Alaska National Fire Information Reporting System (ANFIRS)
The Alaska National Fire Inicident Reporting System (ANFIRS)
objective is to help Alaska develop fire reporting and analysis capability for
our own use, and to obtain data that can be used to more accurately assess and
subsequently combat the fire problem at a State level. After we compile the data
from Alaska fire departments, we forward it to the United States Fire
Administration (USFA) where they gather and analyze information on the magnitude
of the Nation's fire problem, as well as its detailed characteristics and
There are many objectives of ANFIRS. The information provides data that is
utilized in development of methods of reducing deaths and injuries as well as
loss to personal property. It provides a measuring tool for comparison of areas
in the state and states throughout the United States.
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.
With the implementation of the new
Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS 5.0) in 2000, the Division of Fire and
Life Safety upgraded it's reporting system to meet this new standard.
With the transition to the new system the Division of Fire and Life Safety
implemented the following policies:
The State began using the new NFIRS 5.0 software on January 1, 2000. Incident
reports in the 4.1 format was accepted through December, 2000. By that time all
departments must have transitioned to the new format. The state will not accept
any incidents reported in other formats other than NFIRS 5.0. If a fire
department reports their incidents by any other means, their incidents will not
become part of the State statistics and the fire department will be considered
as "not reporting".
The NFIRS 5.0 reporting system is designed to be a computer based reporting
The Division of Fire and Life Safety will furnish paper forms for incident
reporting but only to the departments that have less than 5 fires per year. All
fire or related incidents must be reported to the Division of Fire and Life
Safety on a form approved by the Division of Fire and Life Safety (13 AAC
52.020). All others must report electronically.
Departments must report monthly. The reports are due by the 10th of every month for the previous month reports.
If a department did not have any fires for the previous month, the ANFIRS Program Manager must be notified of this. Departments can
notify Marie Collins by email, fax, phone call or any other means that is easiest for the Department. However,
if available, sending an email is the best way for notification.
The NFIRS 5.0 forms, Reference Guide, and coding questions and answers can be
In an effort to assist fire departments, the Division of Fire and Life Safety is
allowing the use of the Data Entry Brower Interface (DEBI); a web-based NFIRS program for Version 5.0.
NOTE: Internet connection will be necessary. This will be granted to fire
departments upon request and is at no cost to fire departments.
Departments must contact the Division of Fire and Life Safety ANFIRS State Program Manger to
establish a username and password to access the system.
The Federal Client Tool (FCT) is no longer available. DEBI has replaced the FCT.
Fire departments All departments must
report fires and related incidents as per
13 AAC 52.020. Departments not reporting as required may loose their
The Division of Fire and Life Safety publishes statewide fire statistics once a
year. These statistics include a list of all communities reporting up to that
time and fire loss data yearly.
For further information please contact:
5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone: (907) 269-5625
Fax: (907) 269-0102