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Statistics Data Fields 

The following are data fields available in the New Zealand Fire Service Incident database. Not all fields are available for all incidents. In general the Incident, General, Equipment and Response groups are available for all incidents, other groups are available only as relevant. Casualty information relates to fire casualties only, not other emergencies. All fields are available, as applicable, from the beginning of 2001. Information prior to this is available from various start dates. Requests for data should be directed to smsadmin@fire.org.nz.

 

Group

Field Name

Field Description

Incident

ActionPrior

The significant actions taken by occupant or passer-by prior to fire service arrival

Incident

ActionTaken

The main action taken by fire fighters at the incident

Incident

AddressNumber

Street/road number of incident

Incident

AddressStreet

Street/road name of incident

Incident

AlarmLevel

Indicates severity of incident 1 = low, 5 = very high

Incident

AlarmMethod

The method by which fire services were first alerted about the incident. How call was originated (111, direct alarm, etc.)

Incident

CADNumber

Incident Number. The unique incident identifier assigned by the dispatch system

Incident

CommonName

The common place name of the location

Incident

DelayApp1

The reason for any delay in arrival of the first arriving fire suppression resource (appliance, helicopter etc)

Incident

DelayInCall

The reason for any delay in the person calling the fire service, if known

Incident

DistanceTravelled

The distance travelled to the incident, in kilometres

Incident

ICADEventType

The initial description of the type of incident which determines the type of fire service response

Incident

IncidentType

The final classification of the type of Incident

Incident

MapGridE

The NZTM easting that represents the location to which fire services were responded

Incident

MapGridN

The NZTM northing that represents the location to which fire services were responded

Incident

PFANumber

The identifier for the Private Fire Alarm which initiated the emergency call

Incident

RiskClassification

A deprecated classification of the general risk for the response zone where the incident was located. Prior to 1998 this is the only means of determining fire jurisdiction

Incident

StartDateTime

The date/time the incident was notified to the fire service dispatch system

Incident

Status

Status of incident in the database - New / Closed / Incomplete/Industrial Action (never completed because of industrial action)

Incident

StopDateTime

date/time the incident was closed in the dispatch system

Incident

Suburb

Suburb location of incident

Incident

Zone

The Emergency Service Zone used within the dispatch system to determine the nature of the fire service response

General

BuildingOwner

The owner of the property involved in the incident ( Owner occupied, State owned, Housing New Zealand, Rented, Unknown)

General

CivAssisted

The number of civilians assisted in the course of the incident.-Defaults to 0

General

CivEvacuated

The number of civilians evacuated in the course of the incident.-Defaults to 0

General

CivExtricated

The number of civilians extricated during the course of the incident-Defaults to 0

General

CivRescued

The number of civilians rescued from the incident - Defaults to 0

General

GenPropertyUse

The overall use of the property or complex

General

PersonsTrapped

Yes/No field to indicate whether any persons were reported to be trapped, at any stage of the incident (regardless of outcome).

General

SpecPropertyUse

The specific use of the property within a larger property

Response

ArrivalTime

The arrival date/time for the responding unit

Response

Callsign

The emergency vehicle radio call sign

Response

DepartedDateTime

The time/date the emergency unit departed the incident scene

Response

DepartedTime

The date/time the emergency unit left the incident, as received from the dispatch system

Response

DistrictCode

The District as defined in under section 26 of the Fire Services Act (1975) in which the New Zealand Fire Service unit is based

Response

EnrouteTime

The date/time the unit responded to the incident, as received from the dispatch system

Response

StationAlertTime

The date/time the base station for each responding unit was alerted to the incident by the dispatch system

Response

StationCode

The identifier of the Station where the responding fire service unit is based

Response

StationType

The authority under which the station operates, New Zealand Fire Service, NRFA, Defence or Industrial Brigade

Response

StationTypeCode

Station Type - V = Volunteer, P = Paid, R = Rural, C = Composite, I = Industrial, D = Defence

Response

UnitType

The type of emergency unit (indicates the type of equipment available on the unit)

Equipment

Equipment

The items of equipment used to control the incident

Equipment

EquipmentQuantity

The number or amount of each item of equipment used to control the incident

Fire

AlarmsInvolved

Yes/No field - was there a smoke alarm, fire detection  or automatic-extinguishment system involved in detecting the fire?

Fire

ArrivalCondition

The condition of the fire on arrival of the first fire appliance at the fireground

Fire

Cause

The cause of the fire. Use in conjunction with CauseCertaintyPct field

Fire

CauseAge

The age of the person involved in the Cause of the fire

Fire

CauseCertaintyPcnt

The degree of confidence that the fire fighter has in the determination of the cause of the incident. High = 1, Medium = 2, Low = 3

Fire

EquipMake

The brand / trade name of the item identified in Equipment involved, if known, in free format

Fire

Equipment Involved

The equipment that provided the heat that started the fire

Fire

EquipModel

The model of the item identified in Equipment Involved, if known, in free format

Fire

EquipYear

The year of manufacture of the item identified in Equipment Involved, in free format

Fire

Ethnicity

The ethnicity of the person involved in the Cause of the fire

Fire

Evacuation

Type of evacuation carried out and its progress.

Fire

ExpDistance

Exposures Only – Distance of the exposed structure from initial fire in unspecified units

Fire

ExpHeatTransfer

Exposures Only – The primary means by which heat was transferred to the exposed structure

Fire

ExposureNumber

Signifies this incident was caused by “exposure” to another incident. E.g., a vehicle fire may ignite surrounding vegetation.

Fire

ExpRoofMaterial

Principal construction material of roof – Exposed structures Only

Fire

ExpSurfMaterial

Principal construction material of wall cladding – Exposed structures Only

Fire

FireDetectFailure

The reason for the failure of the smoke alarm, fire detection  or automatic-extinguishment system

Fire

FireDetectPerform

Role the smoke alarm, fire detection  or automatic-extinguishment system played in detecting the fire

Fire

FireDetectType

The type of smoke alarm, fire detection  or automatic-extinguishment system installed at the scene

Fire

Gender

The gender of the person involved in the Cause of the fire (Options are U/M/F)

Fire

HeatSource

The ignition source of the fire.

Fire

NumSprinkler

The number of sprinkler heads operated

Fire

Obj1Ignited

The first object ignited in the fire

Fire

Obj1Material

The material of which the first item ignited was made

Fire

Origin Location

The room, space or point of origin of the fire or spill within the specific property

Fire

PctPropertySaved

Approximate proportion of the property not affected by flame damage

Fire

TermStage

The stage the fire had reached prior to extinguishment

Structure

AreaFireControl

The area of the structure in square metres damaged by fire control

Structure

AreaFlame

The area of the structure in square metres damaged by heat and flame

Structure

AreaSmoke

The area of the structure in square metres damaged by smoke

Structure

AreaStructure

The total floor area of the structure in square metres, calculated using formula: Length (m) x Width (m) x Number of Floors in the building, including basements

Structure

AreaWater

The area of the structure damaged by fire fighting water

Structure

AvenueFlame

The factor most influencing the 3-dimensional direction of travel of flame

Structure

AvenueSmoke

The factor most influencing the 3-dimensional direction of travel of smoke

Structure

BuildingAge

The age of the building, by best estimation

Structure

ConstructionType

The construction of the main structural frame of the building

Structure

DamageFireControl

A description of the extent of fire control damage to the structure

Structure

DamageFlame

A description of the extent of flame damage to the structure

Structure

DamageSmoke

A description of the extent of smoke damage to the structure

Structure

DamageWater

A description of the extent of water damage to the structure

Structure

Level of Origin

The level of origin of the fire eg Ground floor.

Structure

LiningCeiling

The material used to line the ceiling of the structure

Structure

LiningInternal

The material used to line the internal walls of the structure

Structure

MaterialMostFlame

The material generating most flame at the fire

Structure

MaterialMostSmoke

The material generating most smoke at the fire

Structure

NumFloors

The number of floors in the building, including basements

Structure

Value Lost

Approximate value of damage to the structure calculated by quantity survey tables and using specific property use field, expressed in current dollar value terms

Vegetation

AreaGorse

The area of gorse burnt in the fire in square metres

Vegetation

AreaGrassland

The area of grassland burnt in the fire in square metres

Vegetation

AreaIndigForest

The area of native forest burnt in the fire in square metres

Vegetation

AreaPlanForest

The area of plantation forest burnt in the fire in square metres

Vegetation

AreaScrub

The area of scrub burnt in the fire in square metres

Vegetation

AreaTotalVeg

The total area of vegetation burnt - the sum of the areas of individual vegetation types

Vegetation

AreaTussock

The area of tussock burnt in the fire in square metres

Vegetation

AreaWetland

The area of wetland burnt in the fire in square metres

Vegetation

FireSeason

The fire season status assigned by the Rural Fire Authority.

Vegetation

Permitted

Indicates whether a permit was issued for the initial fire

FireWeather

BUI

Calculated Build Up Index (BUI) for the nearest weather station - Numerical rating of total amount of fuel available for combustion that combines DMC and DC below

FireWeather

DangerForest

Calculated index from low to extreme based on daily indices and a standard fuel load for forest

FireWeather

DangerGrassland

Calculated index from low to extreme based on daily indices and a standard fuel load for grassland of 3.5 tonnes/ha.

FireWeather

DangerScrub

Calculated index from low to extreme based on daily indices and a standard fuel load for scrub of 20 tonnes/ha

FireWeather

DC

Calculated Drought Code (DC) for the nearest weather station - Numerical rating of average moisture content of deep, compact, organic layers. Useful indicator of seasonal drought effects on forest fuels, amount of smouldering in deep duff layers & large logs

FireWeather

DMC

Calculated  Duff Moisture Code (DMC) for the nearest weather station – Numerical rating of average moisture content of loosely compacted organic layers of moderate depth. Indicates fuel consumption in moderate duff layers & medium-size woody material

FireWeather

FFMC

Calculated Fine Fuel Moisture Code (FFMC) for the nearest weather station - A numerical rating of the moisture content of litter and other cured fine fuels. This code is an indicator of the relative ease of ignition and flammability of fine fuel

FireWeather

FWI

Calculated Fire Weather Index (FWI) for the nearest weather station - Numerical rating of fire intensity that combines ISI and BUI. Suitable as a general index of fire danger throughout forested & rural areas

FireWeather

Humidity

Fire weather from the nearest weather station  relative humidity. The relative humidity observation for the weather station at 12:00 NZST on the day of the incident.

FireWeather

ISI

Calculated Initial Spread Index (ISI) for the nearest weather station - Numerical rating of expected rate of fire spread. Combines effects of wind & FFMC on rate of spread without the influence of variable quantities of fuel

FireWeather

Rainfall

The rainfall total (mm) for the previous 24 hours for the nearest weather station at 12:00 NZST on the day of the incident.

FireWeather

Temperature

The temperature observation (deg C)for the nearest weather station at 12:00 NZST on the day of the incident.

FireWeather

VegStationcode

The identifier for the nearest weather station for which data is available for the day of the incident

FireWeather

VegWindDirection

The instantaneous wind direction observation for the nearest weather station at 12:00 NZST on the day of the incident

FireWeather

VegWindSpeed

The instantaneous wind speed observation (km/hr) for the nearest weather station at 12:00 NZST on the day of the incident

Casualty

AgeApprox

The approximate age of the person injured in a fire in years

Casualty

Apparent Injury1

The most serious apparent injury suffered by the person at a fire

Casualty

Bleeding

Indicates whether the injured person suffered bleeding or any other leakage of body fluids. Yes/No field

Casualty

CasEthnicity

The ethnic origin of the fire casualty

Casualty

CasualtyNumber

The number of fire casualties at any particular fire

Casualty

ConditionPrior

The state of the victim prior to injury contracted at the fire

Casualty

EscapePrevFactor

The most significant factor preventing the escape of the victim at a fire

Casualty

Familiarity

The length of time the victim at a fire was acquainted with the surroundings

Casualty

FFAction

The type of aid administered by fire fighter to assist the casualty at a fire

Casualty

Gender

The gender of the injured person Options are Unknown/Male/Female

Casualty

InjuryActivity

The activity in which the victim at a fire was engaged on becoming injured

Casualty

InjuryCause

The cause of the injury incurred at a fire

Casualty

InjurySeverity

Severity of injury ranging from slight to fatal

Casualty

LocationFound

The location in the room of the victim at a building fire

Casualty

LocationIgnition

The location of the victim at the time of ignition of the fire

Casualty

RemovalMethod

The method employed to remove the victim from the fire ground

Casualty

RoomFound

The room where the victim at a building fire was found

Casualty

VictimAwareness

The victim’s level of awareness of the fire

Hazard

Contamination

The type of ecological environments contaminated by a hazardous substance leakage

Hazard

HazDetectFailure

The reason for the failure of the hazardous substances detectors

Hazard

HazDetectPerform

The performance of the hazardous substances detector in the room or space where the incident occurred

Hazard

HazDetectType

The type of hazardous substance detector present

Hazard

LeakCause

The cause of the leakage of hazardous material

Hazard

PopulationDens

A coarse indicator of the density of the human population in the area affected by a hazardous substance leak

Hazard

PrimaryAdvice

The primary source of advice given to fire fighters for hazardous substance incidents

Hazard

PriorActivation

Activation of detection and control systems in Hazardous substance incidents

Hazard

PriorControl

Attempts made prior to fire service arrival to control or contain the hazardous substance leakage

Hazard

SecondaryAdvice

The secondary source of advice given to fire fighters in hazardous chemical incidents

Hazard

SpreadExtent

The extent of the spread of the hazardous substances incident on arrival

Hazard

WindDirection

The wind direction at the time of fire service arrival at a hazardous substance incident

Hazard

WindSpeed

The wind speed at the time of fire service arrival at a hazardous substance incident

Chemical

ChemicalNumber

The number of chemicals involved in the incident

Chemical

Class

The Classification number of the chemical substance involved in the incident

Chemical

ContainerLabeled

Indicates whether the container was labelled

Chemical

DispMethod

The method used to dispose of the chemical

Chemical

DispOrgResponsible

The organisation responsible for the disposal of the chemical substance

Chemical

DispPlace

The place where the chemical substance was disposed of

Chemical

LeakageFrom

The item from which the chemical substance leaked

Chemical

LeakQuantity

The quantity of the chemical leakage or spillage – by weight or volume as relevant

Chemical

NumContainers

The number of containers which were spilled or leaked

Chemical

TradeName

The name of the chemical substance involved in the incident

Chemical

UNSI

The United Nations Substance Identification number assigned to the substance involved in the incident.

Mobile

MobileNumber

The number of mobile properties (vehicles) directly involved in the incident

Mobile

VehicleMake

Free text description of the make of the mobile property (vehicle) involved in the incident

Mobile

VehicleModel

Free text description of the model of the mobile property (vehicle) involved in the incident

Mobile

VehicleType

The type of mobile property (vehicle) involved in the incident

Mobile

VehicleYear

Free text description of the year of manufacture of the mobile property (vehicle) involved in the incident

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