All fires that cause damage to property, injuries or fatalities, or which require fire department resources to suppress, must be reported to the Office of the Fire Commissioner through the FIRE System. Fire reporting provides data for the Office of the Fire Commissioner’s annual fire loss report and supports fire prevention activities, such 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.
More information can be found in the fire reporting manual introduction. (PDF)