Decision making effectiveness in wildfire incident management teams

McLennan, Jim, Holgate, Alina, Omodei, Mary M. and Wearing, Alexander J. 2006, Decision making effectiveness in wildfire incident management teams, Journal of contingincies and crisis management, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 27-37, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5973.2006.00478.x.

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Title Decision making effectiveness in wildfire incident management teams
Author(s) McLennan, Jim
Holgate, Alina
Omodei, Mary M.
Wearing, Alexander J.
Journal name Journal of contingincies and crisis management
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 37
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0966-0879
Summary During large scale wildfires, suppression activities are carried out under the direction of an Incident Management Team (IMT). The aim of the research was to increase understanding of decision processes potentially related to IMT effectiveness. An IMT comprises four major functions: Command, Operations, Planning, and Logistics. Four methodologies were used to study IMT processes: computer simulation experiments; analyses of wildfire reports; interviews with IMT members; and cognitive ethnographic studies of IMTs. Three processes were important determinants of IMT effectiveness: information management and cognitive overload; matching component function goals to overall goals; and team metacognition to detect and counter task-disruptive developments. These processes appear to be complex multi-person analogues of individual Incident Command processes identified previously. The findings have implications for issues such as: creating IMTs; training IMTs; managing IMTs; and providing decision support to IMTs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-5973.2006.00478.x
Field of Research 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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