Envisioning the Analysts of the Future

Understanding the challenges faced by today’s fire department analysts, CPSE submitted a request to NFPA to develop a fire analyst professional qualification (Pro-Qual) standard. Given the complexity of gathering and analyzing data for accreditation and the growing sophistication of technology systems available to fire departments, CPSE believes a Pro-Qual standard for fire analysts is an important next step in the progression of fire departments. 

NFPA 1022 is under development by the Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists Professional Qualifications chaired by CPSE CEO, Preet Bassi, CAE.


This February 2019 CPSE Corner outlines some concepts that will assist in shifting data from being tolerated to being embraced and the steps CPSE is taking to elevate the role of analysis in the fire and emergency service.

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.