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Human Factors of Firefighter Safety

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Learning from Events: Butte Fire Staff Ride
June 28, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Aerial Fire Fighting International
March 22, 2016 to March 23, 2016
Wyoming Rural Firefighters Association Annual Meeting
December 4, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Learning from Events: Cramer Fire Staff Ride
June 25, 2012 to June 27, 2012

Webinars/Videos

Facilitated Learning Analysis: An introduction
Jun 24, 2020
Persephone Whelan, Randy Draeger, Jerry Ingersoll, Julian Affuso, Joe Harris, Steve Holdsambeck, Dale Snyder, Ruth Spradling
Normal Accidents - Are Wildland Fire Accidents and Fatalities Unavoidable?
Mar 5, 2018
Matthew S. Carroll, Lloyd C. Irland
Dude Fire - Ted Putnam with MTDC
Mar 29, 2017
Ted Putnam
Understanding Human Error Part 1
Oct 31, 2016
Sidney Dekker
Understanding Human Error Part 2
Oct 31, 2016
Sidney Dekker
Understanding Human Error Part 3
Oct 31, 2016
Sidney Dekker
Understanding Human Error Part 4
Oct 31, 2016
Sidney Dekker
Understanding Human Error Part 5
Oct 31, 2016
Sidney Dekker
Presentation 1: Analyst considerations in Alaska (concepts applicable to the lower 48)
Nov 16, 2015
Robert Ziel, LaWen Hollingsworth, Rick Stratton, Jon D. Rieck
Latest research on estimating safety zones
Jul 1, 2015
Bret W. Butler
2014 WFSTAR: Fireline Leadership
Apr 24, 2014
Chris Wilcox, Heath Cota, Stanley McCrystal
Inside the Shelter
Mar 10, 2014
Living with Fire - Wildland Fire Science
Nov 15, 2013
Janean Creighton, Christopher J. Dunn
Cramer Fire Staff Ride
Aug 2, 2013
Paul Keller
Lessons from the Woodview fire burnover
Oct 11, 2011
Paul Keller
Dude Fire Staff Ride
May 9, 2010
Wildfire! Preventing Home Ignitions
Jan 20, 2008
Jack D. Cohen
Wildland Urban Interface Fires: An Overview for Responders
Jan 17, 2008
John Getter, Dan Bailey, Will Mays, Bill Mills, Mike Dougherty

Research Briefs

2018 Wildland fire radio communication -common myths and best practices
Anne E. Black, Rebekah L. Fox, Elena Gabor, David Thomas, Jennifer Ziegler
2017 Wildland firefighter exposure to hydrocarbons
Kathleen M. Navarro, Stacey S. Frederick

Publications/Reports

2020 A robust p-Center problem under pressure to locate shelters in wildfire context
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Marc Demange, Virginie Gabrel, Marcel A. Haddad, Cécile Murat
2020 Total energy intake and self-selected macronutrient distribution during wildland fire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alexander N. Marks, Joseph A. Sol, Joseph W. Domitrovich, Molly West, Brent Ruby
2020 The potential impact of bushfire smoke on brain health
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Laura A. Milton, Anthony R. White
2020 Landscape and Wildfires Seminary: Diagnosis and suppression, methodological advances
Technical Report or White Paper
Francisco Rodriguez y Silva, Juan Ramón Molina Martínez, Matthew P. Thompson, Kit O'Connor
2020 Improving firefighter tenability during entrapment and burnover: An analysis of vehicle protection systems
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Greg Penney, Daryoush Habibi, Marcus Cattani
2020 Modeling Wildland Firefighter Travel Rates by Terrain Slope: Results from GPS-Tracking of Type 1 Crew Movement
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Patrick R. Sullivan, Michael J. Campbell, Philip E. Dennison, Simon C. Brewer, Bret W. Butler
2020 Optimizing Firefighter Nutrition: Average Glycemic Index of Fireline Meals
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ben McLane
2020 The Smoke That You Shouldn’t Have
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Randall C. Thomas
2020 Measuring acute pulmonary responses to occupational wildland fire smoke exposure using exhaled breath condensate
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Chieh-Ming Wu, Anna M. Adetona, Chi Song, Luke P. Naeher, Olorunfemi Adetona
2020 We can provide a universal Basic Fireline Life Support system – and we should
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Eli Schned
2020 Seasonal changes in wildland firefighter fitness and body composition
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Steven E. Gaskill, Charles L. Dumke, Charles G. Palmer, Brent Ruby, Joseph W. Domitrovich, Joseph A. Sol
2020 Hot, tired and hungry: the snacking behaviour and food cravings of firefighters during multi-day simulated wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Charlotte C. Gupta, Sally A. Ferguson, Brad Aisbett, Michelle Dominiak, Stephanie E. Chappel, Madeline Sprajcer, Hugh H. K. Fullagar, Saman Khalesi, Joshua H. Guy, Grace E. Vincent
2019 The effects of hydration on cognitive performance during a simulated wildfire suppression shift in temperate and hot conditions
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Michael A. Cvirn, Jillian Dorrian, Bradley P. Smith, Grace E. Vincent, Sarah M. Jay, Greg D. Roach, Charli Sargent, Brianna Larsen, Brad Aisbett, Sally A. Ferguson
2019 An assessment of research needs related to wildland firefighter safety - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program
Technical Report or White Paper
William Matt Jolly, Bret W. Butler, Wesley G. Page, Patrick H. Freeborn
2019 Predicting fire spread and behaviour on the fireline. Wildfire analyst pocket: a mobile app for wildland fire prediction
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Santiago Monedero, Joaquin Ramírez, Adrián Cardil
2019 Descriptive analysis of injuries and illnesses self-reported by wildland firefighters
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Valerie J. Moody, Taylor J. Purchio, Charles G. Palmer
2019 Firefighter Observations of “Surprising” Fire Behavior in Mountain Pine Beetle-Attacked Lodgepole Pine Forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kevin Moriarty, Anthony S. Cheng, Chad M. Hoffman, Stuart P. Cottrell, Martin E. Alexander
2019 Firefighter tenability and its influence on wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Greg Penney, Daryoush Habibi, Marcus Cattani
2019 Detecting changes in the heart rate of firefighters to prevent smoke inhalation and health effects
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Raquel Sebastião, Sandra Sorte, Joana Valente, Ana Isabel Miranda, José Maria Fernandes
2019 Wildland firefighting: adverse influence on indices of metabolic and cardiovascular health
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
R.H. Coker, C.J. Murphy, M. Johannsen, G. Galvin, B.C. Ruby
2019 Escape Route Index: A Spatially-Explicit Measure of Wildland Firefighter Egress Capacity
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Michael J. Campbell, Wesley G. Page, Philip E. Dennison, Bret W. Butler
2019 A review of US wildland firefighter entrapments: trends, important environmental factors and research needs
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wesley G. Page, Patrick H. Freeborn, Bret W. Butler, William Matt Jolly
2019 Examining barriers, motivators and injury related to physical training in wildland firefighters
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Annie Sondag, Valerie J. Moody, Aria Mangan
2019 A Classification of US Wildland Firefighter Entrapments Based on Coincident Fuels, Weather, and Topography
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wesley G. Page, Patrick H. Freeborn, Bret W. Butler, William Matt Jolly
2019 Modeling ground firefighting resource activities to manage risk given uncertain weather
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Erin J. Belval, Yu Wei, Michael Bevers
2019 Noise exposures and perceptions of hearing conservation programs among wildland firefighters
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
George A. Broyles, Chucri A. Kardous, Peter B. Shaw, Edward F. Krieg
2018 How do weather and terrain contribute to firefighter entrapments in Australia?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sébastien Lahaye, J. Sharples, Stuart Matthews, Simon Heemstra, Owen F. Price, Rachel Badlan
2018 Sleep in wildland firefighters: what do we know and why does it matter?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Grace E. Vincent, Brad Aisbett, Alexander Wolkow, Sarah M. Jay, Nicola D. Ridgers, Sally A. Ferguson
2018 Metabolic demand of hiking in wildland firefighting
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Joseph A. Sol, Brent Ruby, Steven E. Gaskill, Charles L. Dumke, Joseph W. Domitrovich
2018 Examining dispatching practices for interagency hotshot crews to reduce seasonal travel distance and manage fatigue
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Erin J. Belval, David E. Calkin, Yu Wei, Crystal S. Stonesifer, Matthew P. Thompson, Alex Taylor Masarie
2018 Taking Care of Us: The Art of Listening
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kathy Clay
2018 Fuel and topographic influences on wildland firefighter burnover fatalities in Southern California
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wesley G. Page, Bret W. Butler
2018 Body Composition Changes of United States Smokejumpers during the 2017 Fire Season
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Callie N. Collins, Randall H. Brooks, Benjamin D. Sturz, Andrew S. Nelson, Robert F. Keefe
2017 Using reverse geocoding to identify prominent wildfire evacuation trigger points
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dapeng Li, Thomas J. Cova, Philip E. Dennison
2017 Cultivating a reluctance to simplify: exploring the radio communication context in wildland firefighting
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Rebekah L. Fox, Elena Gabor, David Thomas, Jennifer Ziegler, Anne E. Black
2017 Occupational Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon of Wildland Firefighters at Prescribed and Wildland Fires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kathleen M. Navarro, Ricardo Cisneros, Elizabeth M. Noth, John R. Balmes, Katharine Hammond
2017 Wildland Fire Smoke Health Effects on Wildland Firefighters and the Public - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program
Technical Report or White Paper
Joe Domitrovich, George Broyles, Roger D. Ottmar, Timothy E. Reinhardt, Luke P. Naeher, Michael T. Kleinman, Kathleen M. Navarro, Christopher E. Mackay, Olorunfemi Adetona
2016 Butte Fire Staff Ride - Preliminary Study
Technical Report or White Paper
David Thomas
2014 Work patterns dictate energy demands and thermal strain during wildland firefighting
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John S. Cuddy, Joseph A. Sol, Walter S. Hailes, Brent Ruby
2014 Seasonal heat acclimatization in wildland firefighters
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Brianna Lui, John S. Cuddy, Walter S. Hailes, Brent Ruby
2013 Twelfth international wildland fire safety summit proceedings
Conference Proceedings
Rebekah L. Fox
2013 Wildland firefighter entrapment avoidance: modelling evacuation triggers
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Gregory K. Fryer, Philip E. Dennison, Thomas J. Cova
2012 Cramer Staff Ride: Preliminary study
Technical Report or White Paper
2011 Glycogen levels in wildland firefighters during wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John S. Cuddy, D.R. Slivka, T.J. Tucker, Walter S. Hailes, Brent Ruby
2011 The exposure index: developing firefighter safety performance measures
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
David E. Calkin, John Phipps, Thomas P. Holmes, Jon D. Rieck, Matthew P. Thompson
2010 How big was Dodge's escape fire?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Martin E. Alexander
2009 An analysis of Dodge's escape fire on the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire in terms of a survival zone for wildland firefighters
Conference Proceedings
Martin E. Alexander, Mark Y. Ackerman, Gregory J. Baxter
2008 Effects of an electrolyte additive on hydration and drinking behavior during wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John S. Cuddy, J.A. Ham, S.G. Harger, D.R. Slivka, Brent Ruby
2007 Using social science to understand and improve wildland fire organizations: an annotated reading list
Annotated Bibliography, Technical Report or White Paper
Gregory Larson, Vita Wright, Kelly Rossetto, Georgi Rausch, Andrea Richards, Stephanie Durnford
2007 Using social science to understand and improve wildland fire organizations: an annotated reading list
Annotated Bibliography, Technical Report or White Paper
Gregory Larson, Vita Wright, Kelly Rossetto, Georgi Rausch, Andrea Richards, Stephanie Durnford
2007 Supplemental feedings increase self-selected work output during wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John S. Cuddy, Steven E. Gaskill, B.J. Sharkey, S.G. Harger, Brent Ruby
2005 Use of human factors analysis for wildland fire accident investigations
Conference Proceedings
Michelle Ryerson, Chuck Whitlock
2004 Deep survival: who lives, who dies and why
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Laurence Gonzales
2003 Wildland fire behavior case studies and analysis: part 2
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
2003 Water turnover and changes in body composition during arduous wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Brent Ruby, D.A. Schoeller, B.J. Sharkey, C. Burks, S. Tysk
2002 Human factors in fire behavior analysis: reconstructing the Dude Fire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Karl E. Weick
2002 Total energy expenditure during arduous wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Brent Ruby, T.C. Schriver, T.W. Zderic, B.J. Sharkey, C. Burks, S. Tysk
2000 Smoke exposure at western wildfires
Technical Report or White Paper
Timothy E. Reinhardt, Roger D. Ottmar
2000 Working with emotional intelligence
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Daniel Goleman
1997 The power of mindful learning
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ellen J. Langer
1996 Attitude of wisdom: the experience component in wildland firefighter decisions
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
George Atwood
1996 Drop your tools: an allegory for organizational studies
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Karl E. Weick
1995 Analysis of escape efforts and personal equipment on the South Canyon Fire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ted Putnam
1995 Creating a passion for safety vs. management oversight & inspection
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
James M. Saveland
1993 Mann Gulch fire: a race that couldn't be won
Technical Report or White Paper
Richard C. Rothermel
1993 The collapse of sensemaking in organizations: the Mann Gulch disaster
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Karl E. Weick
1986 Fire Management Notes
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
1937 Death in Blackwater Canyon
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Erle Kauffman
Wildfires and WUI fire fatalities
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Katharine Haynes, Karen C. Short, Gavriil Xanthopoulos, Domingos Xavier Viegas, Luís M. Ribeiro, Raphaele M. Blanchi