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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,700 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, and seminars.

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Gonzales attempts to answer the question of why, in life threatening events, do some people survive and others die? In a series of true-life stories about people who have had skills and behaviors of “miraculous endurance” or who have met “sudden death,” Gonzales describes how people get into life threatening jams and how some of...
Author(s): Laurence Gonzales
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This resource is a special issue of Fire Management Today that includes articles on fire behavior and descriptions of specific large fires that have important lessons in fire fighter safety.
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
INTRODUCTION: Our lab has recently documented the total energy expenditure during arduous wildfire suppression using the doubly labeled water methodology. The elevated rates of isotopic elimination indicate an arduous working environment that may often compromise energy balance and overall hydration. PURPOSE: The purpose of this...
Author(s): Brent Ruby, D.A. Schoeller, B.J. Sharkey, C. Burks, S. Tysk
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
From documents related to the 1994 South Canyon fire in Colorado, Larson examines how two worldviews presented by J.R. Taylor in his book, “Rethinking the theory of organizational communication: how to read an organization” function as sensemaking tools, both retrospectively and during crisis decision making. As Taylor explains, “In...
Author(s): Gregory Larson
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
On the Dude Fire Staff Ride, we retraced the steps of people who were under pressure. Some of those people handled pressure well. Some didn’t. For a richer understanding of the Dude Fire, we should focus on what happens when people are overcome by events; then we might be in a better position to prevent similar tragedies in the...
Author(s): Karl E. Weick
Year Published: 2002
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation was to determine the total energy expenditure (TEE) by using the doubly labeled water (DLW) methodology during 5 d of wildfire suppression in Montana, California, Florida, Washington, and Idaho. METHODS: Seventeen wildland firefighters (from three Interagency Hot Shot crews, N = 8 men,...
Author(s): Brent Ruby, T.C. Schriver, T.W. Zderic, B.J. Sharkey, C. Burks, S. Tysk
Year Published: 2002
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Comparing several well-known wildfires, Weick argues for a causal connection between firefighter tool retention and fatalities. To Weick, tools are an extension of firefighter identity and to drop one’s tools is to let go of one’s identity. He believes improvisation during high stress situations will increase safety and help...
Author(s): Karl E. Weick
Year Published: 2001
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Based on his earlier book, “Emotional Intelligence,” Goleman applies years of research to this practical guide on emotional intelligence in organizations. In the first part of the book, Goleman makes a “hard case for soft skills” by arguing that emotional intelligence is paramount to IQ, or expertise, in determining who will excel...
Author(s): Daniel Goleman
Year Published: 2000
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Smoke exposure measurements among firefighters at wildfires in the Western United States between 1992 and 1995 showed that altogether most exposures were not significant, between 3 and 5 percent of the shift-average exposures exceeded occupational exposure limits for carbon monoxide and respiratory irritants. Exposure to benzene and...
Author(s): Timothy E. Reinhardt, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2000
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This Phase III report of the interagency "Wildland Firefighter Safety Awareness" project presents over 200 recommendations for improving the organizational culture, leadership, human factors and external influences that affect wildland firefighter safety. Together they are a set of detailed implementation strategies for meeting the...
Year Published: 1998
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).