Archive by category Safety

These are the first responder situational awareness and decision making articles related to first responder safety.

Aggressiveness and Situational Awareness

Aggressiveness and Situational Awareness

I was recently contacted by email from a Situational Awareness Matters member asking if aggressiveness and safety can co-exist at an emergency scene. My answer …

Aggressive versus conservative

Aggressive versus conservative

There is an ongoing debate in the fire service. Unless you are unplugged from social media and online journals, you’re surely aware of it. On one end of the …

A situational awareness paradigm shift

A situational awareness paradigm shift

Paradigm: A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitute a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them . Recent research …

A Must-See Safety Video

A Must-See Safety Video

I would like to recommend that you all watch this video created by the Chicago Fire Department, depicting

360° Size Up

360° Size Up

 It’s really quite a simple premise. To capture clues and cues requires seeing or hearing them. At a structure fire, the visual clues and cues occupy a …

3 Size-up Mistakes

3 Size-up Mistakes

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

Meta Awareness

Meta Awareness

  Developing and maintaining situational awareness at an emergency scene can be a very challenging task. Scenes are often stressful, complex, …

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