Applying Occupational Psychology to the Fire Service

Emotion, Risk and Decision-Making

  • Thomas Rhys Evans
  • Gail Steptoe-Warren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas Rhys Evans, Gail Steptoe-Warren
      Pages 3-10
  3. Emotion

  4. Risk and Safety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Gail Steptoe-Warren, Thomas Rhys Evans
      Pages 205-227
  5. Decision-Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Pat Tissington, Frank Watt
      Pages 231-259
    3. Sophie Ward, Gail Steptoe-Warren, Thomas Rhys Evans
      Pages 261-296
  6. Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Thomas Rhys Evans, Gail Steptoe-Warren
      Pages 299-315
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-321

About this book


Applying Occupational Psychology in the Fire Service: Emotion, Risk and Decision-Making is a call to arms for more robust practices to support the Fire Service. It provides readers with an overview of the latest research informing the policies, procedures and practices of those working on the ground in the UK Fire Service. Using best-practice principles and cutting edge theory, it demonstrates how occupational psychology can be applied to fire services around the globe to improve individual, management, and organisational decisions. Supported by extensive interview content, the authors aim to provide students, trainees, practitioners and fire personnel with a unique insight into a range of topics, including resilience, injury, work related wellbeing, community engagement as well as decision making and operational preparedness. The final chapter discusses lessons learned and future directions in implementing occupational psychology based projects in this context. By highlighting the psychological factors involved in the firefighter occupation, this book paves the way towards a better understanding of emotion, risk, safety, and decision-making within the fire context. 

Thomas Rhys Evans is Associate Professor in Occupational Psychology at Coventry University, UK. Tom’s work focusses upon the social and affective components of work, with a particular passion for Open Science. Tom has published in EmotionEmotion Review, and Frontiers in Psychology, amongst others.

Gail Steptoe-Warren is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Associate Head of School at Coventry University UK. Gail’s work focusses upon decision-making, leadership and Situational Judgement Tests. Gail has published in the Journal of Strategy and Management and Assessment and Development Matters, amongst others. 


Fire Service Policy Fire Service Procedure Resilience Injury at Work Operational preparedness Fire Service Management Classical Decision Theory (CDT) Emotion Regulation Evacuation Decision Model (EDM) Risk Assesment Occupational Psychology Fire Service Work-related Wellbeing Community Engagement Severe Weather Events

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Rhys Evans
    • 1
  • Gail Steptoe-Warren
    • 2
  1. 1.Coventry University CoventryUK
  2. 2.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK

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