The Situational Awareness Matters On-Line Academy
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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.
There are some great Christmas discounts being offered at the top of the home page too, I might add. The books are also available on Nook, Kindle and iTunes. If you need me to cork it in a bottle and float it down the river to you, I’ll do that too! Whatever it takes.
Ok, enough shameless advertising. Let’s get into my wish list for the Twelve Ways to Situational Awareness.
I wanted to let you know about an amazing training opportunity coming up on December 13-15 at Fort McCoy Army Base in Wisconsin. This is the first time EVER event that brings together three AMAZING programs.
This program is FREE!
(Thanks to the generosity of Fort McCoy)
Space is limited to don’t delay registering. You may never again have an
opportunity to see these three presenters together for free.
Here is the itinerary. Attend one, two or all three!
Friday, December 13
Mental Management of Emergencies: Improving situational awareness and decision making under stress
Presenter: Dr. Richard B. Gasaway
Saturday, December 14
The Art of Reading Smoke
Presenter: Dave Dodson
Sunday, December 15
Structural Tactics with Limited Staffing
Presenter: Eddie Buchanon
Registration & Questions
Deputy Chief Adam Ballard
CLICK HERE for the registration form (Excel spreadsheet that can be completed and emailed to Chief Ballard)
This is an active military base. If you register by phone, be prepared to provide Chief Ballard the driver’s license information for all attendees when you call him.
CLICK HERE to download the flyer.
CLICK HERE to download directions to the venue and hotel information.
It is quite common that, following a situational awareness program, participants will come up to talk with me and share their feedback on the program. Occasionally, I get emails and postings on social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) sharing positive feedback as well. I want to share an email I recently received from Chris Covington (printed here with permission).
There’s no doubt that in dynamically changing, high-risk, high-consequence environments someone could be called upon to perform many varied tasks, some at the same time.
When staffing levels are low, the likelihood of this situation can increases significantly. The problem this creates is the brain does not perform well when task saturated, especially in stressful situations.
Let’s explore what happens and what the impact can be on your situational awareness.
The social interaction between coworkers may not be on your mind as you think about first responder situational awareness. But the fact is we are all influenced by our relationships with others. We have an inherent internal desire to be well-liked and respected. We also have a very strong internal drive to avoid embarrassment. These traits of human behavior can impact your situational awareness. Here’s how…
“Scene Safe, BSI.” These words have been uttered by every first responder who has ever received medical training. In fact, any responder who has performed a practical exercise for certification knows the first two mandatory skills to be completed on the evaluation checklist are: (1) Ensure the scene is safe before entering, and (2) Don protective gear (BSI – Body Substance Isolation). Ensuring the scene is safe is rooted in situational awareness – being able to capture the clues and cues that helps a responder comprehend what is happening. There’s just one fundamental problem with this.
Each member of the fire department is guided by a unique system of values, beliefs, assumptions and norms. Every member also brings their own unique habits and routines. What happens when you combine the values, beliefs, assumptions, norms, habits and routines of many unique individuals within an organization?
You create culture.
Organizational culture can be a great influencer of behaviors, both positive and negative. Culture can also influence situational awareness. Let’s explore how…