"This report is designed to arm the fire service and others with a statistical overview of the fire problem that can motivate corrective action. It can also be used to select priorities and help target fire programs, serve as a model for state or local analyses of fire data, and provide a baseline for evaluating programs. This Ninth Edition of Fire in the United States covers the 10-year period from 1985 to 1994, with emphasis on 1994- the most recent year for which complete data are available at the time of printing. The primary source of data in this report is the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), but National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) annual survey results and data from the state fire marshals are also used. Because of the time it takes to collect data from nearly the 14,000 fire departments that participate in NFIRS, edit and obtain corrections, and analyze and display the results, the date of publication lags the date of collection. Previous editions of Fire in the United States have included a state-by-state analysis and presentation of state fire statistics. This chapter has been omitted from this edition. Instead, a separate volume will be published later in 1997 that is devoted entirely (and more exhaustively than in the past) to state fire profiles."
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