For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

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.

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

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

About Us

Read about the history and values of FIRST.


Download our articles and publications for free.
Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact us to learn more or ask a question.

Latest News

Alumna Publishes Master’s Project Research Investigating Racial Biases in Health Care

The announcement of the verdict for the Trayvon Martin case in the summer of 2013 case shocked Marie Plaisime, MPH ’14. She then set out to develop a second year master’s project that would not only embody her passion to ameliorate racial disparities, but also make a difference in health care.

This month, the results of that master’s project were published by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Top Dornsife School of Public Health Stories of 2016

As we renew our commitment to protect and promote the health of the public in 2017, here’s a look back at some of the milestones and proud moments we covered in Dornsife SPH publications in 2016.

Drexel and Fire Association Receive $1.5 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.