The Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) has announced the sixth annual Fire service Injury Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation (FIRE) Fellowship. Fellowship recipients, known as FIRE Fellows, include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, as well as alumni from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

The 10-week paid summer Fellowship is funded through a contract from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). The Fellows will be developing a curriculum for fire fighters, paramedics and EMTs to provide skills and knowledge for prevention of workplace violence (WPV).

In addition to working with the IAFF, Senior FIRE Fellow Alexandra Reguinga will be continuing her master’s thesis work on workplace stress and mental health outcomes among fire department dispatchers. Her project is supported through donations raised during Drexel’s Day of Giving and the 24 Hours of Impact fundraising challenge.

The FIRE Fellows will use previous FIRST Center scholarship results from the SAVER project and the IAFF Fire Ground Survival program as the basis for developing the IAFF curriculum.

The FIRST Center is a research, education and practice enterprise organized to support the U.S. fire and rescue service through objective data collection and analysis.

For more information, contact Victoria Gallogly, Outreach and Communications Coordinator at [email protected]