Fire incident reporting

All fires that have caused damage to property, injuries or fatalities, or that required fire department resources to suppress, must be reported to the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC).

These pages provide guidance in completing fire fire incident reports, including entering required information, fire data codes and location codes for reporting within your jurisdiction.

Why report?

In addition to being a legislated requirement (as per Fire Services Act, Part 1, Section 9), fire reporting provides data for the OFC’s annual fire loss report and supports fire prevention activities, as well as:

  • Developing public education materials and programs
  • Researching trends
  • Identifying emerging risks
  • Updating legislation, regulations and codes

Fire departments, insurance companies, the real estate industry, architects, building designers, building inspection departments, academic and medical researchers, and government agencies also use the fire reporting data for a variety of policy, planning and research purposes.

The more complete the fire reporting data is, the more beneficial it is for departments to use the information for their own needs and for the OFC to answer questions raised by citizens.