NFCC launches standard data collection requirement to support fire safety visits

SINCE the launch of the Person Centered Framework by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), UK fire and rescue services have embraced the standards and methodologies documented therein. Following the success of this move, a standardized data collection system to support home site safety visits has been launched on

The Standard Data Requirement for the Person-Centred Framework is intended as a guide to best practice, giving every fire and rescue service a goal to work towards. Standardized data collection and monitoring practices will improve data collection systems and ensure that data collected is comparable across the country.

This launch is part of a broader data and digital ambition to encourage and support fire and rescue services to improve data quality, encourage standardization and develop standardized terminology. This includes, but is not limited to, encouraging electronic data collection and finding ways to improve data completeness and accuracy.

Neil Odin, NFCC Prevention Committee Chair and Prevention Program Director, said: “Ultimately, the shift from ownership to person-centric data record systems, in tandem with multi -increased agencies, will greatly help in dealing with the risk of fire, how to quantify and what steps need to be taken in home fire safety visits to complement local approaches.

Odin continued, “To generate good quality data, maximize local and collective learning, and enable continuous improvement over time, every fire and rescue service should evaluate their home fire safety visit procedures, ideally in a consistent manner with other fire and rescue services. This enables the pooling of evidence across fire and rescue services, and it also enables direct comparison of individual approaches to identify best practice. The closer this approach can be followed, the greater the quality of data that can be generated across the country.

Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

The requirement to collect locally identifiable personal data from the fire and rescue services is justified and covered by the legal obligation to prevent fires. The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 places a duty on fire and rescue services to protect life and property from fire. Sections 45 to 48 of Part 6 of the Act authorize a fire and rescue service to obtain information and investigate fires and give it the power to investigate the causes of a fire or the reasons of its evolution.

The demographic data that the NFCC recommends that all fire and rescue services collect can be proven to be causal factors in higher fire risk based on fire investigation data and reports of fatalities. . Every home fire safety visit from the local fire and rescue services requires consent to collect this data. The aggregation planned by the NFCC will require only anonymized data to support national research and development.

* The NFCC welcomes feedback from fire and rescue services on the standard data requirement, which will help inform future developments of the framework and the data requirement. The document and feedback form can be accessed at the following link: Standard Data Requirements for the Person-Centred Framework | NFCC CPO (

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