Community Risk Reduction
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
except state-observed holidays
Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security
Indiana Government Center-South, Room E208
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
Call us: 317-232-2222
Email us: email@example.com
Vast amounts of data are available via the first responder community, and the data are used to inform the true risks to all Hoosiers and create the right strategies to reduce those risks. That is the concept behind Community Risk Reduction (CRR). Data informs the CRR, which then allows for the identification of high-risk areas and behaviors that can then be targeted. Armed with this knowledge, partnerships can form effective strategies using limited resources more efficiently. Benefits of a CRR strategy: identifies new and emerging hazards, addresses underserved communities and changing community demographics, improves Insurance Services Office (ISO) ratings, offsets declining budgets of fire and local governments, helps with accreditation.
Vision 20/20, a national organization with expertise in CRR efforts in the fire service, is working closely with the IDHS Community Risk Reduction Coalition Task Force to improve data collection from fire and EMS agencies across the state. Indiana is currently conducting a statewide risk assessment (SRA). Once the SRA is complete, the coalition will begin the “Identify Risks” stage of the CRR process. The risks will be prioritized and plans will be drafted to address those risks for each community. The data analysis will culminate in several mitigation strategies and tactics to address risk factors in communities across the state. Contact Rob Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the CRR effort or get involved.
Data Reporting Affects Grants
Reporting data affects grant funding for fire departments. State legislators in 2022 passed HEA 1314, which requires fire departments to report their emergency response data annually (Section 41). If a fire department fails to do so, it may be ineligible to receive certain grants administered by IDHS. Read HEA 1314 details
Data is from the U.S. Fire Administration (2022). Chart might not total 100 percent due to rounding.
Data is from the U.S. Fire Administration (2019). Chart might not total 100 percent due to rounding.
- Run Data
Indiana fire departments are required by law to report all fire incidents to the Office of the State Fire Marshal on a monthly basis. The required form is the NFIRS Incident Form. In January 2000, Indiana converted to the new 5.0 standard. Paper documents are no longer accepted.
Annual Statewide Run Incident Types
Fire Runs (2021)
Rank Incident Type #1 EMS Call #2 No Emergency Found* #3 Public Service** #4 Building Fire #5 Gas Leak/Power Line Down *Includes cancelled en route, smoke but no fire, false alarm. **Includes lifting assistance, good intent calls.
EMS Runs (2021)
Rank Incident Type #1 Unspecified Injury #2 Altered Mental Status #3 Chest Pain #4 Abdominal Pain #5 Head Injury
Monthly Statewide Run Reports
- Fire Investigations