A fire department's annual report is an excellent tool for a fire department to use to tell its story to the community and to build community support for its efforts and needs. The report should inform and educate the community about the role the fire department plays in community safety. Department members will take pride in the annual report, knowing that they contributed to the accomplishments of the department and that they helped make a difference in the community.
Departments reporting to TFIRS can use the free web-based tools available from the United States Fire Administration. Go to http://nfirs.fema.gov/ and click on the link titled "Web-based tools", then click the link titled "Summary Output Reports Tool" to access your department’s data. Registration is required to access the data. For information on this resource, and to get a registration and login, contact TFIRS coordinator, at (615) 532-5753, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST..