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BBSRC Innovator of the year award winners 2018

Congratulations to Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Prof Rob Honey who have won the BBSRC Innovator of the year award 2018 which celebrate excellent research which has demonstrated impact. The award was for their innovative research collaboration with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and London Fire Brigade.

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BBSRC Innovator of the year award winners 2018

The study, which was led by Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, NFCC and London Fire Brigade, and Professor Rob Honey, School of Psychology, fitted GoPro cameras to fire service commanders’ helmets, which provided audio-visual footage and revealed they often rely on an intuitive response – based on prior experience – rather than analytical decision making. 


The research led to the development of a national policy changing the way fire officer’s deal with incidents. The new decision control process helps commanders communicate goals, consequences, risks and benefits of actions taken under pressure.

The new process was implemented in decision-making guidance from early 2015 and is highly effective in altering the way in which incident commanders respond to incidents.

See the full article on: https://bbsrc.ukri.org/news/people-skills-training/2018/170518-n-innovator-of-the-year-2018/