Factors influencing responders' perceptions of preparedness for terrorism
2016 (English)In: Disaster Prevention and Management, ISSN 0965-3562, E-ISSN 1758-6100, Vol. 25, no 4, 520-533 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse factors influencing perceptions of preparedness in the response to terrorist attacks of operational personnel in Swedish emergency organizations. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected using a questionnaire distributed to operational personnel from the police, rescue and ambulance services in eight Swedish counties; 864 responses were received and analysed. Findings: Three aspects of the perception of preparedness for terrorist attacks among Swedish emergency responders were studied: willingness to respond; level of confidence with tasks; and estimated management capability. Factors which positively influenced these perceptions were male sex, training in first aid and dealing with mass casualty incidents, terrorism-related management training (MT), table-top simulations, participation in functional exercises, and access to personal protective equipment (PPE); work experience was inversely related. Occupation in police or rescue services was positively associated with willingness to respond whereas occupation within the emergency medical services was positively associated with estimated management capability. Practical implications: These findings show that terrorism-related MT and access to PPE increase the perceptions of preparedness for terrorism among the emergency services, aiding judgements about investments in preparedness by crisis management planners. Originality/value: Limited research in disaster management and hazard preparedness has been conducted in a European context, especially regarding terrorism. Little is known about aspects of preparedness for terrorism in Sweden, particularly from the perspective of the emergency responders.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 25, no 4, 520-533 p.
Training, Confidence, Firefighters, Police, Capability, Willingness to respond, Emergency medical services
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117257DOI: 10.1108/DPM-12-2015-0280ISI: 000381212600007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-117257DiVA: diva2:906756
ProjectsPreparedness for mass-casualty attacks on public transportation
FunderSwedish National Board of Health and Welfare
First published in theses in manuscript form.2016-02-252016-02-252016-09-13Bibliographically approved