IAFF-Supported Fire Service Researchers Honored

November 22 • 2022

The Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) at Drexel University, a frequent research collaborator with the IAFF, is being honored by the Delta Omega Honorary Society  in Public Health with an Innovative Public Health Curriculum “Honorable Mention” award.

The award specifically acknowledges FIRST’s Fire Service Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation (FIRE) Fellowship program, an immersion program that offers hands-on research opportunities for fire and emergency service-related health and safety issues.

“Congratulations to our friends at FIRST on this well-deserved honor,” said General President Edward Kelly. “The research they do generates data we can use to develop new protocols and polices to stay safe on the job.”

Delta Omega created the annual Innovative Public Health Curriculum awards to showcase achievement and excellence in public health research, practice, and education.

This past summer, the Fellows – in collaboration with the IAFF – contributed to the development of curriculum specifically to help mitigate violence against fire and EMS personnel. Once finalized, the course will be available to IAFF members.

“The FIRE fellowship was developed to create the next generation of fire and rescue service researchers,” said Dr. Jennifer Taylor, FIRST Center Team Director. “It is critical that we introduce emerging scholars to collaboration with the fire service so that the future may be as well-served as the present. Our partnership with the IAFF ensures a legacy of practice and innovation for all.”