The Impact and Future of Occupational Psychology in the Fire Service: A Discussion

  • Thomas Rhys EvansEmail author
  • Gail Steptoe-Warren


This chapter brings together the contributions of the current body of work in emotion, risk and decision-making. Lessons gleaned about the design and implementation of Occupational Psychology-based projects in the context of the Fire Service are also reflected upon. The future of the Fire Service, and the study of Psychology as a whole, is discussed to determine the future value and priorities for Occupational Psychology in this context. In particular, how Open Science principles can improve practices and lead to more convincing conclusions, and how the Occupational Psychology community can positively influence various organisational, team, individual and community needs within the Fire Service. The chapter is concluded with a call to arms for more robust practices to support the Fire Service.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural SciencesCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

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