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Fire Service Injury Research, Epidemiology, & Evaluation (FIRE) Fellowship

In 2016, the Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) developed the inaugural Fire Service Injury Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation (FIRE) Fellowship to give students the opportunity to work with and serve community partners with real world data and get immersed in the fire service through field experiences. Fellowship recipients, or “FIRE Fellows,” collaborate on analysis of fire service data using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Many Fellows have used the summer immersion as their required Depth Experience and many continue this work as their second year master's thesis.

Meet the Alumni

The FIRST Center at the Dornsife School of Public Health currently has three distinct research areas:

  1. SAVER - Stress and Violence to fire-based EMS Responders: investigating violence against EMS responders and developing an intervention (systems checklist) with the Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Diego Fire Departments.
    1. Quantitative and Qualitative opportunities available
    2. Tools used: GIS, NVivo, SAS, interviews/focus groups, psychological assessment, data agreements, and policy
    3. Skills acquired: intervention design, data linkage, analysis, and dissemination
  2. FOCUS - Firefighter Organizational Culture of Safetyan industry specific instrument to measure safety climate within fire departments. The survey was beta-tested nationally with 132 fire departments and over 10,000 firefighters, making it the largest FEMA Research and Development survey conducted to date with the fire service. FOCUS is currently in a research to practice phase serving over 1,000 fire departments. FOCUS is a strong predictor of injury, burnout, job satisfaction, and work engagement.
    1. Quantitative and Qualitative opportunities available
    2. Tools used: NVivo, Tableau, SAS, Stata, and data agreements
    3. Skills acquired: survey methods, analysis, and stakeholder education
    4. Data size:  30,000 records and growing
  3. IDEA - Injury Data Evaluation and Analysis: investigating injury through linkage of previously non-integrated data (workers’ compensation, safety office, human resources, hospital/ED visits, 911 calls) in the Boston Fire Department, Philadelphia Fire Department, and the State of Florida.
    1. Quantitative opportunities only
    2. Tools used: GIS, SAS, and Stata
    3. Skills acquired: data linkage, analysis, and dissemination
    4. Data size: thousands to millions of records

This ten-week, paid, full time, summer intensive training period gives Fellows the opportunity to work on all on currently funded project(s), but Fellows will be given a specific project to call their own.

The FIRE Fellowship gives Fellows...

the opportunity to learn and be trained in:

  • Qualitative and Quantitative methods
  • Data management
  • Preparing and communicating survey results with community partners 
  • Working and building relationships with stakeholders
  • Injury classification systems such as ICD-9-CM and WCIO
  • Haddon, Barrell, and E-code Matrix use and applications
  • Exploratory data analyses
  • Advanced statistical analyses

the opportunity to develop the following professional competencies:

  • Collaboration over Competition
  • Hierarchy of Help
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Leading Teams
  • Public Speaking
  • Remote Work Skills

Application Criteria:  Rising 2nd year master's students and graduates. Accelerated BS/MPH candidates. International students are welcome.

FIRE Fellow Applicants…

  • With knowledge in social science, policy, and/or epidemiology are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous EMT or firefighter experience is helpful, but not necessary.
  • Must submit a resume and cover letter expressing interest in the FIRE Fellowship, working with the fire service, and data handling experience. 
  • Will need to complete CITI and HIPAA IRB trainings prior to beginning the fellowship. 
  • Must commit to on-campus presence during the summer intensive training period (40 hours per week).
  • May have the opportunity to continue this work with mentorship from FIRST as their second year ILE upon receiving a fellowship position. Priority will be given to those who are willing to continue this work.

Important dates of the application process will be forthcoming.

For more information or questions regarding the FIRE Fellowship, please contact Senior Project Manager, Andrea Davis,