A fire department’s safety culture is a strong predictor of firefighter injuries or deaths. Leadership can improve staff behaviors by placing a stronger value on safety, but you really need to know where you are before you know what to improve.
The Fire Department Safety Officers Association and Drexel University’s Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends partnered to create the Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS), a tool to measure your departments safety culture.
Over 400 fire departments in the United States have already taken advantage of this free tool. Departments that take part will receive:
- Customized data of your safety culture at both the department and station levels.
- A comparative analysis of your safety culture to other similar departments.
- Objective evidence to inform safety related policy decisions.
The FOCUS assessment tool is on version 2.0 and is funded through August 2020. Fire departments should use this tool to assess their safety culture as soon as possible. Only one request for the FOCUS tool per department is allowed. All information is confidential and only shared with your department’s point of contact.