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FIRST - Firefighter Group

Welcome to FIRST

FIRST is a research enterprise organized to support the U.S. fire and rescue service through objective data collection and analysis.


Announcing the 2017 FIRE Fellowship

This paid, 10-week, summer intensive training period gives students the opportunity to work with real world data surrounding injury research in the U.S. Fire Service.

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Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST)

Non-Fatal Firefighter Injuries

Firefighter Injury

Find out what we have determined are the necessary data elements to conduct public health surveillance of non-fatal firefighter injuries in the United States.
Fire Service Safety Culture

Fire Service Safety Culture

Learn about the FOCUS survey, our new tool that provides objective data on work environment, injury, and organizational safety culture attributes (e.g., burnout and job satisfaction).

EMS: Behavioral Health, Violence, & Stress

Learn about our expanding research collaborations with national partners to understand the stressors Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders face.
About Us

About Us

Read about the history and values of FIRST.


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Latest News

Drexel and Fire Association Receive $1.5 Million FEMA Grant to Assess Fire Service Culture

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) to the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) and the Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) program in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.

FEMA-Funded Fellows Spend Summer Interrogating Fire Service Safety Data

Seven students and alumni are taking part in Dornsife's inaugural Fire service Injury Research, Epidemiology and Evaluation (FIRE) fellowship, supported by the FEMA Assistance to Fire Grants R&D program.