Episode 50: Interview with Peter Schenk on Crew Resource Management


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Peter SchenkPeter Schenk has a wide and varied background. He has worked as a firefighter and a police officer. And he served 32 years with Northwest Airlines prior to their acquisition by Delta Airlines.

Peter was involved in the early stages of development of the cockpit resource management systems (CRM), now known as Crew Resource Management. This program is widely credited for reducing aviation accidents by taking proactive steps to address human error and improve communications and teamwork.

Length: 53 minutes



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The aviation industry spends a lot of time, effort and money to ensure the safety of the traveling public. Their success with passenger safety is no accident. It has been part of a calculated plan. Our guest was among the “early adopters” of crew resource management (at the time it was called cockpit resource management).

The lessons he shares transcends into the world of first response as we, as a profession, try to find ways to improve safety and minimize the impacts of human factors.



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Intro music

Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

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Peter Schenk


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