Category Archives: Staffing

Those are first responder situational awareness and decision making issues that relate to staffing, including under staffing, quality of staffing, quantity of staffing, response time delays, mutual aid and automatic aid.

Twelve Ways to Situational Awareness

Ho, Ho, Ho. Merry Christmas everyone! I know everyone’s feeling particularly festive this time of year and I have caught the Christmas spirit in a very situational awareness sort of way. Surely you’ve heard of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” … Continue reading

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Episode 31: Out of air! Close call survivor story.

        __________________________________________________________________   On Wednesday, February 18, 2009, Elyria Fire Captain Joe Pronesti responded to a fire alarm activation call on a college campus. The first arriving engine reported heavy smoke coming from multiple buildings. In search of … Continue reading

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Situational Awareness is a Complex Topic

The topic of situational awareness is growing in popularity in the fire service and this is a good thing. For decades the casualty reports have revealed that flawed situational awareness leads to poor decision making and has contributed to tragic … Continue reading

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Episode 29: Interview with Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer

        __________________________________________________________________ On July 5, 2013, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported commercial building fire at the Mayfair Professional Building, located at 5901 North Mayfair. Within two minutes of the alarm, the first arriving company found … Continue reading

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Episode 25: A firefighter’s situational awareness lessons from a mayday call.

Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ On this episode, I interview Firefighter John Dantuono of the Lakeside (New York) Fire Department. Lakeside is located west of Syracuse. The … Continue reading

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Episode 23: Situational Awareness lessons learned when three feet from death – Part 2

Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ On this episode I continue the interview with Captain John Lightly. John as served as a member of the Youngstown, Ohio Fire … Continue reading

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Episode 22: Situational Awareness Lessons Learned when Three Feet From Death – Part 1

Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ On this episode (Part 1 of 2) I interview with Captain John Lightly. John as served as a member of the Youngstown, … Continue reading

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Episode 18: Situational Awareness Lessons Learned in Two Minutes

  Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________   This close call survival story is an interviews Aurora Fire Lieutenant Sean Dolan sharing amazing lessons from the house fire … Continue reading

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Episode 17: Situational awareness lessons learned from a double line-of-duty death

  Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________   “Lessons learned from the Athletic Club Hotel Fire.” This episode is an interview with Indianapolis Health & Safety Chief, Doug … Continue reading

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Episode 16: The impact of fatigue on situational awareness

  Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ Episode 16: The impact of fatigue on situational awareness Length: 20 minutes Back in episode 7 I answered a listener question … Continue reading

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