NFPA Data Solutions

Interactive tools enabling fire data analytics

NFPA’s Data Solutions Portal is a growing suite of online platforms for fire and safety officials, researchers, and the public to explore and analyze data in new and innovative ways. The tools below were developed by NFPA data scientists and researchers using a variety of techniques designed to both help analyze specific problems and showcase different ways that data can be used in the community. 

  • Property Inspection Prioritization (PIP): PIP is an interactive tool designed to help building inspectors evaluate and compare the inspection priorities of different buildings. PIP seeks to replicate the assessments of an experienced fire inspector by drawing on data from seven building attributes combined with a machine learning algorithm trained on data provided by over 100 experienced building inspectors.
 
 

  • National Fire Incidents, Incident Casualties, and Remembering When™ Map: This data visualization tool provides users with the unique ability to explore and compare two national data sets comprised of fire incident and related data. The tool provides a dynamic platform that maps historical data on fires across the United States using NFPA’s custom geolocation of information from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System. The same platform also supports NFPA’s Remembering When program (fire and fall prevention program for older adults) by identifying and comparing locations with elevated risks based upon data from the Centers for Disease Control and the US Census Bureau.
 
 
  • Fire Department Comparison: NFPA is testing this tool to allow fire departments to see how their own department compares to similar departments. The tool uses a combination of fire department and, fire experience survey data with census demographic information   to enable departments to see how their resources and response incidents compare to similar departments across the country. Note: Access is currently restricted to select fire departments.
 Fire department mapping tool
 
  • Coming soon! Fire Service Needs Assessment Tool: This tool, based on the NFPA Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service (2001-2015), and allows for the creation of customizable data reports and state fact sheets with a focus on training, fitness and health, personal protective equipment, apparatus, and community risk reduction activities.
 
 
  • Coming soon Fire Risk Assessment Tool for High Rise Buildings with Combustible Exterior Wall Assemblies: This tool provides a risk assessment methodology to help global authorities assess risks and prioritize inspection and remediation efforts for the high-rise buildings with exterior wall assemblies containing combustible components.
 

Creating a collaborative platform
NFPA's goal is expand our Data Solutions offerings by providing an innovative, secure, test-bed or “sandbox” where your big and small data can be combined with other data, analyzed and utilized so you can fulfill your fire protection, life safety, community engagement and business objectives. Visit our Data Solutions community to stay abreast of the latest news and discussions and help us build this vision.  

Please e-mail us sandbox@nfpa.org with feedback, questions, and suggestions. If you have thoughts on working with NFPA to develop new tools using your own data, let us know! We are always looking for new project ideas.