First Responder Institute Inc

Our Name Is Our Mission!

Burtonsville, MD   |  http://www.firstresponder.org/

Mission

To inspire First Responders to aim for the highest level of fitness, wellness and safety.

Notes from the nonprofit

Strengthening the First Responder community has been at the core of what we do since 1999. Understanding and responding to the causes and long-term consequences of on-the-job injuries is key to prevention. Line of Duty injuries and deaths caused by overexertion, strain, sprain or muscular pain costs departments, insurers and taxpayers billions of dollars each year. It’s our goal to collaborate with the various first responder sectors to help reduce and even eradicate these preventable injuries and deaths among our most respected public servants. We've quietly performed our work since our inception via a number of partnerships whereby they were charged with securing the necessary funding to sustain the studies. In 2021 the board of directors for First Responder Institute launched a new and bold mission that will bring many of these programs back underneath our nonprofit umbrella.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Executive Officer

Russell Jackson

Main address

15312 Spencerville Ct Ste 100

Burtonsville, MD 20866 USA

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EIN

52-2153370

NTEE code info

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Firefighter Challenge

Our research and analyses at First Responder Institute has been broad, extending into many disciplines and institutions. Our most recognized study has been on behalf of the fire service and in partnership with On Target Challenge, Inc. via their internationally recognized event, the Firefighter Challenge. Billed by ESPN and others as the toughest two minutes in sports, the event places Firefighters in an action-packed testing ground where they must perform the Five Essential Functions against a time clock in head-to-head competition. More than 60,000 firefighters in North America have competed, providing us with career-changing data.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations

Firehouse Relays is a team-oriented challenge showcasing the Five Essential Job Tasks™ (with a few added twists), to a cheering audience of family, friends, coworkers, media and children served by area nonprofits. Area Fire Departments, located near each event market, participate in this fun-filled relay event that teams use as a means to help raise funding for local nonprofits. First Responder Institute collects and evaluates data from participants to help further our research efforts in preventing injuries.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are First Responder Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, leading a global movement to inspire and transform the health and well-being of First Responders. We’ve had the privilege of providing research, analyses and counsel to some of the most respected organizations around the world.

Through research and analyses we will help guide the varying First Responder groups to preventing injuries and deaths.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    First Responders around the world.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Participants representing the fire service desired a new initiative that would include supporting local charities identified by the participants. As a result, a new event called the Firehouse Relays will be rolled out that allows members of the First Responder Institute the opportunity to evaluate participants, for purposes of our ongoing research efforts, while also allowing teams in the relay to raise both funding and awareness for their favorite causes.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Engaging our constituents for feedback has made them feel more appreciated and invested in FRI programming.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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First Responder Institute Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Paul Davis

OnTarget Marketing, Inc.

Term: 2021 - 2023

Ben May

Retired - Disney Company

Tim Honeycutt

GoRescue

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/12/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/12/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.