This is some very interesting stuff that we wanted to share…including a short 4 minute video overview well worth watching.
Research that has lead to the improvement of how fire incident commanders lead major incidents has won an award for innovation in the United Kingdom…and is well worthy of our attention on this side of “The Pond”
The research, led by London Fire Brigade Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, has led to major changes in the way fire commanders address major emergency incidents.
The findings showed that a relatively short period of goal-oriented training had a marked impact on the nature of decision-making by IC’s.
Additionally, LFB Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton’s study showed decision making was more likely to be intuitive or reflexive, irrespective of whether am incident was so called “routine” or more complex.
The study itself actually used helmet-mounted video cameras to further understand how fire incident commanders dealt with fast-moving emergency scenarios. It has led to the development of national (UK) policy (link below) changing the way fire officers deal with incidents. The new decision control process helps fire commanders communicate goals, consequences, risks and benefits of actions… taken under pressure.
This very cool project investigated whether the balance between different types of decision making by experienced Incident Commanders could be modified through training in the use of a rapid mental checklist – ‘Decision Controls’…and it highlights the value of evaluating goals and anticipated consequences, and a risk/benefit analysis, once a potential course of action has been identified.
EXCELLENT 4 MINUTE VIDEO:
DECISION MAKING IN THE UK FIRE SERVICE:
OPERATIONAL DECISION MAKING:
“Goal-Oriented Training Affects Decision-Making Processes in Virtual and Simulated Fire and Rescue Environments”
UK INCIDENT COMMAND DOCUMENT:
Another great opportunity for us all to learn and potentially improve when commanding “a/k/a-leading and taking care of” our Firefighters..and those we help.
Details from: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/766007-honour-for-study-which-revealed-intuitive-fire-commanders