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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 3,600 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).

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The use of alternatives to evacuation during wildfire events continues to be an intensely debated strategy in the professional and policy circles of numerous fire-prone countries. The most recent chapter comes in response to the Black Saturday Fires in Australia, which has led to policy changes concerning alternatives to evacuation...
Author(s): Travis B. Paveglio, Matthew S. Carroll, Pamela J. Jakes
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Perrow, developer of normal accident theory, argues here that we must reduce the size of targets that are vulnerable to disasters because organizations, including political ones, cannot completely prevent all the risks associated with the potential disasters that a society might face. A basic tenant of Perrow’s argument is that...
Author(s): Charles Perrow
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Thousands of firefighters across the United States have been influenced by the first edition of “Managing the Unexpected”. In this second edition, the authors continue their analysis of high reliability organizations (HRO’s), which are organizations that routinely operate in high risk environments (where the consequences of failure...
Author(s): Karl E. Weick, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Research reveals that human error contributes 60 to 80 percent of error in aviation accidents and disasters. Thus, despite innovations in technology and safety materials, individuals must be able to make speedy yet intelligent decisions and be able to communicate those decisions in an efficient manner. Krieger explores the...
Author(s): Janice L. Krieger
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
While technology has provided the means for achieving unprecedented control over land, air, and sea, it has also become increasingly complex. As a result of this complexity, disasters are difficult to predict, and they are even more difficult to prevent. This book exposes many common mistakes that have culminated in unnecessary...
Author(s): James R. Chiles
Year Published: 2002
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This comprehensive chapter documents, from a management perspective, the knowledge base on risk assessments and risk management. The previous chapter in the book is a companion article that provides the scientific foundation for the concepts and terminology used by Cleaves and Haynes. In this chapter, Cleaves and Haynes provide a...
Author(s): D.A. Cleaves, R. W. Haynes
Year Published: 1999
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this book, Isaacs argues that we should learn to kindle and sustain a new conversational spirit in our relationships, organizations, and communities. A conversational spirit will help us in times of frustration and conflict and help us work together to a more promising future. Isaacs discusses what encourages and discourages such...
Author(s): William Isaacs
Year Published: 1999
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alder recognizes two decisions common to both the Mann Gulch and Storm King Mountain fires that influenced the behavior of firefighters during critical moments: 1) failing to question authority and 2) failing to obey authority. He argues that these failures are based on individual perceptions of legitimate authority. There are four...
Author(s): G. Stoney Alder
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
To understand and avoid future calamities, decision makers must have a more accurate way of understanding past calamities. Most of what we know about calamities comes from eye witness accounts that favor relief efforts and damage reports rather than the specific events that come together initially to form a disaster. This suggests...
Author(s): Barry A. Turner, Nick F. Pidgeon
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Turner argues that while the best way to avoid disasters is primarily “for managers to establish, to strengthen, and then to assert control,” management control only addresses part of the problem, and there are limitations that affect management in disaster situations. Turner advocates examining three interrelated factors in a...
Author(s): Barry Turner
Year Published: 1994
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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