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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?

Posted date: February 21, 2017
Publication Year: 
2017
Authors: Adams, Theodore Ted; Butler, Bret W.Brown, SaraWright, VitaBlack, Anne E.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 26: 107-112.

Abstract

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. When information that could enhance safety is not adopted by individuals, the potential to improve safety - to decipher the wildland fire physical or social environment and to recognise hazards - is lost. We use firefighter safety-zone research as a case study to examine how primary research is, and could be, transferred to fire managers, policy-makers and firefighters. We apply four core communication theories (diffusion, translation, discourse and media richness) to improve knowledge transfer.

Citation

Adams, Theodore Ted; Butler, Bret W.; Brown, Sara; Wright, Vita; Black, Anne. 2017. 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? International Journal of Wildland Fire. 26: 107-112.