Category Archives: Standard Operating Procedures/Guidelines

These are the first responder situational awareness and decision making issues and opportunities related to standard operating procedures and standard operating guidelines.

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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Episode 30: Brooklyn Park FD Carbon Monoxide Close Call Story

        __________________________________________________________________   On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Brooklyn Park Fire Department was dispatched to a medical call that had the potential to be catastrophic for the members of their department, their EMS transport provider and their … Continue reading

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Episode 28: Interview with technology guru Darrell O’Donnell

        __________________________________________________________________ On this episode, I interview technology guru Darrell O’Donnell. Darrell runs a successful technology coaching and consulting firm where he works to bridge the gap between technology experts and first responders. Darrell has a special passion … 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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Exciting changes coming to SAMatters!

In case you missed the announcements made in the October newsletter, there are some exciting changes coming to the SAMatters community. This month (October 2014) marks the three-year anniversary since the launch of the SAMatters website and the popular “Get … Continue reading

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Episode 24: A situational awareness driving lesson.

Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ On this episode, I interview Firefighter Richard Marcus of the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department in Connecticut. On May 5, 2006, Firefighter … 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 20: Mayday for Mental Health

  Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ This episode chronicles a father’s story of inspiration from tragedy. Listen in as I interview Fire Chief Patrick Kenny from the … Continue reading

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Episode 19: Situational awareness lessons from a first responder shot in the face

  Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ This close call survival story is an amazing interview with Okaloosa County Sheriff Investigator Steven Hough. This episode retells the story of … Continue reading

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