How do we know which fire and rescue service activities are effective? What are the risks if we don't have robust evidence about what works?

A fundamental element of the National Fire Chiefs Council role as a professional body is to be a catalyst for the development and use of knowledge and research by and for those working in fire and rescue services. This will ensure that the best available evidence is accessible for practitioners when making decisions.

The research map:

  • Supports the production and commissioning of original research on priority areas for fire and rescue services
  • Collates and shares the best available evidence
  • Encourages the best available evidence to be embedded into standards and practice
  • Builds capacity for research across fire and rescue services by supporting them to build partnerships with higher and further education and avoiding unnecessary duplication
  • Raises awareness about standards of research evidence and the importance of using appropriate and robust research methods.
  • The Research Map plots details of relevant ongoing fire and rescue service related research at Masters level and above.
  • There are four main uses for the map: Investigation, Exploration, Engagement and Solution. You may benefit from accessing it if you are a Firefighter, Fire Officer or member of support staff, a social researcher, an applied scientist, an academic, or a post-graduate student, or if you are involved in decision making in any way which affects the outcome of fire and rescue service activity.