Episode 59: Understanding Time Distortion

              This episode explores Tachypsychia, a neurological condition that results in the distortion of time. While there can be several causes, we’re going to focus on emergency scene stress as the trigger. Length: 40 minutes http://traffic.libsyn.com/samatters/SAM20059207C20Time20Distortion.mp3

Understanding stress – Part 8: Time Distortion

Welcome to part 8 on the series dedicated to stress. In the previous segment I talked about the vulnerability of your brain to become overloaded under stress which can impact your situational awareness. In this article I’m going to talk about how your perception of time can become distorted as a result of stress.

Episode 104 | Eric Dreiman – Flashover Survival Story – Part 2

          This is Part 2 of an interview with Captain Eric Dreiman, Indianapolis Fire Department about his survival of a flashover event that resulted in multiple burns. Length: 47 minutes http://traffic.libsyn.com/samatters/SAM20104207C20Eric20Dreiman20Flashover20Survival20Story20-20Part202.mp3

Episode 103 | Eric Dreiman – Flashover Survival Story – Part 1

          In part-1 of this 2-part interview, I talk with Captain Eric Dreiman, Indianapolis Fire Department about his survival of a flashover event that resulted in multiple burns.   Length: 44 minutes http://traffic.libsyn.com/samatters/SAM20103207C20Eric20Dreiman20Flashover20Survival20Story-Part201.mp3

Fifteen Situational Awareness Barriers

The mission of Situational Awareness Matters is to help you see the bad things coming… in time to change bad outcomes. SA is a complex neurological process and I go to painstaking efforts to ensure that what I teach here, on the podcast and in classrooms is “first responder friendly.” I don’t ever want a […]

Episode 29: Interview with Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer

        On July 5, 2013, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported commercial building fire at the Mayfair Professional Building, located at 5901 North Mayfair. Within two minutes of the alarm, the first arriving company found light smoke coming from the area of the HVAC units in the side of the building. […]

Stress: The Nemesis of Situational Awareness

Thank you for coming along for the ride as I discussed the impact stress has on first responder situational awareness and decision making. This series reads like the chronicles of a virtual chamber of horrors. First responders focus a lot of attention on tactical training and skill development. Far less time (if any) is spent […]

Understanding Stress – Part 1: The physical, chemical and emotional impact

I get a lot of inquiries about stress during my programs. I think this is, in part, because of how pervasive stress is in the lives of first responders and the role that stress plays in firefighter situational awareness and decision making. So I thought I’d write an article about stress. Well, as it turns […]

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 […]

What is Situational Awareness…

What is situational awareness and why does it matter? Program length: 1 to 4 hours Appropriate for: First responders Industrial workers Safety professionals Utility workers Medical providers Transportation workers Description: Most workers know, intuitively, that strong situational awareness is an important aspect of safety. However, many do not understand what situational awareness is, how it is […]

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