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.

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 …

Team Situational Awareness

Team Situational Awareness

This is going to be an uncomfortable conversation as we talk about assessing your team to identify your weak links – the members who are not adequately …

No SOPs = No Game Plan

No SOPs = No Game Plan

  I have many opportunities to talk with first responders about the importance of having standard operating procedures (SOPs) or standard operating …

Mission Myopia

Mission Myopia

The tones drop for an apartment building fire. On the way, dispatch is advising multiple calls, confirming a working fire and the possibility of people …

Tacit Knowledge

Tacit Knowledge

As you traverse through life, you are constantly gathering and assessing information. This is accomplished though sensory input (seeing, hearing, feeling, …

Bravado

Bravado

  For the most part, I am fortunate. The first responders who attend my situational awareness classes are humble, courteous and professional. They come to …

The Downside of Experience

The Downside of Experience

Firefighting is a dangerous vocation. Nearly every aspect of the job contains some element of risk. Training and experience help us manage the risk and, …

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