Understaffing can have a big impact on first responder safety. We all know that. But it can also have a huge impact on first responder situational awareness. This episode explores how understaffing can impact awareness.
Length: 21 minutes
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While attempting to command an understaffed incident scene, the attention of the company officer or the incident commander can be narrowly focused on what is causing him or her the greatest stress. In the case of understaffing, the safety of personnel operating in the hazardous conditions can be a huge stressor. If this happens, it may cause a responder to narrow their attention and cause him or her to miss seeing, or hearing, important clues and cues.
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