Bridging the Fire Service & Geography
My research focus is on building bridges between geography and the fire service. Whilst recognizing that a vast amount of research already exists on fire ecology, fire protection, the wild-land urban interface and many fire related topics, my interest is on the fire service itself and the training that we do. I am excited to see an increasing number of partnerships between academia the fire service, and I hope to be a part of that continuing trend.
Geography is a broad discipline that studies phenomena with a spatial perspective.
THE FIRE SERVICE
Career and volunteer fire departments not only put out fires, we also provide a plethora of rescue services. We train constantly on everything from traffic safety to hose line advancement. Since 83% of all fire departments in the US are mostly or all volunteer, many of us are protecting our neighbors as a secondary career.
THE FIRE SERVICE + ACADEMIA
The fire service (not fire research) has historically been absent from academic studies. As a firefighter with the opportunity to attend graduate school, I’m excited to explore the intersection of geography and the fire service.
FIRE SERVICE TRAINING
How can I use findings from my research to shape training practices for the newest generations of firefighters? How can findings from my research make current training more effective?