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Preliminary results from a survey of U.S. Forest Service wildfire managers' attitudes toward aviation personnel exposure and risk

Posted date: October 31, 2012
Publication Year: 
2012
Authors: Wibbenmeyer, Matthew; Hand, MichaelCalkin, Dave E.
Publication Series: 
Research Note (RN)
Source: Res. Note RMRS-RN-50WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 38 p.

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS) has, in recent years, increasingly emphasized the importance of safety to its employees, but wildfire management remains a risky endeavor. While wildfire management decisions affecting safety and exposure of firefighters to the wildland fire environment may be aided by decision support tools such the Wildfire Decision Support System, use of such tools may be influenced by the way information is presented and by manager responses to risk. A recent survey of wildfire managers conducted by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station and the National Fire Decision Support Center used a fire management lottery experiment to elicit manager attitudes toward aviation personnel exposure and several dimensions of risk. Preliminary results suggest that wildfire managers have assimilated the USFS' recent emphasis on personnel safety, though their degree of sensitivity to potential personnel risk depends on how relevant information is presented.

Citation

Wibbenmeyer, Matthew; Hand, Michael; Calkin, David. 2012. Preliminary results from a survey of U.S. Forest Service wildfire managers' attitudes toward aviation personnel exposure and risk. Res. Note RMRS-RN-50WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 38 p.