Risk Perception and Policy Preferences of Fire Chiefs: A Survey of Hazardous Materials Issues

by Seymour Warkov, Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, United States,
Kostas G. Zografos, Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: State and Local Issues in Transportation of Hazardous Waste Materials: Towards a National Strategy


This paper presents the results of a survey of Connecticut fire chiefs and discusses how their perceptions of risk affect their attitudes towards risk preparedness and risk management practices. The results indicate that support for aggressive intervention on the part of local governments in the hazmat transport system is a function of risk perception, population size and low ratings of system effectiveness.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Hazardous substances | Fires | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Public health and safety | Disaster preparedness | Public policy | Public transportation | Connecticut | United States

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