Emergency response training: Strategies for enhancing real-world performance

J. Kevin Ford, Aaron M. Schmidt

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Emergency response training poses three problems that are not encountered in training for routine operations. The first of these is a need to remember the provisions of emergency plans and procedures over long periods of time until an emergency occurs. The second problem is a need to generalize from the specific conditions under which training occurred to the potentially very different conditions of an actual emergency. The third problem is a need to develop effective mechanisms for teamwork under conditions that limit retention and generalization. This article identifies nine ways that emergency response training programs can be modified to improve the effectiveness of nuclear power plant personnel who must respond to accident conditions. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-215
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jun 28 2000


  • Emergency preparedness
  • Emergency response training
  • Nuclear incidents


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