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Safeguarding our Indigenous Communities: Measuring the Health and Safety Culture of Aboriginal Fire Crews and Emergency Service Personnel in British Columbia

This project was designed to examine the health and safety culture of aboriginal fire crews and emergency service personnel. Data were collected in the areas of physiological, psychological, and organizational characteristics that impact and influence workers’ injury rates, absenteeism, and presenteeism

The goal of the research was to create a better understanding of occupational resiliency in relation to health/safety culture of fire crews and emergency service personnel in B.C.’s aboriginal communities, and to promote effective risk management and safety performance

In their final report, the researchers underscore the importance of integrating aboriginal culture into community protection activities, to support recruitment and retention efforts, and to develop the next generation of healthy, safe aboriginal fire crews and emergency service workers

Principal Applicant: Brent Langlois, First Nations' Emergency Services Society (FNESS)
Co-Applicants: Natasha Caverley (Turtle Island Consulting); John Barton Cunningham, James McGregor (UVIC); Ajit Krishnaswamy (FORREX)
Funding Awarded: $49,000 (Innovation)

Competition Year: 2010 File type: PDF (630 KB) Asset type: Research Research: RS2010-IG38