Updating fire incident datareports when fire departments obtain new information, such as fire investigation results, could have the largest impact of any activity on
reducing the high percentage of serious fires reported as having undeterminedcausal data, according to a report released today by the National Association
of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (the NASFMFoundation). The NASFM Foundation refers to this activity as “Closing the
Loop” on a fire incident report.
With a 2011 Fire Prevention & Safety grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program, the NASFM Foundation’s research focused on addressing the problem of “unknowns” in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) – specifically, undetermined and/or missing data about causes of
fires in NFIRS. This problem seems to be especially prevalent for more serious fires, particularly those involving fatalities.