Qualitative and Quantitative Study on Videotaped Data for Fire Emergency Response

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During search and rescue (SAR) operations, information plays a significant role in empowering the emergency response personnel at various levels. But, understanding the information which is being shared between/among emergency personnel is necessary to improve current coordination systems. However, such systems can help the first responders to gain/increase their situational awareness and coordination. Moreover, there is still the lack of automatic and intelligent tools that can contribute to structure, categorize, and visualize the communicated content that occur during SAR operations. Therefore, in this paper, we present the concept of such analysis by using the qualitative methodology and current findings from an indoor fire game. The result shows first responders’ communicated content and their corresponding content categories. This approach, therefore, provides a better way to learn about exchanged information and relevant information categories from videotaped data.


Indoor fire emergency management Qualitative data analysis Videotaped data Serious game Information sharing 



This study is carried out in collaboration with the SmartRescue project led by Prof. Ole-Christoffer Granmo and cofunded by Aust-Agder utviklings-og-kompetansefond (AAUKF, projectnr. 2011–2006). We would like to owe our gratitude to the Grimstad fire station personnel who supported us during the development of different stages of the experiment, to the students that took part in the game execution, and finally to Mehdi Lazreg Ben, Jaziar Radianti for their constant support in the data analysis process. Finally, we thank the observers who provided their valuable suggestions after the game.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information and Communication TechnologyCIEM, University of AgderGrimstadNorway

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