Towards the classification of fireground cues: a qualitative analysis of expert reports

Okoli, Justin, Watt, John ORCID: and Weller, Gordon ORCID: (2017) Towards the classification of fireground cues: a qualitative analysis of expert reports. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 25 (4) . pp. 197-208. ISSN 0966-0879 [Article] (doi:10.1111/1468-5973.12129)

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Whilst there is evidence linking informational cue processing ability to effective decision making on the fireground, only a few studies have actually attempted detailed description and categorization of the cues sought by fireground commanders when managing real fires. In this study, thirty experienced firefighters were interviewed across various fire stations in the UK and Nigeria using the critical decision method protocol. Forty one different cues were identified, which were then categorized into five distinct types namely: safety cues, cues that indicate the nature of problem, environmental cues, emotive cues, and incident command and control cues. The paper concludes by evaluating the role of expertise in cue utilization, drawing on evidence from the naturalistic decision making (NDM) literature.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management (DARM)
Item ID: 20929
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Okoli, J., Watt, J. and Weller, G. (2017), Towards the Classification of Fireground Cues: A Qualitative Analysis of Expert Reports. J Contingencies Crisis Man, 25: 197–208. doi:10.1111/1468-5973.12129, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (
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