Sitting in the Hot Seat: Leaders and Teams for Critical Incident Management / Edition 1

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Sitting in the Hot Seat Rhona Flin Aberdeen Business School, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland Life-endangering emergencies occur everyday. The plans made to cope with them swing into action — the incident teams carry them out — and we move on. But stop for a moment to think what this actually means. How is this planning done? How do the teams know what to do? Who leads them? Think of a recent major emergency; think about the people you see on your TV screens or in the newspaper; think about their tactical decision making under stress. How are those leading the emergency teams selected, trained, supervised, monitored and assessed? Particularly the individual required to undertake the role of on-scene "commander". Much has been written about the wider organizational issues — crisis management, emergency planning — or about the organizational and public service response, rather than focusing on the individual leading the on-scene response: the person in the hot seat. Rhona Flin’s book — Sitting in The Hot Seat — focuses on the need to assess managerial competence for emergency response. As an applied psychologist she has had unparalleled access to the training of incident commanders in Europe and the USA. Her work, in terms of the depth and breadth of her research, makes her uniquely qualified to write this book. For those responsible for people’s safety Sitting in The Hot Seat addresses the need to develop robust procedures to overcome the unexpected. For without adequate measures in place, and without appropriately trained incident commanders, emergencies can become disasters. The public and those responsible for their protection could pay a heavy price for the lack of preparation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471957966
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/14/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author Professor Rhona Flin is a Chartered Psychologist specializing in the application of psychology to safety and emergency management. She is Director of Research at Aberdeen Business School and Offshore Management Centre, The Robert Gordon University, where she leads a team of psychologists working with the offshore oil industry and the emergency services. She is a Visiting Fellow at the UK Fire Service College. She has also been involved with the ACPO MODACE course at the Police Staff College, Bramshill and she lectures on the Inspectors' Course at the Scottish Police College.

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Table of Contents

The Role of the Incident Commander.

Selecting the Right Stuff.

Training the Incident Commander.

The Stress of Incident Commander.

Command Decision Making.

Incident Command Teams.

Conclusions and Future Developments.




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