Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"That All Seems More Like Common Sense": An Examination of Firefighter Cognitive Maps
by McWhorter, Chelsie, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2014, 130; 1565602
Abstract (Summary)

Understanding how firefighters navigate their protection areas is a topic few researchers have focused on. Building on a foundation of cognitive mapping, wayfinding and the standard operating procedures of the fire service, this study examines how firefighters form, access and utilize cognitive maps while performing duties of their job. Semi structured interviews and a brief questionnaire were administered to members of volunteer and career-based fire departments in the St. Louis Metro area. In addition, firefighting training materials were reviewed. Analysis and conclusions could be utilized to identify training gaps and improve response times for all emergency responders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Acheson, Gillian
Commitee: Brown, Stacey R., Hume, Susan
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography
Keywords: Cognitive map, Emergency navigation, Emergency response, Firefighting, Mental map, Wayfinding
Publication Number: 1565602
ISBN: 978-1-321-20737-8
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