Fire service cultures, decision-making in emergency response and community engagement are among the hot topics to be discussed at the next annual conference on Fire-Related Research and Developments (RE10).


Safety Culture 

At RE10 Professors Bob England and Bill Pessemier from Oklahoma State University will discuss their research which offers a global profile of the safety culture for the larger Fire and Rescue Service as an occupation. Drawing on survey data collected from over 1,000 firefighters in three medium-sized United States municipal fire departments, they will discuss commonalities across the three municipal departments that help explain and define aspects of a global safety culture, and will review the differences that make each department unique.


Decision-Making in Emergency Response 

Delegates at the conference will also have the opportunity to learn from Professor Tony Brown, Director of Graduate Programmes in Fire and Emergency Management at Oklahoma State University. Professor Brown's research examines the role of intuition in first responder decision-making processes and how fire and emergency personnel describe their decision-making processes.


Community Engagement 

Examples of community engagement and partnership working across a variety of multi-agency initiatives will be discussed by several presenters at RE10. Kate Matheson will discuss her PhD research which is examining the relationship between the Fire and Rescue Service and the communities in which they work, particularly focusing on areas that seem hostile to fire and rescue services.


Using Multi-Agency Data for Community Safety 

Dr Nadia Al-Sabouni, Partnership Analyst at Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, will give a presentation illustrating how a multi-agency approach to data collection and analysis can contribute to strategies for addressing rates of serious road traffic accidents among young people.


FIRE/Gore Research Excellence Award 

Following the success of last year's event the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Fire Service College are continuing to jointly support this event which will held at the College, Moreton-in-Marsh, on November 17. The IFE has accredited the event with five and a half hours of CPD.

In recognition of the relevance and value of the work presented at this event,   and Gore are once again sponsoring the annual awards, to be presented at the event to oral and poster presentations meeting criteria including best value and originality.

Delegates will be able to choose from over 25 presentations covering a very broad scope of topics organised across parallel sessions. This year's submissions address a wide range of current issues of relevance across the fire community today, and offer delegates the chance to learn from experiences both here in the UK and abroad.

All delegates are welcome including those aspiring to or just setting out on fire-related studies, seasoned researchers, and those practitioners interested in understanding the many ways research is conducted and the opportunities to use research to inform their own work and practices.

For extensive coverage of RE10 see September issue of FIRE magazine.

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