Commanders in Turnout Gear

I have just read with great interest a very long thread on Facebook about whether or not an incident commander should wear turnout gear at a fire scene. As my focus and passion is improving first responder situational awareness, I would like to address this issue from that perspective. The feedback on Facebook was, as […]

How to Cancel the Mayday

I had an amazing conversation with a firefighter recently about situational awareness following a program and I just had to share it with you. He asked how many of the 26 fire departments represented in the room had a process in their Mayday/rapid intervention procedures for canceling a Mayday. Hearing the answer…I was stunned!

Episode 63: SA Q &A Session

                  During SAMatters Tour events there are lots of discussion happening among attendees and some great questions being asked. This episode addresses some of the questions fielded during live events. Length: 27 minutes http://traffic.libsyn.com/samatters/SAM20063207C20SA20Q26A20Session.mp3 _____________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking your understanding of situational awareness and high-risk decision […]

Episode 49: Ryan Fuller Mayday

                      On February 4, 2013 the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company experienced a mayday when a firefighter fell down a set of unprotected stairs during a structure fire at a multi-story, multi-tenant occupancy. Length: 56 minutes   http://traffic.libsyn.com/samatters/SAM20049207C20Ryan20Fuller20Mayday20Call.mp3 _____________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking your understanding of […]

Giving L.I.P. to R.I.T.

  I would like to share the results of a series of informal polls I have been conducting over the past several years. I have been conducting these surveys during my Firefighter Safety: Mistakes & Best Practices programs. Roughly 4,000 first responders have participated. There is nothing scientific about this survey or the results. It […]

Episode 13 – Training for Failure

  Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ Episode 13: Training For Failure and Situational Awareness Lessons Length: 24 minutes In the feature segment we’ll talk about training for failure, how it happens and I’ll offer some advice for how to overcome it. I’ll […]

Firefighting: It’s a whole new ballgame

There is little doubt the economic recession of 2008-2009 had a significant impact on the nation’s fire service. Hardly a day went by where there wasn’t some news about an organization that downsized, rightsized or capsized. There are all kinds of terms being attached to what happened. One I heard at the time was this […]

Programs & Keynotes

Keynotes – Programs – Seminars – Workshops Powerful, results-oriented, high-impact, experience-based safety and leadership programs using interactive, adult learning techniques. For 25 years Dr. Richard Gasaway has been delivering content rich programs for first responders, business leaders and industral workers ranging in size from 10 to 5,000 throughout the United States, Canada, England, Hong Kong […]