Protecting Firefighters Workshop summary

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Protecting Firefighters Workshop summary

  1. 1. on<br />September<br />2009<br />22<br />
  2. 2. 16th Annual<br />2009Conference<br />Meeting Expectations<br />I<br />the<br />
  3. 3. 16th Annual<br />2009Conference<br />Meeting Expectations<br />I<br />Incorporated the …<br />
  4. 4. 16th Annual<br />Protecting Firefighters<br />Preconference Workshop<br />
  5. 5. This Pre-Conference Workshop …<br />was part of an ongoingprocess <br />1<br />Commencement of CRC Research D2.3<br />May 2009<br />Workshop<br />Sept 2009<br />22<br />
  6. 6. Currently lead by …<br />Contact Jen Lumsden<br />Education Manager<br />Jen.Lumsden@bushfirecrc.com<br />Tel: 03 9412 9605<br />Commencement of CRC Research D2.3<br />May 2009<br />Workshop<br />Sept 2009<br />22<br />
  7. 7. Soon to be<br />Currently lead by …<br />Commencement of CRC Research D2.3<br />May 2009<br />Workshop<br />Sept 2009<br />22<br />
  8. 8. The Bushfire CRC and the research have come a long way to get to this point<br />Commencement of CRC Research D2.3<br />May 2009<br />Workshop<br />Sept 2009<br />22<br />
  9. 9. 44<br />people <br />participated<br />
  10. 10. in a meeting of <br />mindsbetween <br />Researchers<br />Agency & Industry<br />
  11. 11. 44<br />from<br />22<br />fire agencies <br />
  12. 12. 44<br />from<br />22<br />fire agencies <br />from<br />12<br />land management <br />
  13. 13. 44<br />from<br />22<br />fire agencies <br />from<br />12<br />land management <br />others<br />10<br />from universities, SES, local government <br />& the private sector <br />
  14. 14. fromeverystate & territory<br />44<br />
  15. 15. fromeverystate & territory<br />including<br />44<br />
  16. 16. Why<br />bring all these people together<br />?<br />
  17. 17. 3<br />reasons <br />
  18. 18. Conversations<br />1st<br />that deepen agency and industry understanding about the Bushfire CRC Research … <br />
  19. 19. 1st<br />
  20. 20. 1st<br />Conversations<br />that deepen agency and industry understanding about the Bushfire CRC Research … <br />2nd<br />Relationships<br />strengthening the links between researchers, agency and industry staff …<br />
  21. 21. 2nd<br />
  22. 22. 1st<br />Conversations<br />that deepen agency and industry understanding about the Bushfire CRC Research … <br />2nd<br />Relationships<br />strengthening the links between researchers, agency and industry staff …<br />3rd<br />Practical Action<br />ways of getting industry-wide adoption of research resulting in improved firefighter safety<br />
  23. 23. 3rd<br />
  24. 24. And!<br />
  25. 25. At the <br />centre<br />of the workshop<br />were …<br />
  26. 26. rigorous<br />3<br />pieces of Research<br />
  27. 27. Let’s look at a snapshot of all<br />3<br />
  28. 28. 1 <br />Safe Behaviour & Decision Making<br />Project Leader: Mary Omodei<br />Email: m.omodei@latrobe.edu.au<br />
  29. 29. Understanding this …<br />
  30. 30. Fire Behavior<br />
  31. 31. Fire Behavior<br />… is essential to effective<br />bushfire fighting<br />
  32. 32. And!<br />
  33. 33. Understanding this …<br />
  34. 34. Human Behavior<br />
  35. 35. … is critical to understand how human behaviours influence safety outcomes<br />Human Behavior<br />
  36. 36. We allknowthis…<br />
  37. 37. The FireTriangle<br />Air<br />Heat<br />Fuel<br />
  38. 38. Now we all need to understandthis!<br />
  39. 39. aHuman Factors Fire Triangle<br />Thinking<br />Relating<br />Co-ordinating<br />
  40. 40. aHuman Factors Fire Triangle<br />“these factors influence <br />safety on the fireground”<br />3<br />Thinking<br />Relating<br />Co-ordinating<br />
  41. 41. One of the key lessons…<br />
  42. 42. We are good at managing the fire, but not good at managing ourselves!<br />
  43. 43. Let’s build on this <br />key lesson and look at research topic<br />#2<br />
  44. 44. 1 <br />Safe Behaviour & Decision Making<br />2<br />Firefighter Health & Safety<br />Dr Brad Aisbett<br />Lecturer Deakin University<br />brad.aisbett@deakin.edu.au<br />
  45. 45. “Cutting edge science based on real fireground work…helping fire agencies preserve the health and safety of their personnel” <br />
  46. 46. This research puts<br />things under the <br />forensic microscope<br />4<br />
  47. 47. Fatigue<br />Hydration<br />Firefighter Health & Safety<br />Fitness<br />Cardiovascular Health<br />
  48. 48. Hydration<br />One of the key findings …<br /> across 3 studies<br />
  49. 49. Firefighters not only leave the firegrounddehydrated<br />
  50. 50. They actually arrivedehydrated!<br />
  51. 51. Why is hydrationimportant?<br />
  52. 52. dehydrationleads to...<br />
  53. 53. ↑cardiac stress<br />
  54. 54. decision <br />making<br />abilities<br />↓<br />↑cardiac stress<br />
  55. 55. decision <br />making<br />abilities<br />↓<br />↑cardiac stress<br />risk of collapse<br />↑<br />
  56. 56. decision <br />making<br />abilities<br />↓<br />↑cardiac stress<br />risk of collapse<br />↑<br />↓<br />productivity<br />
  57. 57. A key message to communicate!<br />
  58. 58. Manage your hydration <br />
  59. 59. Fatigue<br />Hydration<br />And!beyond hydration<br />Cardiovascular Health<br />Fitness<br />
  60. 60. Manage your fitness <br />
  61. 61. Why?<br />
  62. 62. These findingshave<br />BIG implications <br />way beyond health and safety!<br />
  63. 63. Less fit firefighters get injuredmore often<br />Injuredfirefighters↓ workforce<br />Injured firefighters↑ compen$ation<br />
  64. 64. is your workforceFit for duty??<br />
  65. 65. And now to<br />research topic <br />#3 <br />
  66. 66. Drum roll please…<br />
  67. 67. 1 <br />Safe Behaviour & Decision Making<br />2<br />Firefighter Health & Safety<br />3 <br />Information Flow & IMT effectiveness Dr Christine Owen <br />Program leader: Education and Training <br />Project Leader: Enhancing Information Flow and IMT effectiveness Bushfire<br />Bushfire CRC – www.bushfirecrc.com<br />
  68. 68. One of the key lessons…<br />
  69. 69. Effective Incident Management<br />... is less about managing the fire<br />
  70. 70. Effective Incident Management<br />& more about informationflow<br />
  71. 71. Incident management <br />is all about managing ...<br />
  72. 72. Incident management <br />is all about managing ...<br />Complexity<br />
  73. 73. Incident management <br />is all about managing ...<br />Complexity<br />Interdependency<br />
  74. 74. Incident management <br />is all about managing ...<br />Complexity<br />Interdependency<br />&On-flow effects<br />
  75. 75. Problematic <br />coordination blockages occur ...<br />
  76. 76. Problematic <br />coordination blockages occur ...<br />during escalation<br />
  77. 77. Problematic <br />coordination blockages occur ...<br />during escalation<br />@ ICS Level 2-3<br />
  78. 78. Problematic <br />coordination blockages occur ...<br />during escalation<br />@ ICS Level 2-3<br />when multiple stakeholders involved<br />
  79. 79. Problematic <br />coordination blockages occur ...<br />during escalation<br />@ ICS Level 2-3<br />when multiple stakeholders involved<br /> weak links between IMT &Fireground<br />
  80. 80. & one more thing …<br />
  81. 81. During Briefings …<br />
  82. 82. During Briefings …<br /> where one was received!<br />
  83. 83. Problems in <br />hearing, seeing & speakingoccurred<br />
  84. 84. only33%of respondents heard <br />alternative strategies …<br />
  85. 85. only33%of respondents heard <br />alternative strategies …<br /> even in incidents that were complex<br />
  86. 86.
  87. 87.
  88. 88. Ok, what ACTION is needed to achieve …<br />
  89. 89. Ok, what ACTION is needed to achieve …<br />and …<br />
  90. 90. … <br />industry adoption of this research<br />
  91. 91. ? <br />industry adoption of this research<br />…<br />effective decision making<br />
  92. 92. ? <br />industry adoption of this research<br />?<br />effective decision making<br />… <br />a safer and more efficient workplace <br />
  93. 93. Here’s a snapshot of <br />practical actions <br />developed by participants <br />on September<br />22<br />
  94. 94.
  95. 95. Communicate<br /> the research & implications …<br />
  96. 96. Communicate<br /> by targeting the right people<br />
  97. 97. Communicate<br /> with simple language, <br /> concrete images and …<br />
  98. 98. Communicate<br /> stories from the field!<br />
  99. 99. Spread knowledge<br />
  100. 100. Spread knowledge<br /> using credible sources<br />
  101. 101. Spread knowledge<br /> & using existing networks<br />
  102. 102. Spread knowledge<br /> & remember Word of Mouth<br />
  103. 103. Build research into existing training<br />
  104. 104. Build research into existing training<br />
  105. 105. Engage directly<br />
  106. 106. Engage directly<br />At all levels<br />
  107. 107. Engage directly <br />across all agencies <br /> & organisations<br />
  108. 108. and finally …<br />
  109. 109. Practice what<br />we Preach!<br />
  110. 110. So …whois going to <br />take responsibility <br />for action implementation?<br />
  111. 111. So … meis going to <br />take responsibility <br />for action implementation?<br />
  112. 112. So …youis going to <br />take responsibility <br />for action implementation?<br />
  113. 113. So …usis going to <br />take responsibility <br />for action implementation?<br />
  114. 114. all ofusis going to <br />take responsibility <br />for action implementation?<br />
  115. 115. all ofusis going to <br />take responsibility <br />for action impleme so that …ntation?<br />
  116. 116. … we achieve industry-wideadoption of the research<br />
  117. 117. improved firefighter<br />health and safety<br />
  118. 118. improved decision making<br />at all levels …<br />
  119. 119. a greater capacity for <br />multi-agency<br />collaboration …<br />
  120. 120. in times of increasing <br />uncertainty <br />& complexity!<br />
  121. 121. What<br />did workshop <br /> participants <br />“have to say” <br /> about the September <br /> workshop?<br />22<br />
  122. 122. I have to do more <br />in relation to the research <br />areas in my agency” Workshop Participant<br />“<br />
  123. 123. The empowerment to go back <br />to my agency and begin to make a difference and guide my colleagues into becoming a HRO* <br />for greater safety and <br />decision making”Workshop Participant<br />*HRO = High Reliability Organisation<br />“<br />
  124. 124. Participants valued the interactions across diverse participating organisations<br />
  125. 125. I learnt that people in all <br />positions and levels have <br />the same concerns <br />for their staff and <br />fellow workers” Workshop Participant<br />“<br />
  126. 126. A shared understanding about <br />the level of change needed emerged<br />
  127. 127. “<br />It confirms that implementation of human factors into doctrine <br />is on the right path for organisational change.”<br />
  128. 128. Consensus about the need for a National approach & at all levels<br />
  129. 129. “<br />The problems we have on firegrounds due to human factors <br />are a ‘national issue’ ... <br />... and needs to be addressed <br />at all levels, supported by <br />AGENCY HEADS”Workshop Participant<br />
  130. 130. The importance of <br />scenario planning<br />
  131. 131. “<br />The value of running a <br />‘worst case’ or ‘what if’ <br />examination of <br />real life scenarios <br />as a training/learning tool”<br /> Workshop Participant<br />
  132. 132. Ongoing communication about the research is critical<br />
  133. 133. “<br />The importance of <br />communication: personal, agency, interstate, national.” Workshop Participant<br />
  134. 134. end<br />The<br />
  135. 135. The Small Print<br />This Slideshow content came directly from the BCRC Sept 22 Protecting Firefighters Preconference workshop. It is a summary of the (mostly) qualitative analysis that came from the workshop activities and participants.<br />Participant feedback and quotes are based on an evaluation process held with the 44 participants at the end of the workshop. <br />The recommended next steps and actions also came from processes at the workshop involving the participants.<br />Slide story designed by Geoff Brown (Tangent Consulting) in conjunction with the workshop steering committee lead by Jen Lumsden of the Bushfire CRC.<br />Slideshow pictures were sourced from the AFAC Conference website at Flickr.com, from the CFA and from iStockphoto.com<br />Slide design by Geoff Brown (Tangent Consulting). Design inspired by designs from Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen.com and the book of the same name. <br />If you have any questions, or would like a full copy of the workshop proceedings, please contact Jen Lumsden at the Bushfire CRC – Jen.Lumsden@bcrc.com <br />Geoff Brown<br /> www.tangentconsulting.com.au<br />

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