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International Journal of Emergency Management

International Journal of Emergency Management (IJEM)

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International Journal of Emergency Management (2 papers in press)

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  • A compendious review of agent-based disaster management   Order a copy of this article
    by Sarah Ibri 
    Abstract: Ongoing research has shown the effectiveness of agent technology in modeling and simulating disaster management systems and dealing with related activities such as risk assessment, victim search and rescue, evacuation operations and many other disaster management processes. In this paper we provide a comprehensive review of agent-based disaster management research in view of understanding the benefits and potential opportunities of applying agent modeling and simulation to support managers at different disaster phases. The review has revealed that the potential contribution of agent technology to disaster management lays in its inherent capacity to cope with issues such as human behaviour simulation, dynamic and distributed decision making under uncertainties, cooperative planning and optimization, learning and prediction as well as other associated problems. The review helps readers to identify current challenges related to agent-based disaster management that are considered worthy for future research and publication.
    Keywords: agent-based models; multi-agent systems; agent-based simulation; disaster management; risk mitigation; evacuation; search and rescue.

  • Identifying pivotal factors that influence the ability of main employers in rural Sweden to have employees who are part-time firefighters: a modified Delphi study   Order a copy of this article
    by Emelie Lantz, Bengt Nilsson, Carina Elmqvist, Bengt Fridlund, Anders Svensson 
    Abstract: The main employers of part-time firefighters are important partners for the fire and rescue services in rural areas of Sweden. The purpose of this study was to identify the pivotal factors that influence the ability of main employers in rural Sweden to have employees who are part-time firefighters. A modified version of the Delphi technique was used, where opinions from a group of main employers were collected to find consensus. The Delphi technique is characterized by a number of rounds in which questionnaires are used until consensus is reached. This study identified 20 pivotal factors among the main employers. On one hand, employing part-time firefighters brought a sense of safety at the workplace but, on the other hand, there was a lack of appreciation and dialogue from the fire and rescue services.
    Keywords: part-time firefighters; emergency management; retention; fire and rescue service; rural areas; Delphi technique; main employers; pivotal factors; consensus; collaboration.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEM.2024.10064559