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Jennifer Taylor

Drexel University
Director, Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST)
Philadelphia, PA
Talk to me about data, your safety culture, the mental health impacts of fire and rescue service work. The FIRST Center is here for you. Check us out at drexel.edu/dornsife/FIRST

Dr. Taylor has been trained in the field of injury prevention and control, and uses its principles to address safety issues in healthcare and first responder industries.
For first responders, Dr. Taylor applies her surveillance and safety climate expertise to the U.S. fire and rescue service, investigating the relationship between safety culture and injury risk. She served as the consultant epidemiologist to the International Association of Fire Chiefs' (IAFC) National Near-Miss Reporting System from 2007-2011, a fascinating system through which firefighters report hazards they observe in their environment.

Dr. Taylor uses FEMA Assistance to Firefighter grants to develop: (1) model firefighter nonfatal injury surveillance systems, (2) the FOCUS survey to assess safety climate and its relationship with firefighter injury, (3) with FDSOA developed the FOCUS Culture Camps for firefighters to learn data, and (4) developed a systems-level checklist to address stress and violence to EMS responders.