Non-Fatal Firefighter Injuries
The Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends Reliability Study (FIRST-RS) is a follow up study to the Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) project. FIRST & FIRST-RS were created to research and develop the minimum data elements necessary to conduct public health surveillance of non-fatal firefighter injuries in the United States.
Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS)
The culture around safety in any organization is a strong predictor of future near misses, injuries, and line of duty deaths. Safety climate is the measurable aspect of organizational safety culture and has been used by other industries such as healthcare, construction, and manufacturing to gauge and improve safety performance. Until recently the US fire service lacked a reliable and valid instrument to measure its specific safety climate.
Stress and Violence in fire-based EMS Responders (SAVER)
There are an estimated 900,000 full-time, part-time, and volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who treat 22 million patients a year. These emergency health care workers have a variety of responsibilities that include responding to emergency calls and transporting patients to hospitals and health care facilities. Despite working in a profession characterized by helping people, an estimated 2,100 EMS workers visited U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2011 to treat an injury resulting from patient violence.
In occupational safety research, narrative text analysis has been combined with coded surveillance data to improve identification and understanding of injuries and their circumstances. Injury data give information about incidence and the direct cause of an injury, while near-miss data enable the identification of various hazards within an organization or industry. Further, near-miss data provide an opportunity for surveillance and risk reduction.