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How can my Fire Department enroll in FOCUS Assessment?

The Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS) survey was developed by FIRST specifically for the fire service in response to National Life Safety Initiative #1 on fire service safety culture. The FOCUS tool predicts firefighter injuries and important organizational outcomes, such as burnout, job satisfaction, and work engagement and is now disseminated through FEMA FP&S grant funding and a partnership with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA). FOCUS administration will provide your fire department with objective data to assess your safety culture.

“…In my heart, I believe that we promote a safe culture…, but it was gratifying to see that others in our organization believe this to be true also…I like the fact that I can now put actual numbers to what has previously been a ‘gut feeling’.” – Chief from Participating Department


PLEASE NOTE: Only one entry per fire department will be accepted (i.e. Chief, Commissioner, Safety Officer). In addition, FIRST strongly encourages departments to include their IAFF Local in FOCUS Assessment, if applicable.

After submitting your information on the enrollment form, your department will be contacted by a FIRST representative with next steps regarding FOCUS survey administration. Thank you for your interest in the Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS) survey!


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can participate in FOCUS?

Any non-military fire department within the United States is welcome to participate - career or volunteer. Unfortunately at this time our FEMA funding does not allow us to serve military and non-U.S. based departments.  

How is the survey administered? 

The survey can be administered to your membership through either a paper Scantron form or an online link. The online link can only be used by departments who utilize an online training platform such as Target Solutions. The FOCUS assessment does not require a site visit.

The survey is anonymous and does not collect any personal identifiers. Only aggregate data are returned to the department at the department and station levels. No individual responses are shared with the department.

How much does it cost? 

The cost of survey materials and data analysis is covered by our FEMA grant funding and is FREE to you. 

How are my department's FOCUS results returned?

After completing the FOCUS assessment, your data will be analyzed and returned in a comprehensive report. Your department's results will only be shared with your department's point of contact and will not be shared or identified publicly. 


Questions? Please contact FIRST Project Manager of Education & Training, Alexandra Fisher, at