Archive by category Competency

These are the first responder situational awareness and decision making issues and opportunities related to competency. 

Episode 139 | Building expert knowledge

Episode 139 | Building expert knowledge

  In this episode, we discuss ideas for how to build expert knowledge in first responders, especially during a time when the number of structure fires is …

Time to Task Completion is Critical

Time to Task Completion is Critical

Your highest level of situational awareness is formed when you are able to make accurate predictions about future events. In science we call this projection …

You Can’t Rush Expertise

You Can’t Rush Expertise

You may or may not know there are researchers who dedicate their lives to understanding what makes someone an expert and how long it takes for them to acquire …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Giving L.I.P. to R.I.T.

Giving L.I.P. to R.I.T.

  I would like to share the results of a series of informal polls I have been conducting over the past several years. I have been conducting these surveys …

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