Although reporting your incident data may not be compulsory, the advantages far outweigh any downside. I’d like to begin by clearing up some misconceptions. Misconception #1: It’s a requirement. Yes or No; it depends where you live. Reporting to NFIRS is not a requirement from the national level. Some states directly require departments to submit … Continued
Although reporting your NFIRS incident data may not be compulsory, the advantages of reporting your incident data Â far outweigh any downsides. Before we get into why you should report your NFIRS data, Iâ€™d like to begin by clearing up some common misconceptions about NFIRS reporting. Misconception #1: Itâ€™s a requirement. Yes or No; it depends … Continued
Data matters…big time! As a decision-maker and fire service leader, you already know this. So how do you convince the data-doubters in your organization about the value of data?
â€œResearch has found that fire department personnel have a number of reasons why NFIRS reports are not as complete and accurate.”
Will data collection ever be as fun as packing out to go interior? Nope, probably not. But, there’s a reason it’s part of the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives: Good data drives the decisions that can prevent LODDs. It’s time we give it greater value in the American fire service.
The services fire departments deliver to their communities today are nothing short of remarkable: EMS, technical rescue, haz-mat, prevention, public education, car seat checks, complimentary blood pressure checks, fall injury prevention programs, community paramedicine, and of course, the occasional fire. Fire departments continue to epitomize customer service.
Behind each one of these services are myriad standards, regulations, or industry-accepted practices that guide fire departments to deliver services effectively and safely. It is with safety in mind that I’d like to discuss a standard that can be quite the elephant in the room–NFPA 1500. It’s not so much an elephant we don’t talk about, but it is the pachyderm that addresses nearly everything about fire department safety. This can make 1500 an overwhelming standard to follow.
So, how do you eat this elephant? Simple: One bite at a time.