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The Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends is a research and education enterprise at Dornsife that supports the fire and rescue service through objective data collection and analysis. Learn more today.


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The FIRST Center is hosting a four-part webinar series on results from our COVID-19 RAPID Mental Health Assessment (RAPID) of the US fire and rescue service. Learn more about how the pandemic impacted the mental health and wellbeing of first responders.

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Workplace violence against first responders is a persistent workplace hazard.

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FIRST Center in the Media:

FIRST Awarded New FEMA Funding to 'FOCUS' on Combination, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments

New Study Reveals Mental and Physical Harm to EMS Responders from Workplace Violence 

RAPID Mental Health Study Raises Concern for First Responders

'They literally beat me for 2 minutes': Firefighters say assaults against them on the rise

FIRST Hires Former Philadelphia Fire Department EMS Commissioner to Lead DEI Efforts

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DEI in the Fire Service

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

Learn more about our work with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the fire and rescue service.
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Policy: Research to Practice (r2p)

Learn more about our work with policy research, development, and implementation.
Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS)

Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS)

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

Workplace Violence (WPV) Prevention

Learn about our expanding research collaborations with national partners to address the issue of workplace violence (WPV) against EMS responders.

COVID-19 RAPID Mental Health Assessment (RAPID)

Learn about the COVID-19 RAPID Mental Health assessment, our newest tool that provides monthly data on the mental health of first responders.
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 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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Near-Miss Reporting

Learn about our how our research helps the fire and rescue service identify and mitigate hazards in their organizations.
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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.