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The exposure index: developing firefighter safety performance measures

Author(s): David E. Calkin, John Phipps, Thomas P. Holmes, Jon D. Rieck, Matthew P. Thompson
Year Published: 2011
Description:

A cornerstone of effective institutional learning and accountability is the development, tracking, and analysis of informative performance measures. In a previous issue of Fire Management Today ("A New Look at Risk Management," Winter 2011), a series of articles highlighted the importance of organizational safety and risk management and the challenges of balancing safety, efficiency, and effectiveness in the wildfire management environment. Assessing risks to firefighter safety can be difficult, especially in the complex, uncertain, and dynamic environment of active incident management. Programmatic evaluation of firefighter safety is likewise difficult. Additional concerns regarding efficiency and escalating wildfire management costs pose challenges for the Forest Service.

Citation: Calkin, Dave; Phipps, John; Holmes, Tom; Rieck, Jon; Thompson, Matt 2011. The Exposure Index: Developing firefighter safety performance measures. Fire Management Today. 71(4): 24-27.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Human Dimensions of Fire Management, Human Factors of Firefighter Safety, Decisionmaking & Sensemaking, Risk
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 16182
FRAMES RCS number: 13461
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 26930
Record updated: Jan 30, 2018