound decisions, based on quantifiable data that will provide for safe, effective, and efficient emergency response services.”
“NFORS was created and designed to be a tool for fire chiefs to assess their resources deployment and operational performance, thereby helping to improve safety for both citizens and firefighters. My Chief Officers and I use NFORS to make daily decisions regarding personnel decontamination and unit exhaustion, and it provides us a method to look at our performance, through multiple frames of reference, in real time. NFORS is an essential planning and budgeting tool that provides a granular look at the capability and capacity or fire department resources within the community.”
“FireCARES assesses community risks and fire department response to risk events. It is a big-data analytical system that can be used with NFORS to provide powerful insights into resource deployment and on-scene operations. Both of these tools leverage the results of the landmark NIST studies on residential and high-rise fires, bringing scientific accuracy to deployment decisions and firefighter safety.”
“IPSDI is empowering fire departments to harness the power of their data to better protect their communities with two cutting edge data science solutions. FireCARES is a platform that takes the complex issue of data analysis and develops tools to make data useful for the fire service. It is becoming a total launch point for the fire service to recognize the power of data and the value of quality data entry. NFORS brings real-time visualization of fire service effectiveness and efficiency right to the department so they can gain insights and save lives.”
“The need for fire service leaders to provide transparency in their actions, make decisions based on hard data, promote a culture that can adapt quickly and innovate with creativity, is the new normal. FireCARES and NFORS serve as contemporary tools for agencies wishing to improve as it provides easy access to necessary risk and performance data. Such data are foundational in the Commission on Fire Accreditation International accreditation process where agencies self-assess their organization to determine risk and safety needs for the community, evaluate performance, align resources and establish methods to continuously improve.”