Director & Senior Principal Investigator
Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research
Sara A. Jahnke, PhD is the Director and Senior Principal Investigator of the Center for Fire, Rescue and EMS Health Research at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. Dr. Jahnke has served as the Principal Investigator of several large-scale studies of the health and readiness of the U.S. Fire Service funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Heart Association. Current projects include studies focused on the health of women in the fire service, research on workplace violence, exposure assessments on the fire ground, and randomized controlled trials of wellness interventions. She serves as a co-investigator of several other studies focused on fitness, nutrition and health behaviors in both firefighters and military populations. Dr. Jahnke regularly serves as a consultant to several fire service organizations including the National Volunteer Fire Council and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. She is an active member of the Safety, Health & Survival Section of IAFC. In addition, she provides a monthly column for Rescue1 focused on interpreting research. Dr. Jahnke grew up around the fire service as her dad, Bill Jahnke, retired after more than a decade as Chief of the Overland Park Fire Department in the Kansas City suburbs before purchasing WHP Training Towers. His dedication to the fire service and improving firefighter safety has inspired Dr. Jahnke to focus on the health and well-being of firefighters in her own career.