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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 2,900 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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Wildland fire operations are conducted in a high-risk environment. Individuals involved in all aspects of fire management are subject to the dangers of burnovers, vehicle and aircraft accidents, and medical emergencies. Between 1990 and 1998, 133 individuals died while involved in wildland fire activities (Figure 1). These deaths...
Author(s): Richard Mangan
Year Published: 1999
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Carroll begins by discussing how different staff members in an organization know different things about how work is accomplished. For an organization to run properly, these staff members must engage in organizational learning, which means facilitating the development of organizational knowledge by supporting each other and...
Author(s): John S. Carroll
Year Published: 1998
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This Phase III report of the interagency "Wildland Firefighter Safety Awareness" project presents over 200 recommendations for improving the organizational culture, leadership, human factors and external influences that affect wildland firefighter safety. Together they are a set of detailed implementation strategies for meeting the...
Year Published: 1998
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Weick uses the metaphor of jazz improvisation to discuss the way people verbally communicate about organizational improvisation. He argues that the descriptions and processes used to discuss composing on the spur of the moment provide a lexicon for discussing concepts central to organizational theory. Weick places an emphasis on the...
Author(s): Karl E. Weick
Year Published: 1998
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alder recognizes two decisions common to both the Mann Gulch and Storm King Mountain fires that influenced the behavior of firefighters during critical moments: 1) failing to question authority and 2) failing to obey authority. He argues that these failures are based on individual perceptions of legitimate authority. There are four...
Author(s): G. Stoney Alder
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mindful learning takes place with an awareness of contexts and of the ever-changing nature of information. A mindful approach is distinguished by three characteristics: the continuous creation of new categories, openness to new information, and an implicit awareness of more than one perspective. Learning is hindered by popular...
Author(s): Ellen J. Langer
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This report summarizes the results of Phase II of a four phase study to examine the Federal wildland firefighting community and to improve firefighter safety. The first phase described the strengths and problem areas of the current organizational culture, and considered leadership and accountability issues, human factors, and...
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
There are many characterizations of wildland firefighters and their work culture. These characterizations vary across all levels of organizations, jurisdictions and types of jobs. As closely held as these perceptions are, as confident as each of us is with our own perceptions--it begs the question of what a systematic look at...
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Atwood notes that while managers must adopt a passion for safety, the true tet is on the fire line. Supervisors are in charge of making decisions that ultimately put safety first.  Atwood argues that improvement will not come from the top down, or the outside in, and that firefighting experience is the most critical factor in...
Author(s): George Atwood
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Researchers have often studied and discussed errors and accidents within an organizational setting in two ways. The first focuses on the individual, while the second looks at the system in which the individual operates. Edmondson argues for a third perspective, one that looks at both the individual and the system, and specifically...
Author(s): Amy Edmondson
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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