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THe INcident Command Skills (THINCS) system: a users’ guide for UK fire and rescue service

Butler, Philip 2020. THe INcident Command Skills (THINCS) system: a users’ guide for UK fire and rescue service. [Manual]. Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom: Cardiff University.

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The UK fire and rescue service (FRS) is confronted with a number of challenges in relation to incident command in the face of reducing opportunities for incident commanders to gain operational experience. The Chief Fire Officers’ Association1 (CFOA) (2015) identified areas in need of improvement in relation to incident commanders’ judgement of risk and decision making when under pressure and dealing with complex and major incidents in multi-agency environments. The role of incident commander represents the greatest risk ‘…in terms of the safety of those they are in command of, and also the people that they are protecting’ (CFOA, 2015, pp.25), which is acknowledged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (2010) who expect incident commanders to be prepared to meet such challenges. The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) (2013) also recognise the importance of human factors and the need for the UK FRS to understand how they impact upon individual performance and incident outcomes in order to improve the safety of operations. So, it is important for incident commanders to exploit their operational experience and from it learn as much as they can to aid their preparation and safe performance.

Item Type: Monograph (Manual)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 March 2020
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2020 08:22

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