My previous research focused on UK Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) incident commanders’ decision making. The study included 6 different FRS and involved the use of helmet cameras on incident commanders when in charge of real emergencies. Subsequent interviews were conducted using the helmet camera footage to aid recall and probe them about the cognitive skills they used. An analysis of the interview transcriptions identified a distinct pattern of decision making, which was not in accordance with the extant UK FRS decision making model. The research subsequently influenced the revision of that model.
I am currently leading a project to identify the non-technical skills, e.g. leadership, situation awareness and decision making, of UK FRS incident commanders and the subsequent development of a behavioural marker scheme that may be used to assess video or live performance.
I am also involved in a research project investigating communication and information transfers between UK FRS incident commanders and frontline staff and the resultant degree of compliance.
I am interested in examining the eye movements of UK FRS incident commanders whilst they conduct an initial assessment of the scene of an emergency and to explore the effects of anxiety and experience on their eye movements, situation awareness and decision making.
Selected publications (2014 onwards)
Full list of publications
Research topics and related papers
Non-technical skills and associated behaviours of UK FRS incident commanders
Physiological differences between novice and expert UK FRS incident commanders when assessing the scene of an emergency and the influence of anxiety
UK FRS incident commanders’ situation awareness and decision making
ESRC 1+3 MSc and PhD
Perception and Action
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, Cardiff University
Prof. Rob Honey, Cardiff University
2011 - 15 BSc Psychology, Birkbeck College, London University
2015 – current MSc in Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University
1984 – 1990 Dorset Fire Brigade
1990 – 2015 London Fire Brigade