2016 NFPA 901 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    NFPA 901 guidelines enable fire departments and other fire protection organizations to effectively report data.

    NFPA 901: Standard Classifications for Incident Reporting and Fire Protection Data is now more closely aligned with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to help keep everyone on the same page. Used by software developers along with end users, NFPA 901 establishes a common language and definitions that define and describe elements and classifications used by fire departments throughout the United States and other countries.

    Revised for better consistency with the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), NFPA 901 addresses:

    • Pre-incident environments, such as fire defense features of a structure
    • Fire and other emergency incidents
    • Post-incident damage assessments
    • Fire service data

    This document also offers a classification system for data captured by automated databases. NFPA 901 does not provide guidelines for a reporting system or related forms. (Print, 172 pp., 2016)


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  • Table of Contents (2016 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 901 Standard Classifications for Incident Reporting and Fire Protection Data, 2016 Edition

    Chapter 1 Introduction
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions. (Reserved)
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Objectives
    4.1 Abbreviations for States and Provinces.
    4.2 Abbreviations for Street Types.
    4.3 Objectives.
    4.4 Guiding Concepts for a Reporting System.
    4.5 Fact Finding.
    4.6 Data Processing.
    4.7 Data Use.
    4.8 Standard Classifications.
    4.9 Nonclassified Data.
    Chapter 5 Incident Identification and Location
    5.1 Purpose and Application.
    5.2 Limitations.
    5.3 Incident Number.
    5.4 Exposure Number.
    5.5 Shift.
    5.6 Number of Alarms.
    5.7 Incident Events.
    5.8 Day of Week.
    5.9 Incident Location.
    5.10 Business, Tenant, or Occupant.
    5.11 Property Owner.
    5.12 Fire Service Personnel.
    Chapter 6 Property Use
    6.1 Administration.
    6.2 Limitations.
    6.3 Discussion and Examples.
    6.4 Building Code Occupancy Class.
    6.5 General Property Use.
    6.6 Specific Property Use.
    6.7 Mobile Property.
    6.8 Property Management.
    6.9 On-Site Material.
    Chapter 7 Structure Characteristics
    7.1 Purpose and Application.
    7.2 Limitations.
    7.3 Definition of Structure.
    7.4 Structure Features.
    7.5 Allowable Occupancy.
    7.6 Compartment Characteristics.
    7.7 Compartment Quality.
    7.8 Roof Covering.
    7.9 External Exposure.
    7.10 Perimeter Access.
    7.11 Electrical Service Quality.
    7.12 Heating Service Quality.
    7.13 Control of Smoking Practices.
    7.14 Fuel Control.
    7.15 Obstacles to Rescue and Fire Control.
    Chapter 8 Incident Origin
    8.1 Purpose and Application.
    8.2 Discussion and Examples.
    8.3 Area of Fire Origin or Release of Hazardous Materials.
    8.4 Equipment Identification.
    8.5 Heat Source.
    8.6 Material Identification.
    8.7 Ignition.
    8.8 Level of Origin.
    8.9 Occupant of Room or Space of Origin at Time of Ignition.
    8.10 Activity Involved in Fire Start.
    8.11 Wildland Fuel Model.
    8.12 Fire Danger Rating Class.
    Chapter 9 Incident Growth and Spread
    9.1 Purpose and Application.
    9.2 Contributing Factors.
    9.3 Flame Development.
    9.4 Smoke Development.
    9.5 Fire Detection and Alarm.
    9.6 Weather Information.
    Chapter 10 Detection, Alarm, and Control Equipment
    10.1 Administration.
    10.2 Limitations.
    10.3 Automatic Detection.
    10.4 Automatic Alarm Transmission.
    10.5 Protection.
    10.6 Water Supply.
    10.7 Performance of Fire Spread Limitation Features.
    10.8 Performance of Exit System.
    Chapter 11 Fire Department Intervention
    11.1 Purpose.
    11.2 Limitations.
    11.3 Incident Type.
    11.4 Condition of Fire on Arrival.
    11.5 Type of Action Taken.
    11.6 Fire Suppression Factors.
    11.7 Method of Extinguishment.
    11.8 Fire Service Resources.
    11.9 Outside Fire Service Assistance.
    Chapter 12 Demographic Data
    12.1 Purpose and Application.
    12.2 Limitations.
    12.3 Discussion.
    12.4 Age/Date of Birth.
    12.5 Sex.
    12.6 Race and Origin.
    12.7 Affiliation.
    12.8 Relationships.
    12.9 Familiarity with the Incident Area.
    12.10 Location of Person with Relation to Point of Origin.
    12.11 Factors Preventing Escape.
    12.12 Mobility of Occupant.
    Chapter 13 Property and Human Loss
    13.1 Purpose and Application.
    13.2 Limitations.
    13.3 Summary Data.
    13.4 Extent of Damage.
    Chapter 14 Casualty Data
    14.1 Purpose and Application.
    14.2 Limitations.
    14.3 Case Severity.
    14.4 Apparent Symptom(s).
    14.5 Part(s) of Body.
    14.6 Casualty Type by Situation Found.
    14.7 Human Factors Contributing to Injury.
    14.8 Situational Factors Contributing to Injury.
    14.9 Medical Care for Casualty.
    14.10 Activity at Time of Injury.
    14.11 Regular Fire Service Work Assignment.
    14.12 Physical Condition at Time of Injury.
    14.13 Status of Injured Prior to Alarm at Which Injury Occurred.
    14.14 Activity at Time of Fire Service Injury or Accident.
    14.15 Where Fire Service Injury Occurred.
    14.16 Cause of Injury.
    14.17 Factor Contributing to Injury.
    14.18 Object Involved in Injury.
    14.19 Protective Equipment.
    Chapter 15 Prehospital Care
    15.1 Administration.
    15.2 Limitations.
    15.3 Discussion and Examples.
    15.4 Emergency Medical Responder.
    15.5 Patient Physical Condition.
    15.6 Cardiac Condition/Assessment.
    15.7 Prehospital Care Provided.
    15.8 Medication.
    15.9 Patient Disposition.
    15.10 Patient Transport Services.
    Chapter 16 Hazardous Materials Data
    16.1 Purpose and Application.
    16.2 Limitations.
    16.3 Discussion and Examples.
    16.4 Hazardous Materials Identification.
    16.5 Container Description.
    16.6 Release Information.
    16.7 Responsible Persons.
    16.8 Disposition of Incident.
    Chapter 17 Intentionally Set Fires
    17.1 Purpose and Application.
    17.2 Case Management.
    17.3 Personal Factors.
    17.4 Incendiary Devices.
    17.5 Scene Information.
    17.6 Juvenile Firesetter.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
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