Author Archives: Rich Gasaway

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.

Episode 21: Situational awareness lessons shared by a first responder struck by a car

Situational Awareness Matters Radio Show Now on Stitcher Radio too! __________________________________________________________________ Episode 21: First responder struck by a car. On this episode I interview Sean Balantic. After serving 6 years active duty as a United States Marine, Sean served as … Continue reading

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Expectations and situational awareness

The ability to develop and maintain situational awareness is a far more complex process than most people realize. I’ve had many responders say to me that as long as they are “paying attention” or “keeping their head on a swivel” … Continue reading

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Episode 20: Mayday for Mental Health

Situational Awareness Matters Radio Show __________________________________________________________________ Episode 20: Mayday for Mental Health This episode chronicles a father’s story of inspiration from tragedy. Listen in as I interview Fire Chief Patrick Kenny from the Village of Western Springs, Illinois Fire Department. … Continue reading

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Teaching situational awareness and decision making

Situational awareness is the foundation for good decision making. Situational awareness is formed by observing… and understanding what is happening in your environment, in the context of how time is passing. That “understanding” is then used to make predictions of … Continue reading

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Episode 19: Situational awareness lessons from a first responder shot in the face

Situational Awareness Matters Radio Show __________________________________________________________________ Episode 19: What I learned from getting shot in the face. This close call survival story is an amazing interview with Okaloosa County Sheriff Investigator Steven Hough who was shot in the face by an … Continue reading

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The myth of multitasking and situational awareness

Think you’re good at multitasking? If so, you are just fooling yourself. Or, perhaps more aptly stated, your brain is fooling you. Multitasking is simply a way for us to be tricked into doing a whole bunch of things, poorly, … Continue reading

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Episode 18: What I learned in two minutes – A close call survivor story

__________________________________________________________________ Episode 18: What I learned in two minutes. This close call survival story is an interviews Aurora Fire Lieutenant Sean Dolan sharing amazing lessons from the house fire where he was caught in a flashover and sustained second and … Continue reading

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Situational Awareness Keyword Search

Here’s a cool new way to search for situational awareness articles. Click on any keyword in the word cloud below and you will be directed to a list of articles related to that topic.    

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Confronting a boss with flawed situational awareness

I recently read a post on social media where a firefighter said at an incident scene that he doesn’t worry about his situational awareness. That’s what he has an officer for. Further, he didn’t worry about having situational awareness about … Continue reading

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Episode 17: Interview with Indianapolis Health & Safety Chief Doug Abernathy

__________________________________________________________________ Episode 17 “Lessons learned from the Athletic Club Hotel Fire.” This episode is an interview with Indianapolis Health & Safety Chief, Doug Abernathy. In 1992, Doug had been on the Indianapolis Fire Department for four years and was serving … Continue reading

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