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Situational Awareness and Accountability

Accountability1Recently I was provided with the opportunity to present a webinar for Firehouse. The webinar was sponsored by Scott Safety. The program addressed the situational awareness/accountability connection. Thank you to Firehouse and Scott Safety for the opportunity to discuss this important topic. This article will summarize the presentation and will include a link where you can go and listen to the webinar (link will be active for one year).

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Episode 34 – Firefighting: It’s a whole new ballgame

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This episode discusses the long-term impact of the economic downturn of 2008 on fire department staffing and how strategy and tactics should be adjusted to the “new normal.” In the near-miss segment, we discuss freelancing at a residential dwelling fire and one officer’s actions directed toward correcting the misbehavior.

Length: 43 minutes

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Missing puzzle pieces

HalfEmptycartoonThe formation of situational awareness begins with perception. What you perceive becomes the foundation for understanding. What you understand then becomes the primer for prediction: Perception – Understanding – Prediction. This is how situational awareness is formed. Let’s explore one of the barriers to situational awareness that can occur if you shortcut the size-up process.

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Episode 33: A double close call at a residential dwelling fire

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Adam FarrarWadesville Fire Department Deputy Chief Adam Farrar recounts a residential dwelling fire that resulted in two close call events for members operating at the scene.

Length: 43 minutes

On January 14, 2010 the Wadesville Fire Department was dispatched to a residential dwelling fire. Deputy Chief Adam Farrar served as the incident commander.

During the incident, a crew on the interior attack nearly fell into the basement through a burned out floor and then a second narrowly escaped off the roof before it gave way under the strain of fire in the attic.

Some takeaways from the interview include:

  • The need to complete a thorough 360-degree size-up to form situational awareness about what is burning and where the fire is located.
  • Ensuring haste does not compel a firefighting crew to rush into a situation that could otherwise prove catastrophic.
  • The need for a strong commander who is willing and able to order a crew out of a structure… when the crew may not want to come out.
  • The need to evaluate near-miss events and learn from the mistakes and then to adjust policies and procedures to fix existing issues.

 

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How Flawed Expectations Can Impact Situational Awareness

3 step processThe development of situational awareness happens on a three-tiered continuum. It begins with perceiving your environment. Then, what is perceived must be understood (and this is not as simple as it may appear). Finally, understanding is used to predict the future. Summarizing, the three-step process: Perception – Understanding – Prediction. This article provides an example for how flawed expectations can impact prediction.

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Episode 32: Tips for improving situational awareness

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12 tips & tricksThis episode discusses 12 tips for developing and maintaining situational awareness and reviews a firefighter near miss from a flashover and mayday.

Length: 22 minutes

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Twelve Ways to Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness Matters!Ho, Ho, Ho. Merry Christmas everyone! I know everyone’s feeling particularly festive this time of year and I have caught the Christmas spirit in a very situational awareness sort of way.

Surely you’ve heard of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” -You know – Partridge in a Pear Tree and all that other stuff that no one really needs or wants, perhaps sans the five golden rings, of course. [Just don’t wear them all at once.]

And you know that Santa has good situational awareness. He’s ALWAYS capturing clues and cues. In the spirit of Christmas, I’d like to share with you my list for how to develop and maintain strong situational awareness.

Of course, like any child at Christmas, my list would be much longer than 12 items. So I encourage you to go back through the archives and read some of the more than 150 articles I’ve written here. Because… Situational Awareness Matters!

And if you’re rushed this holiday season, I’ve made it even easier for you to get the valuable lessons from the articles. Consider purchasing the Situational Awareness Matters Volumes 1 and 2 eBooks. These books contain a compilation of 80 articles, bound in book form and easy to read at your off-line leisure.

Let’s get into my wish list for the Twelve Ways to Situational Awareness.

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Episode 31: Out of air! Close call survivor story.

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Joe Pronesti

On Wednesday, February 18, 2009, Elyria Fire Captain Joe Pronesti responded to a fire alarm activation call on a college campus. The first arriving engine reported heavy smoke coming from multiple buildings. In search of the source of the smoke, crews would learn the fire was in a tunnel that connected multiple buildings on the campus.

Length: 70 minutes

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Anchoring Bias as a Barrier to Situational Awareness

anchorThere are over 100 cognitive biases that can impact situational awareness, and subsequently, decision making. Many of these biases are discussed during the Mental Management of Emergencies and Flawed Situational Awareness programs because it is important for responders to understand that we may possess a bias without knowing it and without knowing the impact of it. One such bias is the anchoring bias.

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Episode 30: Brooklyn Park FD Carbon Monoxide Close Call Story

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Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken PrillamanOn Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Brooklyn Park Fire Department was dispatched to a medical call that had the potential to be catastrophic for the members of their department, their EMS transport provider and their police department.

 

Length: 41 minutes

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