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Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST)

Latest News

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.

Current Projects

  1. Fire department organizational safety climate assessment (safety culture).
  2. Nonfatal injury data system development for firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics (formerly known as FIRST). 
  3. Assaults to paramedics and EMTs.

On this website you will find our current research activities, past projects, and introductions to our team and advisory board.  Feel free to download reports, publications, and interact with our multiple media tools. We also offer fee-based consultation and research services.

Most importantly, we want to hear from you. Please use the contact form to tell us about issues important to your safety and health, or give feedback on any of our research findings.  We will contact you to learn more.  Stay safe and thank you for your service.

Past projects

Our past projects focused on near-miss events in the fire and rescue service, and our first in-depth investigation of a minimum data set for non-fatal firefighter injury.

In the Media

Paramedics Are More Likely to Be Injured on the Job Says Drexel Research

Drexel Study: City's Paramedics Often Assaulted

For People in Healthcare, Violence is an Occupational Hazard

Philly First Responders Attacked by Those They Seek to Help

Philly First Responders Attacked by Those They Seek to Help