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Key Decision LogLesson Objectives • Describe the KDL • purpose, • information requested, • timing, and • uses of the data • Identify where and how to access it
Purpose Maximize organizational performance and facilitate real-time and post-incident learning… …by capturing key decisions, activities, and outcomes, and attributes of the environment within which these occur… …using an on-line database
Task – Responsibility • Begin KDL as soon as practicable after recognition that a fire has a high probability of becoming a large event – host unit • Enter key decisions that have a significant impact upon or implement incident objectives (WFDSS, Delegation) – IMO, host unit (s) • Entries depends upon frequency of key decisions and when it is practicable to enter that information.
Why? • By understanding how and why decision makers select a specific course of action, the complexity of an incident can be • better understood • transparently communicated • By centrally locating KDLS, we can identify • best practices • decision-traps
What? - KDL builds a story • I/we have made a Decision, Take an action, or Raisean issue in order to move towards meeting an objective. • We need to do this now because of some pressing or emerging issues or conditions. • We expect this to impact key aspects of the incident, e.g. safety, ecology, costs. • We expect this to affect: our incident, incidents in the area, the region, the national/ international situation.
Where to find KDL? • FAMWEB: kdl.nwcg.gov (5/1) • Basic Users: Write, edit, delete records they enter; view records created by others • Administrative Users: • Stewards: Edit, delete any records • Administrators: Digital Visions, FAMWEB IT programmers • Help: • On-line assistance • Help Desk (FAMWEB; 5 days/week) • Email assistance
One team, one assignment Team to team transition One team Multiple incidents One incident Multiple teams How can this information be usedby team and/or host? • Build the story fire narrative • Sharpen recollection During and After Action learning AA- IC check-ins Planning meetings Close-outs After Action Reviews Case studies
How can this information be used organizationally? Multiple teams Multiple incidents • What are the patterns of attention/ decision traps? • frequency of types of objectives • frequency of drivers of action • Frames and mental models • connect to WFDSS to consider how strategies, tactics and rationale flow from LMP to fire outcome
How does the KDL fit in? Audience Value Tools RO/GACC WO Team/Host Real-time monitoring Corporate system of documentation Transparency in decision-making Adaptive management Incident documentation Delegation of Authority WFDSS Key Decision Log Outcomes Measures Footprint analysis Corporate ‘balanced Scorecard’ Case studies
Questions? Feedback? Comments? Please document your decision in the KDL so we can • Maximize organizational performance • Facilitate real-time and post-incident learning • Improve the KDL process