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Evolution of accident investigations

Snapshot : Change blindness,' in which people do not notice changes in a situation, is among the human phenomena uncovered after an on-the-job accident killed a firefighter in 2009. In work coordinated with the National Interagency Fire Center research findings from a variety of sources were synthesized for consideration by Forest Service administrators examining how the agency investigates serious accidents.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Jan Engert 
Research Location : nationwide
Research Station : Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 257

Summary

Change blindness,' in which people do not notice changes in a situation, is among the human phenomena uncovered after an on-the-job accident killed a firefighter in 2009. In work coordinated with the National Interagency Fire Center research findings from a variety of sources were synthesized for consideration by Forest Service administrators examining how the agency investigates serious accidents. The information gathered has been shared at meetings of fire management and suppression crews, helicopter managers and engine captains, among others.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • National Interagency Fire Center

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Wildland Fire and Fuels
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