Iowa Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division
Search WWW Search DPS Website

NFIRS Header Graphic

National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)

The State Fire Marshal Office is proud to offer Iowa Fire Departments a free web based NFIRS reporting software, Iowa Rescue Bridge, to report their incidents directly to the State Fire Marshal Office and US Fire Administration. There is no cost to Fire Departments to use the software program and departments do have the option to use other 3rd party software if they wish.

To get your department set up, you will need to designate at least one Fire Department Administrator from your department.  (It is possible to have more than one Fire Department Administrator, but ask that you limit it to no more than 2-3 per department.)  To set up your Fire Department Administrator, please fill out and submit this form: Fire Department Administrator Application Form

Once your department has a Fire Department Administrator, that individual will be in charge of setting up additional members of your fire department with access and permissions.  Click here to view Department Permission Groups.


NFIRS Training & Resources

The following basic training material are available to Fire Department Administrators and End Users.  For additional training topics, including videos, please visit ImageTrend University which can be found under the Help menu after logging into your Iowa Rescue Bridge account.

NEW: NFIRSGram: How to code a hoverboard fire

Iowa Rescue Bridge Training Resources

Monthly No Runs to Report (PDF)
Importing Fire Reports From Another 3rd party Software (PDF)
(Only departments that will not be switching their whole department to Iowa Rescue Bridge will need to be concerned with submission procedures to the state. All users of Iowa Rescue Bridge will have their reports automatically submitted to the state level.)
Fire Department Administrator Quick Guides

Fire Department Information and Setup:

Edit Fire Department Information(PDF)

Add/Edit Stations(PDF)

Add/Edit Vehicles(PDF)

Add/Edit Zones or Districts(PDF)

Add/Edit Mutual Aid Department Lists (PDF)

Staff Information and Setup(PDF)

Permission Groups (PDF)

Working with Inventory (PDF)


Fire Department Administrator Complete Reference Guide (PDF)
Rescue Bridge User Quick Guides

Personalizing the Dashboard(PDF)

Viewing Past Incident Reports through Incident List (PDF)

Add New Incident Run Reports(PDF) - (See below under US Fire Administration Training Resources for additional help in completing an accurate NFIRS report, including printable detailed code descriptions.)

Working with Inventory (PDF)

Monthly No Runs to Report (PDF)


Rescue Bridge User Complete Reference Guide (PDF)
Report Writer 2.0 (PDF)

Creating Standard Reports (PDF)

Creating Transactional Reports (PDF)

US Fire Administration Training Resources

NFIRS Paper Forms (PDF)
Complete NFIRS Reference Guide (PDF)

Basic Module - Printable Code Descriptions:

Incident Type (PDF)

Actions Taken (PDF)

Property Use (PDF)

Fire Module - Printable Code Descriptions:

Ignition Factors (PDF) - (Includes: Area of Origin, Heat Source, Item First Ignited, and Type of Material First Ignited)

Factors Contributing to Ignition (PDF)

Structure Fire Module - Printable Code Descriptions:

Item Contributing Most to Flame Spread (PDF)

Type of Material Contributing Most to Flame Spread (PDF)

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding filing NFIRS reports for your departments, viewing past submitted reports, or any other NFIRS related questions, please contact:

Jeannie Guttenfelder, Iowa NFIRS Program Manager
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Oran Pape State Office Building
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319


Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services
Terry Smith, Data Management
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
ImageTrend - Support
20855 Kensington Blvd
Lakeville, MN 55044




Iowa Department of Public Safety
State Fire Marshal Division
215 East 7th Street | Des Moines, Iowa 50319 | 515-725-6145

Policies | Contact Us | Site Map
Adobe Reader | Adobe Flash