Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A case study analysis of California wildland fire response and management models: The 2003 Cedar Fire and 2013 Rim Fire
by Townsell, Jason, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 90; 10182126
Abstract (Summary)

The phenomenon of wildfire growth has emerged as one of the most important geographical, social, and emergency management concerns in California this century. Attached to this concern are additional concerns related to the effective response to and management of wild fire. This qualitative multi-case research study examines the relationship between the organizational management methods of the responses to two of California’s largest and most devastating and costly wildfires ever, the 2003 California Cedar and the 2013 California Rim Fires. In addition to reviewing and analyzing the relationship between management methodology and incident response performance, this study also examines the progress and evolution of organizational management methods of the agencies involved in these two responses. The study is concluded with an analysis of the data and recommendations related to the adoption of a hybrid method of incident response management that values traditional hierarchical approaches while also valuing and instituting modern network approaches.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feldman- Jensen, Shirley
Commitee: Bethany, Michael, Jensen, Steven, Kreysa, Peter
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Public policy
Keywords: Complex adaptive system, Disaster management, Emergency management, Incident command system, Meta-organizations, Networks
Publication Number: 10182126
ISBN: 9781369305364
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