Towards the classification of fireground cues: a qualitative analysis of expert reports

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Okoli, J., Watt, J. and Weller, G. 2017. Towards the classification of fireground cues: a qualitative analysis of expert reports. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. 25 (4), pp. 197-208. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5973.12129
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TitleTowards the classification of fireground cues: a qualitative analysis of expert reports
AuthorsOkoli, J., Watt, J. and Weller, G.
Abstract

Whilst there is evidence linking informational cue processing ability to effective decision making on the fireground, only a few studies have actually attempted detailed description and categorization of the cues sought by fireground commanders when managing real fires. In this study, thirty experienced firefighters were interviewed across various fire stations in the UK and Nigeria using the critical decision method protocol. Forty one different cues were identified, which were then categorized into five distinct types namely: safety cues, cues that indicate the nature of problem, environmental cues, emotive cues, and incident command and control cues. The paper concludes by evaluating the role of expertise in cue utilization, drawing on evidence from the naturalistic decision making (NDM) literature.

Research GroupCentre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management (DARM)
LanguageEnglish
PublisherWiley
JournalJournal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
ISSN0966-0879
Electronic1468-5973
Publication dates
Online15 Aug 2016
Print23 Nov 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited11 Nov 2016
Accepted11 Jul 2016
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Okoli, J., Watt, J. and Weller, G. (2017), Towards the Classification of Fireground Cues: A Qualitative Analysis of Expert Reports. J Contingencies Crisis Man, 25: 197–208. doi:10.1111/1468-5973.12129, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5973.12129. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html#terms).

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5973.12129
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