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Behavioural neuroscience improved firefighter decision-making

Fire fighters against a flaming backdrop

BBSRC-funded behavioural neuroscience research at Cardiff University has underpinned changes to the national guidance provided to Incident Commanders in the UK Fire and Rescue Services. The guidance provides a rapid mental checklist that aims to ensure Incident Commanders are making the best decisions to protect firefighters and meet incident objectives.

An associated ESRC-funded secondment explored how fire services use the checklist and developed a training protocol. The new decision control process has also been incorporated into the doctrine of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Procedures used when UK emergency services come together to tackle large complex incidents. It has also attracted significant interest from Fire and Rescue Services in other countries.