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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.


COVID-19 Update:

Data have never been more important. The FOCUS survey and SAVER Systems Checklist provide data on your department’s health and safety and are able to detect upticks in mental health impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’re working, we’re working. The FIRST Center is fully operational. We're the research responders for first responders and we’ve got your back!

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FIRST Celebrates 5 Years of Fellowship

The SAVER Systems Checklist is Ready for Implementation

Check out our Plenary Session at Redmond!


Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST)

Non-Fatal Firefighter Injuries

Injury Data Evaluation & Analysis (IDEA)

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 Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS)

Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS)

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).

Stress and Violence in fire-based EMS Responders (SAVER)

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

FIRE Fellowship

The Fire service Injury Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation Fellowship (FIRE Fellows) is a paid summer research program designed to inspire the next generation of fire service researchers.


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Latest News

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Dornsife Leader in Occupational Health Research Named Inaugural Frank Professor

Professor Taylor has been named the first Arthur L. and Joanne B. Frank Professor.

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FIRST Announces the 2018 FIRE Fellows: Receives 1.5 Million Grant

The Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST), led by Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH, CPPS of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the Fire Service Injury Research, Epidemiology and Evaluation Fellowship.

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.