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Title: Identification, examination and management of risk factors behind dwelling fires in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia : a managerial and policy perspective
Author: Al-Sharabi, Faisal
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2013
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Fire incidents are a central issue in Saudi civil defence. Despite detailed regulation concerning firefighting equipment dealing with dwelling fires, fires occur frequently. Globally, research on dwelling fire safety is relatively new. Most studies focus on human factors, incidence and causal issues. Few studies examine management or policy-making perspectives towards managing these individual agents. Thus, a detailed study on understanding the management of these factors for dwelling fires is long overdue. The study uses an inductive approach to investigate key management issues in reducing dwelling fires in Saudi Arabia. This qualitative study consisted of twelve indepth semi-structured interviews and four focus groups with senior managers of the Civil Defence Division dealing with fire safety. A sustainability-based framework is developed to map the critical issues in generating a long-term planning solution to policy and management of fire hazard and risk in Saudi Arabia. Critical drivers of this sustainability approach are good management, regulation, governance practices: especially accountability and transparency; reduction of tribalism, bureaucracy, and burns unit efficiency. However, given the modern environment of communications, information technology and communications, and in particular public education, are viewed as important mediators between drivers and sustainability. The critical role of knowledge generation is also positioned as a mediator. The framework proposed is a paradigm shift from merely managing fire incidents on a case by case basis to a proactive risk reduction strategy. This represents an original solution to managing fire hazards at a national level and an important contribution to the fire management literature.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fire hazard ; Dwelling fire ; Fire incidents ; Fire risk ; Risk management ; Socioeconomic factors ; Sustainability ; Civil defence authority perspective ; Saudi Arabia