As a great follow-up to the Recipe from Hell’s Kitchen series, I want to recommend you watch this video created by the Chicago Fire Department that depicts the powerful life stories of firefighters who have been injured or killed.
This video should be mandatory viewing for every firefighter, every officer, every command officer and every administrator. I put some discussion questions below the video for you to use if you’re watching it with other members of your department.
At the 8:00 minute mark, listen to Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Michael Fox tell you: “They key to all of this is situational awareness.” Amen
Right on, Chief Fox. Situational awareness is the key. And it is the mission of this website: Helping you see the bad things coming in time to change the outcome.
1. What is your department doing to ensure every member stays up to date on training and avoid complacency?
2. What does your department do to create a culture of safety and to recognize and reward members who perform in safe ways?
3. What kind of training have you received to help you develop and maintain all three levels of situational awareness?
The mission of Situational Awareness Matters is simple: Help first responders see the bad things coming… in time to change the outcome.
Safety begins with SA!
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