How Can the Fire Service Grow the Role of Analyst?

The role of analysts working for fire departments has grown considerably in the past decade and CPSE and NFPA have partnered to support and grow the role of fire service analysts.

CPSE and NFPA hosted a one-day Analyst Incubator workshop at the 2018 CPSE Excellence Conference with over 20 analysts and those who supervise analysts from departments across North America to create a roadmap to grow this emerging discipline.

One of the key realizations was that there isn’t a unified linear path that all analysts and fire departments follow sequentially –  the participants noted that there is a diverse range of skillsets, backgrounds, and career trajectories.  So, ultimately, the idea of a linear roadmap wasn’t the best way to illustrate a career path.

Fire Service Analyst “Subway Map”

To visually demonstrate the complexity and diversity of the goals, experiences and opportunities across different agencies, a classic subway map with various lines (general themes) and stops (specific topics) seemed more appropriate.  Click on each of the “stops” below to learn more about how each of the specific topics relate to fire department analysts.