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Fire Service Injury Research, Epidemiology, & Evaluation (FIRE) Fellowship

FiRE Fellows

In the summer of 2016, FIRST developed the inaugural Fire Service Injury Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation (FIRE) Fellowship to not only give students the opportunity to work with real world data, but also to help serve its community partners through faster analytic turnaround. Fellowship recipients, or “FIRE Fellows,” collaborate on analysis of fire service data using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and many of the Fellows continue this work as their second year Community Based Masters Project (CBMP).

Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) program, the Center for FIRST currently has two distinct research projects funded to address injuries in the fire service by: 1) developing a firefighter safety climate survey and test its association with injuries and 2) investigating the minimum data elements necessary to develop a non-fatal injury surveillance system. 

This paid, summer intensive training period offers the opportunity to learn and be trained in:

  • Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative methods
  • Data Management
  • Working and building relationships with stakeholders
  • Exploratory Data Analyses
  • Advanced Statistical Analyses

FIRE Fellows are also given opportunities to hone the following professional skills:

  • The concepts of “Collaboration over Competition” and “Hierarchy of Help”
  • Professional Comportment and Development
  • Communication, Public Speaking, and Remote Work Skills