NIFSC National Incident Reporting System (NIRS)

Reporting a fire takes minutes!

Meet NIRS Coordinator Laurie Sallis as she explains the value of the National Incident Reporting System (NIRS) and how participating in the NIRS serves to empower Indigenous communities.

What is the National Incident Reporting System?

The National Incident Reporting System (NIRS) is a unique database managed by the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council (NIFSC) Project that gathers, stores, and analyses fire incident data from Indigenous communities. By reporting fire incidents, the NIRS will be able to analyse the causes, origins, and circumstances of fires to identify risks and draw attention to areas of concern at a local, provincial, and national level.

Reporting fire incidents, and collecting this data, will also help identify trends, deficits, and emerging risks as well as inform future education, infrastructure, and economic planning.

Why is it important to report a fire incident?

Reporting a fire incident helps us to identify gaps in fire protection within Indigenous communities and supports the reduction of fire-related injuries, property damages, and loss of life.

It also supports long-term decision making to ensure that First Nations/Métis and Inuit are offered the same level of protection and education as others.

By understanding why and how fires occur, we can bring direct attention to the root causes and prevent future fires from happening.

How to Report a Fire Incident Online

To complete a fire incident report online, please click here to access a fillable web and PDF form. The web and pdf form can be submitted online through web and by email. The pdf form can also be downloaded and submitted by mail.

How to Report a Fire Incident by Phone

To report a fire incident by phone, please contact NIFSC at 1-888-444-6811 and ask to report a fire incident. A specialist from our team will be happy to assist you in completing the form.

If you are already familiar with your regional Delivery Specialist, please contact them directly for further assistance.

If you have questions or concerns about the NIRS, reach out to NIRS Coordinator Laurie Sallis at Laurie.Sallis@indigenousfiresafety.ca

NIRS Current State

ONE

Incident takes place.

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Community member reports the incident to the NIRS and the incident is entered into a secure, Canadian controlled repository with similar data from across Canada.

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Data is secured and will be encrypted via various security measures.

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Data organized and analyzed.

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Trends will be identified as data matures and incidents are recorded over time.

NIRS Future State (2024 and beyond)

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Trends and information are shared back with communities and regional organizations to target future initiatives.

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Information is used for planning public education initiatives and addressing resource needs to improve training and public safety.

eight

Incident rates decrease over time due to increased knowledge of risks.

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Fire and life safety practices, knowledge and public education improve supporting safer communities.

FEEDBACK TO STEP 7

Who should report fires?

Anyone can report a fire – the Band office, Chief and Council, the volunteer fire department or a nearby fire department, police or RCMP, an insurance company, or a community member, among others.

What are the benefits of the NIRS, and reporting fire incidents, for communities?

The goal of the NIRS is to reduce fire-related injuries and deaths, as well as reduce the loss of property. Fire incidents from across the country will be analyzed and used to target overall fire and life safety education, programs, and services in communities. It will also inform and support future investments that yield the greatest impact.

Fire incident data is an important resource for communities. It provides insight into the challenges and success stories from other communities. By using the system, we can identify gaps in fire safety programming and then focus on those key areas.

What are the benefits of the NIRS for Chief and Council?

The NIRS will inform the development and prioritization of appropriate fire prevention, educational programing, infrastructure, and economic planning. It will also help direct future investments to address root causes to support safer communities. 

The NIFSC Project is an Indigenous-led organization focused on supporting capacity building and resiliency in all Indigenous communities. Having a national organization like the NIFSC Project oversee data collection ensures an Indigenous approach (for us, by us), placing community safety at the core of its mission and purpose.

Since there is not a national jurisdictional responsibility for fire services, the amount and type of information kept by the provinces also varies widely. Having a national fire incident database allows communities to benefit from lessons learned across the country.

What are the benefits for National and Regional Indigenous Organizations?

The trends identified in the NIRS will support evidence-based decision making to inform the development and prioritization of appropriate fire prevention, education, infrastructure, and economic planning. It will also help direct future investments to address the root causes of fire-related incidents to support safer communities through the compilation and dissemination 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.

Who will oversee the NIRS and the data collected?

The NIFSC Project, with support from the Indigenous Fire Marshal’s Service (IFMS), the delivery arm of the NIFSC Project, will oversee the collection and analysis of the fire incident data in partnership with Indigenous communities in order to improve fire safety and prevention at the local level.  The NIFSC Project will fund a position that is focused on the analysis of the data to identify risks and concerns to inform decision making and resource allocation. 

How will the fire incident data be used?

The goal of the NIRS is to identify gaps in fire protection on-reserve and support decision making to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are offered the same level of protection as others. The data from fire incident reporting will be used to support fire prevention and education, training, infrastructure and economic planning, the standardized building inspection processes, and inspection frameworks to ensure quality and standards are met. 

How will the data be stored and protected?

Data will be stored on a cloud platform to ensure data sovereignty. The access to data will be granted to authorized users only and will be encrypted via various security measures (multi-factor authentication, advanced firewalls, event logging, internet firewalls, encryption, and physical security measures) to ensure that the data is protected.

Does the NIFSC and the NIRS have a privacy policy?

How are fire incidents reported?

Option 1: Submit the web form

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Go to NIRS website.

Step 3: Click Report an Incident.

Step 4: Fill the web form.

Step 5: Submit the completed form.

Step 6: Data will be logged in the database.

Step 7: A copy of the report will be sent to the person submitting the form to the email address provided on the form.

Option 2: Download the PDF Form and email the form

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Go to NIRS website.

Step 3: Click Report an Incident.

Step 4: Download the fillable PDF form.

Step 5: Print the PDF form.

Step 6: Fill the form.

Step 7: Scan the filled form.

Step 8: Save the copy of the form for your records.

Step 9: Email the scanned form to NIRS@indigenousfiresafety.ca

Step 10: The incident will be incorporated into the database.

Option 3: Download the PDF form and mail the completed form to NIRS

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Go to NIRS website.

Step 3: Click Report an Incident.

Step 4: Download the fillable PDF form.

Step 5: Print the PDF form.

Step 6: Fill the form.

Step 7: Photocopy and maintain the copy of the form for your records.

Step 8: Mail the filled form to NIRS
12411 Dawson Place
Maple Ridge, BC
V4R 2L6

Step 9: The incident will be incorporated into the database.

Option 4: Call NIRS toll free number

1-888-444-6811

Step 1: Report the incident over the phone.

Step 2: The incident will be reported on your behalf and a copy will be emailed to you for your records.