Situational Awareness Keyword Search

Here’s a cool new way to search for situational awareness articles.

Click on any keyword in the word cloud below and you will be
directed to a list of articles related to that topic.

 

 

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Flawed expectations of personnel can impact situational awareness

sensesYou develop situational awareness by using your senses to capture information (Level 1 situational awareness). Those clues and cues are then processed into understanding (Level 2 situational awareness). Once you understand what is happening, you can then make predictions of future events (Level 3 situational awareness). This article focuses on the third level of situational awareness, making predictions (forming expectations about future events).

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Episode 26: StopBad! An interview with Fire Chief Gord Schreiner

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Situational Awareness Matters!On this episode, I interview Fire Chief Gord Schreiner and he shares valuable lessons from his “Safe and Efficient Scene Management Class” which by many departments throughout Canada has become known as the “StopBad” program.

Length: 57 Minutes

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Where does intuition come from?

Different types of knowledgeIt is amazing how many articles and videos I have read and watched lately in which they are talking about decision making based on “gut feel.” It is also disheartening how many first responders I have interviewed who have admitted to me that they have dismissed their gut feelings and proceeded to do things that resulted in bad outcomes. Let’s explore the origins of intuition.

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Episode 25: A firefighter’s situational awareness lessons from a mayday call.

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Situational Awareness Matters RadioOn this episode, I interview Firefighter John Dantuono of the Lakeside (New York) Fire Department. Lakeside is located west of Syracuse. The all-volunteer fire department serves a population of about 15,000. Listen in as John discusses how he responded to a mutual aid residential dwelling fire and fell through a weakened floor. As he notes, the only thing that kept him from falling all the way through was his SCBA.

 

Length: 45 minutes

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Situational Awareness Lessons from a Line of Duty Death

Watch this recently released YouTube video detailing the circumstances of a firefighter line of duty death in where a firefighter from British Columbia was tragically killed when a shipping container exploded without warning.

Oftentimes when a firefighter is killed in the line of duty the lessons are not shared. Credit to department and the province for creating a video that details the circumstances and shares the powerful lessons learned. This is a powerful way to honor the life of a fallen firefighter.

Discussion Items

Avoiding judgment, discuss:

  1. The clues and cues that might have forewarned these firefighters of this tragic event.
  2. The role complacency may have played in this tragedy.
  3. The role that task fixation may have played in this tragedy.

Pause and reflect how this tragedy has impacted the fallen firefighter’s family, his department and the community. No firefighter ever responds to a call thinking they will lose their situational awareness and, as a result, will not return home.

This department’s engine returned to the station with an empty seat. May we all strive to ensure all of our members return home safety from every call.

 

 

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Exciting changes coming to SAMatters!

bignewsIn case you missed the announcements made in the October newsletter, there are some exciting changes coming to the SAMatters community.

This month (October 2014) marks the three-year anniversary since the launch of the SAMatters website and the popular “Get in the Loop” live tour events.

And while we have enjoyed many wonderful accomplishments since the launch, there is no time to rest. Sadly, flawed situational awareness (and the barriers that flaw situational awareness) continue to be implicated in nearly every near-miss, casualty and line-of-duty death report published. There is A LOT of work that needs done to improve situational awareness and to reduce the catastrophic impact of the barriers that destroy situational awareness.

For three years I’ve been sharing content and listening to your ideas and suggestions. Now is the time to take some action to meet the growing needs of our community and we are making some exciting improvements.

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Episode 24: A situational awareness driving lesson.

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Situational Awareness Matters RadioOn this episode, I interview Firefighter Richard Marcus of the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department in Connecticut. On May 5, 2006, Firefighter Marcus was in the officer’s seat of New Hartford Engine 1 responding to a report of a fire on the roadside. While in route, they were cancelled and a discussion in the cab caused the driver to become momentarily distracted. For the brief moment that he had his eyes off the roadway, the engine drifted of the right side of the road. While the driver attempted to correct and recover, the engine veered out of control and struck a tree on the officer’s side of the engine. Listen as Richard tells his close call survivor story.

Length: 42 minutes

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Situational Awareness and Decision Making Tips for Training

flashoverI recently received an email from a SAMatters community member asking for tips to improve size-up, situational awareness and decision making while training in a flashover simulator. It was a great question (thank you Captain Scott Byers from the Tracy Fire Department)! I offered Scott a number of ideas and thought it would be good to share them with others who may be teaching in a flashover simulator.

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Episode 23: Situational Awareness lessons learned when three feet from death – Part 2

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Situational Awareness MattersOn this episode I continue the interview with Captain John Lightly. John as served as a member of the Youngstown, Ohio Fire Department for 13 years. Youngstown FD has 8 stations and a sworn strength of 135 firefighters. John’s married and has twin daughters who are in 3rd grade. So you can imagine how exciting… and hectic John’s life is. I really appreciate him sitting down with me and sharing his close call survivor story where he almost died as a result of being caught in a flashover. For reasons that will become obvious during the interview, I title this episode “3 feet from death” and dedicate to all the firefighters who’ve been caught in a flashover and did not live to tell their story.

Length: 61 minutes

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