"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 Tenth Edition of Fire in the United States covers the l0-year period from 1986 to 1995, with emphasis on 1995-the most recent year for which complete data are available at the time of preparation. The primary source of data in his report is the National Fire Incident Reporting System (N FIRS), but National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) annual survey results and data from the various state agencies responsible for state fire information are also used. Because of the time it takes to collect data from the more than 13,000 fire departments that participate in NFIRS, edit and obtain correction s, and analyze and display the results, the date of publication lags the date of collection. This edition of Fire in the United States includes a state-by-state analysis and presentation of state-based residential fire statistics. This information is more exhaustive than similar information presented in the past-each state has provided additional information on innovative and successful programs that have positively affected the state's individual fire problem. And, where available, the associated Web site address for the state fire agency has been provided. Previous editions of Fire in the United States have included two chapters t hat detail the residential and nonresidential structure fire problem. Due to the size of the state chapter; these two chapters have been omitted from t his edit ion. The Eleventh Edit ion of Fire in the United States will again address these two key areas of the U.S. fire problem."
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