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.

Big Data Could Spell Big Trouble

Big Data Could Spell Big Trouble

There is a lot being written these days about how “big data” can help emergency scene commanders improve situational awareness and, subsequently, make …

Situational Awareness on the Roadway

Situational Awareness on the Roadway

There have been several recent incidents where responders have been struck by vehicles while working on roadway incidents. The roadway is one of the more …

The Challenge of Disengagement

The Challenge of Disengagement

Why is it so hard to let go of a decision or an action once we have committed ourselves to it? As I think back on my life, it is easy for me to identify a …

Weapons of Mass Distraction

Weapons of Mass Distraction

The foundation for developing situational awareness is perception – using your senses to gather information about what is happening around you. In lay terms, …

2015 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review

Last year i started offered a summary of my activities to advance the Situational Awareness Matters mission. I received a lot of positive comments and support …

Top 10 of 2015

Top 10 of 2015

It is the goal of Situational Awareness Matters to post a new podcast episode every Tuesday and a new blog article every Friday. This goal was achieved in …

3 Size-up Mistakes

3 Size-up Mistakes

I recently read an article that was talking the process for sizing up a situation before making a decision. For clarification purposes, this was an article in …

Situational Awareness and Accountability

Situational Awareness and Accountability

Not long ago,  I was provided with the opportunity to present a webinar for Firehouse. The webinar was sponsored by Scott Safety. The program addressed the …

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