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A day in the life of a volunteer incident commander: Errors, pressures and mitigating strategies.
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PMID:  23273750     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To meet an identified gap in the literature this paper investigates the tasks that a volunteer incident commander needs to carry out during an incident, the errors that can be made and the way that errors are managed. In addition, pressure from goal seduction and situation aversion were also examined. Volunteer incident commanders participated in a two-part interview consisting of a critical decision method interview and discussions about a hierarchical task analysis constructed by the authors. A SHERPA analysis was conducted to further identify potential errors. The results identified the key tasks, errors with extreme risk, pressures from strong situations and mitigating strategies for errors and pressures. The errors and pressures provide a basic set of issues that need to be managed by both volunteer incident commanders and fire agencies. The mitigating strategies identified here suggest some ways that this can be done.
Christopher Bearman; Peter A Bremner
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied ergonomics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-9126     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Ergon     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0261412     Medline TA:  Appl Ergon     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd and The Ergonomics Society. All rights reserved.
Central Queensland University, Appleton Institute, Australia; Bushfire CRC, Australia. Electronic address:
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