Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
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.
From that meeting, the Foundation produced the 2015 National Research Agenda which provides a guide for organizations and individuals that conduct and support research projects that can reduce or eliminate firefighter line-of-duty-injuries and fatalities. The Agenda identifies 54 recommendations that are divided into three overarching themes: data collection and data analysis projects; problem or program analysis and evaluation projects; and research to practice projects. Each recommendation is also assigned a priority level (high, medium and low) and is linked with multiple topics illustrating the interdisciplinary nature of this research.
Funding for the 2015 National Research Symposium and Agenda was provided by the National Institute for Standards and Technology.