Posts Categorised: Fire Services

Mental Disorder Symptoms among Public Safety Personnel in Canada


“Canadian public safety personnel (PSP; e.g., correctional workers, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, police officers) are exposed to potentially traumatic events as a function of their work. Such exposures contribute to the risk of developing clinically significant symptoms related to mental disorders. The current study was designed to provide estimates of mental disorder symptom frequencies and severities for Canadian PSP.”

Source: Carleton, R. N. et al. (2017).  The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, and available from this link (open access).

Defining success in bushfire management: critical moments in the 2012-13 ACT bushfire season



“The 2012-13 Australian Capital Territory fire season saw no loss of life, no major property loss and minimal environmental damage. It was therefore successful according to the main aims of bushfire management. This outcome hinged on a few critical moments when, due to a combination of strategy and good fortune, things went right. This case study demonstrates how influential chance can be in determining the outcome of bushfires and this in turn begs the question: should agencies be held responsible for factors that are beyond human control? It is proposed that holding agencies responsible for outcomes that are not entirely within their control, acts to reduce community resilience because it implicitly removes the onus on individuals to take personal responsibility; a vital component for good outcomes.”

Source: Leavesley, A. (2017). Australian Journal of Emergency Management and available from this link (open access).

Offence or defence? Approach and avoid goals in the multi-agency emergency response to a simulated terrorism attack


“When operating in multiteam settings, it is important that goals are cohesive between team members, especially in high-stakes, risky, and uncertain environments. This study explored goal consistency during a multiteam emergency response simulation. A total of n = 50 commanders from the UK Police Services, Fire and Rescue Services, and Ambulance Services took part in a simulated terrorism exercise, who were split into n = 13 teams.”

Source: Power, N., & Alison, L. (2017).  Journal of occupational and organizational psychology, 90(1), and available from this link (open access).

The Grenfell Tower inquiry: learning from Hillsborough



“Now that the enormity of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is apparent, it is clear that residents’ concerns about the building’s design, structure and fabric had been ignored, suggesting a catastrophic dereliction of responsibility by corporate and public bodies. In the hours and days that followed, the bereaved and survivors were left, homeless and destitute, to fend for themselves, while social and mainstream media carried often ill-informed demands for an immediate wide-ranging investigation.”

Source: Scraton, P. (2017). The Conversation and available from this link (open access).

Firefighters and traumatic stress: a review

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“The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the literature with respect to traumatic stress in a firefighting context. The goal was to provide a clear and concise review intended for use by both researchers and practitioners. Firefighters are an under-researched group in the academic literature and updated review articles are necessary to advance this body of work.”

Source: Alex Fraess-Phillips, Shannon Wagner, R. Luke Harris, (2017). International Journal of Emergency Services, 6(1), and available from this link (subscription journal).

Costs of rural fire servicing

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“An independent assessment, commissioned by the Fire Services Commission Board, puts the current operational cost of providing rural fire services at $35 million a year. This is the first time a comprehensive national picture of rural fire costs has been compiled. One of the key findings of the Fire Service review is that our fire service needs proper funding – particularly in rural areas. Having a robust assessment of this cost is essential to inform future planning under the new single fire service, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (starting 1 July 2017).”

Source: Martin Jenkins Consulting (NZ). Available from this link (open access).


EMAPodcast recognises 50 years of aerial firefighting in Australia



“We hear from Ben Buckley, the maverick pilot who led Australia’s first aerial firebombing operation in the summer of 1967. We chat with NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley and NAFC General Manager Richard Alder about the importance of large air tankers in the fight against fires. We’re also joined by two pilots who share their flying experiences and how they protect local communities.”

Source: EMApodcast available from this link (open access); 94 minutes.

Good practice framework for mental health and wellbeing in first responder organisations

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“This document provides first responder organisations with a good practice framework that aims to provide guidance to protect the mental health of their workforces, promote wellbeing and prevent suicide. Every first responder agency, just like every workplace, has unique characteristics. This framework is not intended to be prescriptive. However, there are common, core actions that work, and issues that every agency can and need to address.”

Source: Heads Up and available from this link (open access).

Establishing cross-border co-operation between professional organizations: Police, fire brigades and emergency health services in Dutch border regions

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“This article explores the conditions under which local and regional governments will establish and sustain cross-border co-operation in the fields of police, fire fighting and emergency health services. It argues that understanding this type of cross-border co-operation requires a focus on the way in which professionals define and apply their professional standards in cross-border contexts.”

Source: Princen, S., Geuijen, K., Candel, J., Folgerts, O., & Hooijer, R. (2016). European Urban and Regional Studies, 23(3), and available from this link (open access).

Fire service CIO sparks ambitious changes



“The article discusses comments from Neil Moore of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in England, regarding their move to cloud. Topics discussed include use of information technology (IT) services from Hampshire County Council that are delivered through Citrix technology, their approach for digital transformation and use of telecommunication firm Virgin Media Business to help establish a wide area network and specialist provider Unify to implement unified communications.”

Source: Samuels, M (2017). Computer Weekly, and available from this link (subscription journal).