What’s in it For Me? Benefits of the NIRS

Mar 12, 2021 | Newsletter 2021 03 March

What’s in it For Me? Benefits of the NIRS

By understanding why and how fires occur, we can bring direct attention to the root causes and prevent future fires from happening. The long-term decision making that becomes possible with access to Indigenous-specific data is an important step in ensuring that Indigenous Peoples are offered the same level of protection as others.


Despite everyone’s best efforts, fires will happen, and this is where communities will benefit from the NIRS. Local emergency services will be able to report on the fire incidents as they happen. This collection of community-level information will allow for the sharing of fire prevention, training, and standards resources — allowing for the development of programs that will have the most impact on community safety.
Fire incident data are an important resource for communities. Each community is different — collecting fire incident data will add another layer to community fire and life safety, especially when combined with other NIFSC Project resources, such as Home Safety Assessments and Community Safety Assessments.

Community Leadership

The NIRS offers community leadership the opportunity to use evidence-based information to guide the development and prioritization of appropriate fire prevention strategies, educational programing, infrastructure needs, and economic planning. Without national jurisdictional responsibility for fire services, the amount and type of information kept by the provinces also varies widely. The NIRS allows community leadership to benefit from and make informed decisions based on lessons learned across the country and helps direct future investments to yield the greatest impact.

National Indigenous Organizations and Regional Indigenous Organizations

National Indigenous Organizations (NIOs) and Regional Indigenous Organizations (RIOs) will also benefit from the NIRS. The trends identified in the analysis of fire incident data will support evidence-based decision making to develop and prioritize appropriate fire prevention, education initiatives, training, infrastructure needs, and economic planning. It will also help direct future investments to address the root causes of fire-related incidents. This will support safer communities through the collection and sharing of national fire loss statistics. Having access to fire statistics supports evidence-informed decision making with respect to operational decisions, policy development, and in promoting public awareness about the dangers of fire.

Submitting an Incident Report is as Easy as 1-2-3

The reporting system is designed so that anyone — Band office, Community Leadership, fire department, emergency personnel, insurance company, or community member — can report an incident. We’ve made the process as easy as possible. In fact, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Go to the NIFSC website and access the fillable web form or printable/emailable PDF.
  2. Fill out the incident report. For assistance with the form or to fill it out over the phone, call the NIFSC Project at 1-888-444-6811.
  3. Submit the web form online or email/mail the PDF.