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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Reports and fire incident reporting

Minnesota Fire Incident Reporting System

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Contact the State Fire Marshal Division Information Management Team if you have questions regarding incident reporting, MFIRS, NFIRS and ImageTrend!

​Please email questions, comments and inquires to the Information Management Team Email Address: fm.data.team@state.mn.us​

Individual team member contact information can be found here

How ​many fire departments use it?

The State Fire Marshal Division appreciates the efforts of Minnesota fire departments that submit data via the Minnesota Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS). More than 98 percent of the state's fire departments have submitted data online the past several years.​

Photo of Fire in Minnesota report cover. Why report?

This information is essential if we are to understand and effectively combat the fire problem in Minnesota. It allows the SFMD to focus on real fire problems rather than popular perceptions. On the local level, this data provides information to help focus on prevention efforts. It also assists with budget planning for staffing and equipment.

Who uses this data?

Fire data is requested on a daily and weekly basis by the media, the public, the fire service and the fire protection community. It is used to support legislative initiatives and to guide public fire safety and prevention campaigns. The information is also compiled in our annual Fire in Minnesota report.

MFIRS self-study course

There are no classes scheduled at this time. You may request training by contacting the Information Management Team​ within the State Fire Marshal Division. Get a few departments together and sponsor a training session to learn how to get the most from your state-sponsored incident reporting program. 

Lessons Learned: The November 2019 Minneapolis High-Rise Fire

The Minneapolis Fire Department was dispatched to a high-rise building at 630 Cedar Ave. S. for an “alarms sounding” call at 3:56 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered an interior building fire on the 14th floor. Five people died in this fire, and multiple people were injured.​​

This​ report identifies factors present in the building that led to multiple deaths and injuries, and determines​ strategies that could prevent future such tragic fires.

Home Electrical Fire Report

The Home Electrical Fire Report​ examines electrical fires reported by fire departments to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) using the Minnesota Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS). More than 95 percent of the state’s fire departments enter data into MFIRS, the statewide fire reporting system.

This report looks at home electrical fires only. Homes are defined as one- and two-family dwellings and apartment buildings. Electrical fires in commercial buildings and other residential buildings (hotels, dormitories, shelters, and similar types of facilities) are excluded.

The data is from Jan.1, 2004, through Dec. 31, 2019.

Mutual Aid Equipment Inventory Reporting

Here is a checklist on how to report apparatus for use availability for State and Regional Emergency Operation Centers (EOC).  It has been requested that all fire services enter their information into the state reporting system (ImageTrend).