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    mfk
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    Question group dynamics during incidents involving children

    HI: I'm trying to do a literature search regarding personnel response where a child is injured or missing. We've all seen this anecdotally: in wilderness or urban SAR the public response tends to be much larger when a child is involved versus an adult. Firefighters will say that the rig just goes faster when a child is involved. Has anyone seen literature regarding this phenomena?


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    Hell,

    Who needs literature when you have lived it.

    Call for a school bus accident, probably went a little too fast
    to get there. Turned out to be nothing. Had a good light show though
    3 fire trucks probably 20-30 ambulances.

    Also when a child is missing it seems like you can't get there to help fast enough.

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    mfk
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    Yeah, Roger that. But that's the thing I guess - are there things about that kind of situation we need to be aware of (patterns of behaviour)that can lead us into poor decision making or, danger?

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    I would say yes.
    Everyone of us has seen or will see dead or injured
    people, but when it is a kid it is much more difficult.
    I know I am and I am sure most of us are willing to
    push it a little further and harder when we know there
    is a child involved. Even if it means putting ourselves
    in a more dangerous environment than we should be in.

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