The first phase of the National Fire Department Census was conducted from October 2001 through the spring of 2002. This effort resulted in approximately 16,000 fire departments being registered with the census.
"This critical effort will provide the fire services; allied professions and the general public with accurate and current information about fire departments across the nation. As the role of the nation's firefighters in homeland safety expands, this database will be an important resource," said R. David Paulison, the USFA administrator.
The online directory of fire department data includes the department name, address, web address (if applicable), organization type (i.e., federal, state, local, etc.) and department type (i.e., career, volunteer, paid per call). Fire department personnel will be able to update their department's data online. All changes to the database will be reviewed and verified by USFA staff.
To access or download the National Fire Department Census data, visit the USFA Web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/applications/fdonline.