Now, for the first time ever, you can receive the content of this valuable safety programs in the NEW Situational Awareness Matters virtual Academy… at your own pace – from home or while you are on-duty.

With the same life saving information you would receive at Dr. Gasaway's live classroom programs, the Academy allows each member of your department to participate in self-paced learning, complete with assessments that track participation and learning outcomes.

Dr. Gasaway has delivered his live programs to more than 54,000 first responders throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

And now every member of your department can receive this training – delivered virtually by Dr. Gasaway.

The Academy is set up in fourteen indivdual courses. Each course contains videos and reading assignments. Courses vary in length from 1 to 2.5 hours.

Many of the Academy courses contain built-in discussion questions to help encourage members to share their experiences and ideas for improving your department’s safety, training, operations and policies. 

The mission of Situational Awareness Matters is to help first responders see the bad things coming… in time to avoid bad outcomes. 

We are very passionate about helping your members understand human factors, reduce the impact of situational awareness barriers and improve decision making under stress.

We understand that hosting live training programs can be expensive and time consuming. The Academy will make it affordable for every member to get this valuable, interactive, life saving content at a fraction of the cost of hosting a live event.


Listen to the SAMatters podcast for more information:

Click here to listen to Episode 132 about academy features • Click here to listen to Episode 136 for more Q&A


Situational Awareness Matters programs are unlike any other training program you’ve ever taken. How do we know that? The students tell us so – Often! You are going to be taught new ways of thinking and looking at your personal safety, team safety and incident scene safety.

BASIC ENROLLMENT »

  • Access to all 14 courses
  • Access open for 6 months
  • Certificate issued after successful  completion of all 14 courses


PREMIUM ENROLLMENT »

  • All the features of Basic Enrollment
  • PLUS a monthly live teleseminar  with direct access to Dr. Gasaway

By completing this 22-hour Academy...

You will learn:

  • A three step process for developing and maintaining situational awareness.
  • The four essential components for making quality decisions under stress.
  • The knowledge of how flawed situational awareness impacts decision making.
  • A seven-step process for making high-risk, high consequence, time compressed decisions.

You will understand:

  • The connection between situational awareness and decision making.
  • The six ways physical and mental stress impact situational awareness & decision making.
  • Fifty common situational awareness barriers that can have catastrophic consequences.
  • The five critical situational awareness mistakes you must avoid.
  • The ten best practices for developing and maintaining strong situational awareness.
  • And so much more! 

You will receive:

  • A certificate authenticating you are an SAMatters Academy graduate.
Basic Enrollment tiers for SAMatters Academy
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100+ Students

“Fire professionals: Step up and sign-up for the SAMatters On-Line Academy. Trust me... it’s worth every cent!”

Fire Chief Les Karpluk

Les Karpluk

Prince Albert Fire Department

Canada

“Every firefighter should take this course. Wow! What an insight. What an awakening.”

Rob Hockings

Rob Hockings 

Queensland Fire & Rescue Services

Australia

“This course is a must-have for any firefighter, not just officers. It will save firefighters lives and reduce firefighter injuries.”

Green Bay Metro Fire Department

 Joel Krueger

Green Bay Metro Fire Department

Wisconsin

“I have to say that my eyes are now open. I see the need for our Department to put a greater emphasis on Situational Awareness and the potential barriers.”

County of Los Angeles California

Scott Holland 

Los Angeles County Fire Deparment

California

“This was one of the most meaningful symposiums I have attended in many years. I plan to share key points and concepts with my company officers and with our command staff.”

Herb Shoemaker

Herb Shoemaker 

Salinas Fire Department

California

“It was truly eye opening learning how our brains function under stress and how we often train for failure. I now have a much better understanding of the factors that can influence my decision making under stress.”

Timberline Fire Colorado

Chris Jennings

Timberline Fire Protection District

Colorado

For roughly the cost of a pair of firefighting gloves, you can learn valuable lessons on how to develop and maintain your situational awareness while working in high-risk environments.

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2–99 Students

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Foundations

This course sets the framework for the terms and concepts to be used throughout the Academy.

Length: 2 hours

Course 1: Situational Awareness & General Safety Best Practices

This course discusses the role situational awareness plays in good decision making and general first responder safety.

Length: 2 Hours

Course 2: Stress and Performance

This course discusses the situational awareness challenges created by physical and mental stress.

Length: 2 Hours

Course 3: Decision Making

This course discusses the process of making decisions in high-stress, high-consequence environments.

Length: 2 Hours

Course 4: Situational Awareness Barriers

This course discusses the model for developing and maintaining situational awareness in dynamic environments.

Length: 1 Hour

Course 5: Staffing

This course discusses how staffing issues can challenge first responder situational awareness.

Length: 1 Hour

Course 6: Communications

This course discusses how communications issues can impact first responder situational awareness.

Length: 2.5 Hours

Course 7: Workload

This course discusses situational awareness challenges created by heavy and complex workloads.

Length: 1 Hour

Course 8: Human Factors

This course discusses how human factors can challenge first responder situational awareness.

Length: 2 Hours

Course 9: Attention Management

This course discusses how challenges in managing attention can impact situational awareness.

Length: 2 Hours

Course 10: Mission and Goals

This course discusses how issues with mission and goals can impact situational awareness.

Length: 1 Hour

Course 11: Mental Models

This course discusses how challenges with mental models can impact situational awareness.

Length: 1 Hour

Course 12: Teamwork

This course discusses the situational awareness challenges of responders working in teams.

Length: 1 Hour

Course 13: Best Practices

This course shares best practices for managing the barriers that challenge situational awareness.

Length: 2 Hours

This Academy is suited for all ranks from the newest member to the senior commander and everyone in between.

Basic Enrollment tiers for SAMatters Academy
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Select the number of students you are enrolling:

Individual Enrollment

Group Enrollments

2–99 Students

Group Enrollments

100+ Students

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