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Familiarity & IMT performance

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Planning & Research

  11.36 AM 4 April, 2013

Location: General

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Does it matter whether incident management team members have previously worked together?

The Bushfire CRC's Fire Note issue 106 explains that it can affect how an IMT functions.

The Fire Note, The influence of familiarity on teamwork and decision making investigates the teamwork and decision making differences between familiar (pre-formed) and unfamiliar (ad hoc) incident management teams (IMTs).

This research is a completed PhD project by Peter Hayes, part of the Safe behaviour and decision making project from the first phase of the Bushfire CRC (2003-2010). It examines the ways in which the performance of pre-formed IMTs was clearly superior to that of ad hoc IMTs, and identifies ways that fire agencies can assist members of ad hoc IMTs quickly become more familiar with each other.

Many more resources from this project, including a video explaining the research, are available here.

View this Fire Note, and all previous issues, at

Last Updated: 04 April 2013