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Our Projects

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.

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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.

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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.

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Near-Miss Reporting

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. 

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Data and Confidentiality

Our team has protocols that ensure the protection of information collected from participants and databases during a research project. These protocols include evaluation of our plan to protect human subjects by the Drexel Institutional Review Board (Drexel IRB) and any other required agency(s) (e.g. Department of Homeland Security Regulatory Compliance Office, etc.); required training for project staff regarding appropriate research procedures and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); data security; and legal review of research protocol and documentation. All project staff have successfully passed examinations on appropriate conduct of research and data security protocols. All research projects that capture sensitive data have been reviewed by Drexel IRB.