Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 393–406 | Cite as

A Systemic Approach to Fire Prevention Support

  • E. Higgins
  • M. TaylorEmail author
  • H. Francis


Fire prevention initiatives are increasingly being viewed as an effective approach to fire and rescue service improvement. In this paper we examine a research project aimed at investigating the use of a novel multi-paradigm systemic approach to fire prevention support involving the use of interpretivist soft systems approaches combined with experimental scientific statistical modelling. The research project is based upon a 2 year case study in Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in the UK. The soft systems approach was beneficial for understanding the nature of fire prevention, and the causal factors associated with unintentional dwelling fires. When combined with a statistical modelling approach and a hard systems approach to developing a geographical information system, the result was a useful tool for analysis of unintentional dwelling fires that assisted in targeting fire prevention activities to those most at risk.


Soft Systems Methodology Fire Prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Liverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK

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