Situational Awareness Matters!™ http://www.samatters.com Helping you see the bad things coming in time to change the outcome. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Copyright © Situational Awareness Matters!™ 2014 rich@richgasaway.com (Dr. Richard B. Gasaway) rich@richgasaway.com (Dr. Richard B. Gasaway) 1440 http://www.samatters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Gasaway7.jpg Situational Awareness Matters!™ http://www.samatters.com 144 144 Helping you see the bad things coming in time to change the outcome SAMatters Radio show helps improve first responder safety by sharing lessons about situational awareness and lessons from close calls and line of duty deaths. Firefighter, Safety, Incident, Command, Situational, Awareness, Human, Factors, Safety, First, Responders, EMS Dr. Richard B. Gasaway Dr. Richard B. Gasaway rich@richgasaway.com no no Episode 31: Out of air! Close call survivor story. http://www.samatters.com/31/ http://www.samatters.com/31/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=7005         __________________________________________________________________   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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Radio Show http://www.samatters.com/radio/ http://www.samatters.com/radio/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?page_id=6046   Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ Episode 31 Elyria Fire Department Captain, Joe Pronesti, ran out of air while fighting a fire in an underground tunnel. He … Continue reading

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Anchoring Bias as a Barrier to Situational Awareness http://www.samatters.com/anchoring-bias-barrier-situational-awareness/ http://www.samatters.com/anchoring-bias-barrier-situational-awareness/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=6998 There are over 100 cognitive biases that can impact situational awareness, and subsequently, decision making. Many of these biases are discussed during the Mental Management of Emergencies and Flawed Situational Awareness programs because it is important for responders to understand … Continue reading

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Episode 30: Brooklyn Park FD Carbon Monoxide Close Call Story http://www.samatters.com/30/ http://www.samatters.com/30/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=6984         __________________________________________________________________   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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Situational Awareness is a Complex Topic http://www.samatters.com/situational-awareness-complex-topic/ http://www.samatters.com/situational-awareness-complex-topic/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=6967 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 http://www.samatters.com/29/ http://www.samatters.com/29/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=6925         __________________________________________________________________ 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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Chatty TSA agents http://www.samatters.com/chatty-tsa-agents/ http://www.samatters.com/chatty-tsa-agents/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=6952 It is possible that while you are attempting to pay attention to something, you can be drawn off your task by distractions or interruptions to your workload. A distraction is something that pulls your attention away by accident (like a … Continue reading

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Episode 28: Interview with technology guru Darrell O’Donnell http://www.samatters.com/28/ http://www.samatters.com/28/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=6910         __________________________________________________________________ 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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Weather can impact situational awareness http://www.samatters.com/weather-can-impact-situational-awareness/ http://www.samatters.com/weather-can-impact-situational-awareness/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=6935 You may recall from earlier discussions that situational awareness is formed by gathering information about what is happening in the environment around you. Then, your brain takes that information and attempts to form an understanding of what it all means. … Continue reading

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Episode 27: Preparing for your climb down the career ladder: Retirement! http://www.samatters.com/27/ http://www.samatters.com/27/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:00:35 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=6896         __________________________________________________________________ On this episode, I interview Jeff Dill from the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance and Fire Chief (ret.) Les Karpluk who operates Genesis 2020 Solutions, a leadership teaching and consulting company located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. … Continue reading

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