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Fire Prevention Division

Frequently Asked Question


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  1. What is the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS)?
    • The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) is the system used to collect and maintain fire and other emergency incident data at the local, state and national levels.. The Tennessee branch of NFIRS is known as TFIRS(pronounced 'TEE-FURS'). NFIRS is managed by FEMA’s United States Fire Administration (USFA) and administered via coordinators in each state. Participating departments must be assigned a user account with username, state and password. Fire agencies input their data by exporting from a local database and uploading to the NFIRS database or by direct entry using a free downloadable application called the NFIRS Data Entry Tool. The deadline to file reports is ten(10) days from the date of occurrence of the fire(Tenn. Code Ann. 68-102-111). Departments may also key directly into NFIRS using the web-based Data Entry Browser Interface (DEBI), which doesn't require download and installation. The web-based Summary Output Reports Tool (SORT) outputs critical management data such as department response time, number of personnel responding, and number and type of equipment responding. Tennessee fire departments are strongly encouraged to participate in TFIRS and may receive more information by contacting TFIRS Coordinator Dennis Mulder ( ) at (615) 532-5753.

  2. What type of public fire safety and prevention education materials are available and how can I order them?
    • We stock limited quantities of brochures and other printed materials on subjects such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, residential sprinkler systems, hotel/motel fire safety and general tips for fire safety. In addition, we have numerous video tapes available for loan to fire departments and community groups. These tapes cover a range of topics from residential to industrial fire safety. Please contact our office at (615) 741-2981 if you need assistance.

  3. How do I become a state certified code inspector?
    • As of July 1, 1994, Tennessee Code Annotated 68-120-113, requires all persons who enforce provisions of the applicable building, fire, plumbing, and mechanical codes, while employed by a city or county, to be certified by the State Fire Marshal's Office. An applicant for this certification must show proof of successful completion of a recognized and acceptable training course and/or exam which tests their knowledge and skills of building or fire inspection. Additional information and an application may be obtained by contacting us at (615) 741-2981.

  4. What is Operation Fireline?
    • Operation Fireline is a program established by the National Volunteer Fire Council to aid in the recruitment of volunteer fire, rescue and emergency medical personnel. Anyone calling the national hotline number 1-800-FIRE-LINE (1-800-347-3546) will be connected to a central contact point in their state. In Tennessee this is the State Fire Marshal's Office. Their name and address will be forwarded to the volunteer units in their area as a potential new member.