Dealing with dangerous situations and stress is part of the work of firefighters. According to the accident statistics of the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) for volunteer fire brigades, accidents and injuries occur repeatedly during emergency response and especially during firefighting. Understanding and applying effective teamwork processes within the emergency force structures (group, squadron, troop) can reduce accidents during stressful situations. Teamwork processes can already be specifically trained in fire safety training, although such training is not yet provided for in previous training guidelines.
The aim of our project is therefore to develop, implement and evaluate a professional team training concept for fire protection training that is specially tailored to fire protection. The aim of the training is to improve the team processes in emergency response structures with regard to non-technical skills such as communication, coordination, decision making and management behaviour, for more safety and less stress in operations. These are conveyed in a practice-oriented manner using typical fire brigade case studies and trained in practical deployment exercises.
Project partners are: Prof. Dr. Vera Hagemann (University of Bremen), Jun.-Prof. Dr. Corinna Peifer (Ruhr-University Bochum), Jessica Freywald (Professional Fire Department Cologne), Maik Holtz (Professional Fire Department Cologne)
The project was approved by the DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung). In addition to material and travel expenses, Prof. Hagemann was also granted a position for a research assistant for 3 years.