The purpose of this qualitative case study was to identify U.S. Army fire service organizational culture variables that can influence the safety of firefighters. One part of the study focused on interviews with U.S. Army senior (10 cases) and mid-level (10 cases) fire service leader’s perceptions of organizational culture and firefighter safety behavior. The second part of the study explored the connections between fire service organizational safety practices, fire service safety performance, and firefighter safety. Interviews and data collection were conducted on U.S. Army installations in East Asia. A pilot study was conducted to refine data collection procedures. A participant-observation investigative role was used to collect the data. The findings from the data were used to develop three fire service culture themes that may influence firefighter safety. The three fire service culture themes in the study were (a) fire service training culture differences, (b) symbolic fire service subcultures, and (c) U.S. Army fire service culture. The fire service training culture difference theme revealed that rival and competing training goals may have resulted in critical resources being diverted away from firefighter safety training programs. A symbolic fire service subculture theme discovered that firefighter safety may be influenced by unique U.S. Army environment and mission requirements. The U.S. Army fire service culture theme discovered a dominant and shared commitment towards firefighter safety; however a dominant and shared U.S. Army fire service culture theme may also increase the risk for lost opportunities to improve firefighter safety through innovation and creativity.
|Advisor:||Abram, Marie J.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Occupational health, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Firefighter, Leadership, Organizational culture, Safety, United States Army|
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