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Two-hour Webinar:

An Introduction to Descriptive Statistics for Fire and EMS (with Microsoft Excel)

Please join FireStats and presenter Paul Rottenberg for our first webinar on statistics for Fire and EMS. This two-hour pilot webinar will be the first in an ongoing series of presentations designed to explain and demonstrate the use of statistics, charts, and graphs using Microsoft Excel.

Date and Time

January 22, 2015 at 0930-1130 Pacific Time


In this fist webinar we will cover the calculation and appropriate use for averages, percentiles, medians, quantiles, ranges and other descriptive statistics. In addressing percentiles, we will specifically look at some of the issues associated with measuring performance pursuant to NFPA 1710 and 1210.

Explanations and demonstration will be with Microsoft Excel, so the basic formulas for calculating descriptive statistics will be included along with very helpful tips and tricks to ensure that your work is laid out well and that your calculations are correct.

Future webinars will include: 

  • Setting Thresholds for the Inclusion and Exclusion of Data
  • Intermediate Charting, Graphing and Trending Fire and EMS Performance
  • Best Prectices in Fire and EMS Performance Measurement
  • Solving Specific Problems in Fire and EMS Performance Measurement
  • The Principles of Healthcare-related Research
  • Small Data Sets: What to do?
  • Introduction to Sampling and Inference: How and Why to Predict Tomorrow’s Performance

About the presenter….

Paul Rottenberg is the president of FireStats, LLC., a Fire Service education provider and management consulting firm providing statistical analysis, deployment analysis and planning support to fire departments throughout the United States. FireStats performs quantitative analysis on fire department operational data for strategic plans, Standards of Response Coverage, Accreditation processes, facility siting studies, and the establishment of baseline department, engine company, and ambulance performance measures. Paul has an MBA and a Master’s in Public Health. He served ten years as a paid-call engineer/EMT with a combination fire department in California, has taught to over 2,000 fire and EMS personnel nationwide and has spent 25 years professionally involved with the local government policy and planning process. Paul has been designated as a subject matter expert on deployment analysis with the US Fire Administration at the National Fire Academy and is a frequent fire service conference speaker.

Note that each webinar will be priced individually and that the fee for this webinar is exclusive of any others.

Date and Time

January 22, 2015

0930-1130 Pacific Time

$37 early registration
$42 regular registration

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