Applied Research

The goal of Applied Research in the Fire & Safety Division is to bridge the gap between scientific research and practical application to improve the safety and protection of fire service personnel and the public.

While centered on practical application, initiatives are founded on sound research principles and techniques including research integrity and ethics.

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General Areas of Inquiry

The Applied Research program is focused on, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Fire service governance
  • Fire service leadership and administration
  • Emergency scene management and communication strategies
  • Applied physical and biological science, such as hazardous materials, physiology, kinesiology (including the development of fire fitness research, which combines fire fighters’ physical fitness, their equipment usage and task analysis)
  • Applied social science, such as fire-related human behaviour
  • Fire protection technology and system design; safety protocols
  • Fire investigation
  • Contribution to the advancement of Fire & Safety education, including community programs, life safety education
  • Emerging trends and issues in fire protection 

Completed Research

  • Use of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus  

             Contact to request detailed research information.

Current Initiatives

  • Physiological Response of Fire Fighters to “8” Common Fire Fighting Tasks
  • Fitness in the Fire Service
  • Effective fire fighter rehabilitation for heat stress

Research Personnel

Research is being undertaken by:

  • Research Associates within the JIBC

Fire & Safety Division - James B. Carter, PhD. Jim Carter

Jim Carter’s research interests have been in the area of exercise and work physiology. Dr. Carter has completed research in the areas of:

  • ergonomics
  • heat stress in fire fighters
  • fire fighter fitness assessments
  • fire fighter fitness assessments
  • quantification of fitness training
  • the effect of endurance training on cardiovascular dynamics


1996 – 2001: Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
1994 – 1996: Master of Science, Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
1983 – 1990: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology (Co-op), Simon Fraser University

The Fire & Safety Division is looking for individuals who are interested in conducting research.  If you would like to be considered for our Research Team or would like to propose a project, please contact

Last updated February 23, 2011