Organizational Competencies that Enable Canada's Fire, Police and Paramedic Services to Collaborate within a Community Safety Domain

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  1. Murray, C.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
A primary element of community resilience is the capacity of organizations to function collaboratively in the best interest of the community. This study explored research gaps that inhibit a more complete understanding of organizational competencies necessary for optimized collaboration within the community safety domain. Through in-depth interviews and a focus group, leaders from Canada’s fire, paramedic and police services contributed to the framing of seven organizational competencies that enable collaboration. The findings indicated that these competencies are perceived to exist to varying degrees across Canada’s responder services. The findings also identified strong collective perceptions regarding the degree to which existing community safety models, with exceptions, are significantly lacking in the degree to which they enable multi-organizational collaboration in the interest of community safety. Recommendations are provided that call for a more robust and educated national discourse concerning new and innovative options for the delivery of community safety in Canada.

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Keywords
tri services;police;fire;paramedic
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-R133 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 2015
Number of Pages
90
DSTKIM No
CA041974
CANDIS No
803157
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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