Tools to enhance emergency management team performance
Effective teamwork is vital when managing emergencies. Emergencies can exert extreme pressures on response and management teams, their leaders and co-responders. These pressures sometimes cause breakdowns in teamwork that can lead to impaired operational response. Hazard Note 33 explains research that is helping to improve teamwork through better real-time identification and resolution of teamwork issues. To do this the project has developed two tools: the Emergency Management Breakdown Aide Memoire and the Team Process Checklist. The tools' flexibility and ease of use helps emergency managers to strengthen teamwork before, during and after emergencies. The tools can be used during training, in actual emergencies, and in after-action reviews, with emergency managers finding the tools to be highly valuable.
This research will be featured at Research Driving Change - Showcase 2017 in Adelaide on 4-5 July, with emergency management practitioners from the Country Fire Service SA, NSW State Emergency Service and Tasmania Fire Service sharing their insights on how this research has helped them in their business.
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