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Firefighter Leadership and Management: Astronauts, Firefighters, EMTs, and Interpersonal Conflict

How are astronauts and firefighters alike? They both need extensive training on complex equipment, face the possibility of death every day, live where they work, develop strong bonds, and strong teamwork and cooperation is the key to their success. And, conflicts can cause major problems for both. According to Harvard Medical School researcher Dr. James Cartreine, "If two astronauts aren't getting along well, it can impact the success of the mission, and if two firefighters or EMTs are having trouble it can potentially interfere with rescue operations.' Conflicts can even endanger lives, if people don't completely support each other. Cartreine points out that teams of astronauts, f...

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