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A model of communicative and hierarchical foundations of high reliability organizing in wildland firefighting teams

Publications Posted on: July 06, 2018
Organizational hierarchy is an inescapable aspect of many exemplary high reliability organizations (HROs). As organizations begin to adopt HRO theorizing to improve practice, it is increasingly important to explain how HRO principles - which assume the hallmarks of a flat hierarchy - can be understood and enacted in rigidly stratified organizations.

Returning fire to the land: celebrating traditional knowledge and fire

Publications Posted on: June 27, 2017
North American tribes have traditional knowledge about fire effects on ecosystems, habitats, and resources. For millennia, tribes have used fire to promote valued resources. Sharing our collective understanding of fire, derived from traditional and western knowledge systems, can benefit landscapes and people.

Bridging the divide between fire safety research and fighting fire safely: How do we convey research innovation to contribute more effectively to wildland firefighter safety?

Publications Posted on: February 21, 2017
Creating a safe workplace for wildland firefighters has long been at the centre of discussion for researchers and practitioners. The goal of wildland fire safety research has been to protect operational firefighters, yet its contributions often fall short of potential because much is getting lost in the translation of peer-reviewed results to potential and intended users.

Hands-on learning: Its effectiveness in teaching the public about wildland fire

Publications Posted on: January 24, 2017
This study evaluated workshops for the adult public featuring experiential learning about wildland fire. Participants used hands-on activities to investigate fire behavior and ecology and to assess hazards in the wildland-urban interface. Effectiveness was examined using a pretest, a posttest following the program, and another posttest 30 days later.

Geek out on mindfulness

Pages Posted on: October 03, 2016
Additional resources on mindfulness to supplement the mindfulness tool box.

What information do people use, trust, and find useful during a disaster? Evidence from five large wildfires

Publications Posted on: March 04, 2015
The communication system through which information flows during a disaster can be conceived of as a set of relationships among sources and recipients who are concerned about key information characteristics. The recipient perspective is often neglected within this system. In this article, we explore recipient perspectives related to what information was used, useful, and trustworthy in a wildfire context.

The communicative construction of safety in wildland firefighting (Proceedings)

Publications Posted on: September 17, 2013
This dissertation project used a two-study mixed methods approach, examining the communicative accomplishment of safety from two perspectives: high reliability organizing (Weick, Sutcliffe, & Obstfeld 1999), and safety climate (Zohar 1980). In Study One, 27 firefighters from two functionally similar wildland firefighting crews were interviewed about their crew-level interactions for implementing safety rules and tasks.

A social network approach to understanding science communication among fire professionals

Publications Posted on: September 17, 2013
Studies of science communication and use in the fire management community suggest manager's access research via informal information networks and that these networks vary by both agency and position. We used a phone survey followed by traditional statistical analyses to understand the informal social networks of fire professionals in two western regions of the United States (Northern Rockies and Southwest).

Applying the best available science to fire management: Individual and organizational influences to success

Publications Posted on: September 17, 2013
Fifty years of scientific literature on human behavior, communication and organizations offers numerous insights into the communication and use of science in the context of public land management. Using diverse but complementary social science theories and methods, I studied individual and organizational influences on the use of science by federal fire managers and decision-makers.

Social science at the wildland-urban interface: a compendium of research results to create fire-adapted communities

Publications Posted on: May 13, 2013
Over the past decade, a growing body of research has been conducted on the human dimensions of wildland fire. As this research has matured, there has been a recognition of the need to examine the full body of resulting literature to synthesize disparate findings and identify lessons learned across studies.

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