New CRACKLE members

I would like to welcome new members Dr Kim Schenke and Dr Rachel Sumner to the CRACKLE team.

You can visit both their research profiles here.


Firemind Conference 2016

The first Firemind conference took place at the University of Gloucestershire Park Campus in April 2016 and ran for five consecutive days. In attendance were:


  • DIANNE CATHERWOOD, GRAHAM EDGAR, STEVE BAKER and DAVID BROOKES from CRACKLE (Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning & Emotion)
  • GEOFF SALLIS from the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service


  • GRZEGORZ WENARSKI,  KAROLINA STEGIENKO and  SYLWIA  KRAWCZYNSKA from CNBOP-PIB (Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection National Research Institute)




  • MICHAEL BERTELS and FRED VORENKAMP from Brandweeracademie/Fire Service Academy (Institute for Fysical Safety)


  • VICKY MAES; GUNTER VAN CRAYBEX from Provincial Centre for Education & Training: Fire and Rescue Training Centre



The Firemind Project: CRACKLE and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Colleagues Conduct Another Successful Research Exercise With EU Firemind Partners

Conducting trials of FireMind in Belgium

Geoff Sallis and Dr. Graham Edgar with FireMind colleagues conducting trials of FireMind in Belgium

Fire Training Academy, Arnhem, Netherlands

Professor Di Catherwood with FireMind colleagues conducting trials of FireMind at The Fire Training Academy, Arnhem, Netherlands

University/CRACKLE members Dr Graham Edgar and Professor Di Catherwood with Geoff Sallis (Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service) have returned from more successful trials for the Erasmus-funded FireMind project with their Fire and Rescue partners in Belgium and Netherlands, after completing similar exercises last month in Denmark and Poland. The project is well on-track to develop an innovative online self-training portal (the FireMind) to enhance the decision-making of Fire and Rescue personnel and involves major Fire and Rescue training facilities in Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland as well as Gloucestershire: see


Human Resilience Symposium 2015

Dr Kerry Rees and Dr Claire Cooke were invited to present a talk in a symposium at Bristol University, which explored the concept and psychology of human resilience. Their talk entitled “Resilience, self-regulation and goal pursuit: What is resilience for?” explored the conceptual confusion associated with resilience and why humans possess resilience.

CRACKLE team extend research project with fire service partners in Belgium and the Netherlands

Dr. Graham Edgar and  Prof. Di Catherwood from CRACKLE and Geoff Sallis (Gloucestershire FRS) have recently returned from another successful visit to two more European partners in their Erasmus Plus FireMind project aimed at developing an online portal to support training of decision-making in the Fire and Rescue Services. The visits were to the Provincial Centre for Education and Training (of Emergency Services) in Genk, Belgium and also the Fire Service Academy in Arnhem, Netherlands. Both institutions have excellent facilities for helping to develop the FireMind tool and their staff will work on the project with the CRACKLE and Gloucestershire FRS and the other partners in Poland and Denmark.

Graham Edgar Geoff Sallis and Di Catherwood with senior staff involved in the FireMind Project at the Fire Service Training Academy, Arnhem, Netherlands.

CRACKLE Staff meet with ERASMUS PLUS Project Partners in Warsaw and Copenhagen

Graham Edgar, Geoff Sallis and Di Catherwood have begun working with partners from Poland and Denmark on their recently-awarded Erasmus Plus grant. They will also travel soon to meet with other partners in the Netherlands and Belgium. The project is aimed at developing an online training tool for firefighting  professionals to test and improve their decision-making and “situation awareness”.  The award-winning research of the CRACKLE team has shown that under extreme pressure individuals may tend in one of two directions:  either making decisions on too narrow a band of information or alternately trying to take in too much information all at once. Either tendency is due to the limits of all human brains and can lead to fatal errors of judgment.

CRACKLE members Geoff Sallis (Deputy Chief Fire Officer GFRS), Di Catherwood and Graham Edgar meeting in Warsaw with partners from the Research Institute of the State Fire Service of Poland National Headquarters