Can More Be Done to Reduce Firefighter Injury?

  • Bill GoughEmail author


This chapter explores the ‘Moment of Choice’—the moment of firefighter decision-making in action. A Human Factors analysis of firefighter injury sustained during emergency response operations is presented, based on evidence provided by English Fire Services throughout 2015. The findings presented establish that competent, professional, and experienced firefighters are more likely to be injured in the operational domain of the Fire Service, some on repeated occasions. For the most part, firefighters will be injured in the relatively inert environmental conditions of the daytime hours. The majority of injuries will be associated with fires but not directly with firefighting or search and rescue. In addition, for the first time, a Human Factors analysis shows that injury is likely to result from the attention failures of automated behaviour and mistakes in task activity. The implications of using Human Factors analysis for error management and injury reduction in Fire Services is re-evaluated based upon insights presented.


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  1. 1.School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural SciencesCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

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