About Rich Gasaway

Richard B. Gasaway served 33 years on the front lines as a firefighter, EMT-Paramedic and fire chief. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree while studying how individuals, teams and organizations develop and maintain situational awareness and make decisions in high stress, high consequence, time compressed environments. Dr. Gasaway is widely considered to be one of the nation's leading authorities on first responder situational awareness and decision making. His material has been featured and referenced in more than 400 book chapters, research projects, journal articles, podcasts, webinars and videos. His research and passion to improve workplace safety through improved situational awareness is unrivaled. Dr. Gasaway's leadership and safety programs have been presented to more than 42,000 first responders, emergency managers, medical providers, military personnel, aviation employees, industrial workers and business leaders throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

A Tour of SAMatters

A Tour of SAMatters

For those who have been along for the journey from the launch of the Situational Awareness Matters mission, thank you so much for your dedication and support. …

Teaching decision making to firefighters

Teaching decision making to firefighters

In a recent class I engaged in a discussion with an officer who took exception with my recommendation that firefighters should be taught how to use situational …

The Normalization of Deviance

The Normalization of Deviance

It’s an odd term… normalization of deviance. But the term, and the premise behind the term, provides a valuable explanation as to some of the behaviors we …

Divided Attention Test

Divided Attention Test

In a recent Mental Management of Emergencies program, we were talking about multitasking. During the discussion I explained what happens when a person attempts …

Actions of the first-in officer

Actions of the first-in officer

During a recent Flawed situational awareness program I engaged the class in a discussion of what the actions of the first-in officer should be once the …

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