Incident Command: Tales from the Hot Seat / Edition 1

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ales From the Hot Seat presents a unique examination of the skills of the on-scene or incident commander who is in charge of an emergency or major incident. Experienced commanders from the police and fire services, the armed forces, civil aviation and the prison service give personal accounts of their command experiences, discuss their dilemmas and the pressures they faced, and reveal the demands of leading under extreme conditions. they share intimate details of cases where their command skills were tested, ranging from industrial fires, riots, hostage taking,warfare, peacekeeping, to in-flight emergencies. each case ends with lessons learnt and tips for the developing commander. Additional chapters present expert accouts of the art of incident command, incident command systems, competencies for command, as well as reviews of the latest psychological research into decision making and team work under pressure. the book is an essential compelling text that captures the essence of incident command by analyzing command experiences across a range of professions.

Author Biography: About the Editors: Kevin Arbuthnot is Deputy Chief Fire Officer in the West Yorkshire Fire Service. As Head of Operations he has lead the team which devised and implemented the West Yorkshire Incident Command System. Subsequently, invited by the Home Office to join the 'Safe Person Concept' project, this was adapted into a command system for the whole UK fire service and published as a Fire Service Manual at the end of 1998. He is currently developing work in the area of assessment of competence to command. He lectures on incident command to the Brigade Command Course at the Fire Service College and is the lead officer on incident command issues for the Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officers Association in the UK.
Rhona Flin: 1981-1985 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, 1985-1996, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor in Applied Psychology- Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, 1997 - date Professor of Applied Psychology - University of Aberdeen

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Contributors to this text include experienced commanders from the police and fire services, the armed forces, civil aviation, and the prison service, as well as scholars in the field of psychology, from the UK and the U.S. The text provides an analysis of incident command based on personal experiences, which is balanced with an academic analysis of incident command, and decision-making and team work under pressure. Intended for trainee officers, aspiring commanders, and researchers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754613411
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 Key Issues in Incident Command 10
3 Managing the Spike: The Command Perspective in Critical Incidents 32
4 Incident Command Functions 58
5 Police Commander - The Notting Hill Riot 69
6 Fire Commander 88
7 Military Commander - Royal Navy 105
8 Military Commander - Royal Marines 138
9 Airline Captain - The View from the Flightdeck 161
10 Prison Governor 176
11 Command Decision Making 201
12 Command and Control Teams: Principles for Training and Assessment 239
13 Training Decision-Making by Team Based Simulation 258
14 Lessons from the Hot Seat 270
Index 294
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