Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
In response to the need to improve firefighter safety, The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has hosted two research agenda symposiums, one in 2005 and 2011.
The National Fire Service Research Agenda is an effort to identify particular areas in which research is needed to contribute to the mission of supporting the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives of the Everyone Goes Home Program® (NFFF). The resulting document is intended to assist the many different organizations and individuals that have a role in conducting, supporting and encouraging research projects to focus their efforts and resources on the areas that have been identified as important and significant by a group that represents the diverse interests and priorities of the fire service—all with the overarching goal of eliminating preventable firefighter line-of-duty-injuries and fatalities.
Communication with all fire departments in clear and concise ways is critical to improving the safety of firefighters. Acknowledging the need for research and data was an important step for the fire service to take in 2004. Now it is critical that the identified research be conducted, the results be transferred and implemented at the local levels. This is the only way that research will impact the life safety of firefighters and the communities they serve.
Initiative 7 Resources
- Understanding Fire Research – Instructor Guide (MS Word)
- National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium Report
- Health & Wellness Concerns PowerPoint Presentation (4MB)
- Firefighter Fatality Investigative Report – Sofa Super Store Fire (Charleston, SC)
- 2nd National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium
Initiative 7 Research
- On Duty & Line of Duty: What is the Difference?
- Looking at Modern Construction Features
- Firefighter Fatalities: What the Numbers Mean
- Firefighting Stiffens Arteries, Impairs Heart Function
- Implementing a Firefighter LODD/Injury/Near Miss Investigation Program
Latest Initiative 7 News
- Fire Dynamics Boot Camp – The course is designed to empower and prepare fire service leaders and instructors to incorporate the most current research findings about fire behavior and firefighting tactics into their training programs.
- 2015 National Fire Service Research Agenda Released – There are many critical health and safety issues that need to be addressed in the fire service, but limited resources make this an ongoing challenge. To help prioritize the topics that deserve new and continued examination, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted representatives of the fire service and research communities for the 2015 National Fire Service Research Symposium.
- Choices…choices…choices – Ask a group of 100 firefighters, manufacturers, researchers and fire service supporters or partners to identify potential research projects that could produce significant results for reducing or eliminating firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries and the range of ideas could number near 100.
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a Proud Sponsor of the F.I.E.R.O PPE Symposium – The Symposium is a hard hitting, factual series of presentations about the PPE that most firefighters use on a regular basis. The topics covered at the PPE Symposium support Initiatives 7 and 16 of the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
- Resolve to reduce line of duty deaths for the New Year – The most important element in firefighter safety is you, the firefighter. Join the NFFF in reducing firefighter injuries and lowering the number of LODDs each year to below 50.