Firefighter Safety and Policy

Today, firefighters increasingly serve as first responders for emergency medical calls, civil emergencies, terrorist threats, and hazardous materials incidents, in addition to fire emergencies. Professor Notarianni is directing a multi-year study to determine the best procedural standards and resource allocation to significantly reduce loss of life and property for both firefighters and civilians. The study is being conducted in concert with the International Association of Fire Fighters and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It is funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

Our research will enable government agencies and local jurisdictions to establish optimal resource allocation to improve economics, responses, and outcomes. It will save countless firefighter and civilian lives. We are working with more than 400 fire departments, compiling detailed demographics of each, along with a database of hundreds of thousands of fire department deployments and outcomes that will be analyzed statistically.

Kathy Notarianni

Associate Professor