Kansas Fire Incident Reporting System
Kansas Fire Incident Reporting System (KFIRS)
The Kansas Fire Incident Reporting System (KFIRS) is our state's version of the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) used across the United States. Kansas does not maintain a state central repository of reports. Instead, reports submitted to KFIRS are processed directly to NFIRS, meeting both programs at the same time. Statistics and reports are then compiled by collecting information directly from the NFIRS database housed in the National Fire Data Center. The terms NFIRS and KFIRS are used synonymously in Kansas.
KFIRS is an All Incident system designed to portray an accurate picture of what the Fire Service does for the citizens of Kansas, not just fighting fires. Locally, data can be used to implement public education programs, accurately explain equipment needs for departments, determine standards of cover information and watch/identify trends to include arsonists. After identifying problems, a prevention program can be developed and utilized. Many prevention programs rely on up-to-date reporting to aid public safety. This information is so valuable most grants require departments to be compliant with NFIRS before grant money will be awarded.
Whether small or large, fire departments are encouraged to understand their needs, and then, choose a program that will help them meet those needs. The eNFIRS system is a great option for fire departments who have fewer incidents to report and have limited resources. It is basic, easy-to-use, has several reports available, and it is free. For agencies needing software that contains personnel tracking, reporting of non-NFIRS activities, or advanced analytical features, a third party vendor is a good option.
To use the eNFIRS portal, go to https://www.nfirs.fema.gov and click “Register as a State & Local User.” Enter your information and await registration confirmation from OSFM staff.
Once approved, you can view, edit, or enter reports under your fire department. Having an eNFIRS account also gives you access to the NFIRS Data Warehouse. A tool which can be used to pull many standard data reports for your fire department (Incident Counts, Incident Types, Acres Burned, etc.)
Please note that you must be a member of a fire department to have an eNFIRS account. Users are also recommended to have individual accounts and not share accounts within their department.
There are many helpful training videos on eNFIRS and the NFIRS Data Warehouse at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfirs/training
Email William Hall with any NFIRS questions or queries or reach out at 785-296-4294.