National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)


Illinois Fire Departments are required by State Law to report all incidents to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) which is administered by the United States Fire Administration.  Data submission can be done in one of three ways:

  • Entering incidents using the Federal Data Entry Tool (DET) software that can be installed on multiple computers
  • Entering incidents using the web-based DEBI Application.  
  • Importing data NFIRS from third party vendor software.

The Data Entry Tool Version 5.9xx is a modified and improved National Fire Incident Reporting System that has been designed as a tool for fire departments to report and maintain computerized records of fires and other FD incidents in a uniformed manner. NFIRS 5.9xx was developed by the United States Fire Administration (USFA) in partnership with National Fire Information Council (NFIC). Additional information on NFIRS 5.9xx can be found by visiting the NFIRS web site and clicking on “Active users – log in to NFIRS".

The Data Entry Browser Interface (DEBI) is an easy way to report incidents to NFIRS. Any computer can be used, as long as continual internet access is supplied. No download is required and there is no locally installed software to maintain. DEBI and the other web-based tools work best with Firefox browser. DO NOT USE GOOGLE CHROME with the DEBI tool.

Third party software must be certified by the USFA. For a list vendor certification, information please check the NFIRS Approved 3rd Party Vendor list.

Contact Us

Please contact our office if you have any questions or issues about your NFIRS reporting. Please include your FDID number when you fill out the contact form.