Situational Awareness Matters!™ http://www.samatters.com Helping you see the bad things coming in time to change the outcome. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:00:11 +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 34 – Firefighting: It’s a whole new ballgame http://www.samatters.com/34/ http://www.samatters.com/34/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=7050         __________________________________________________________________ This episode discusses the long-term impact of the economic downturn of 2008 on fire department staffing and how strategy and tactics should be adjusted to the “new normal.” In the near-miss segment, we discuss freelancing at … Continue reading

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Missing puzzle pieces http://www.samatters.com/missing-puzzle-pieces/ http://www.samatters.com/missing-puzzle-pieces/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=7043 The formation of situational awareness begins with perception. What you perceive becomes the foundation for understanding. What you understand then becomes the primer for prediction: Perception – Understanding – Prediction. This is how situational awareness is formed. Let’s explore one … Continue reading

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Episode 33: A double close call at a residential dwelling fire http://www.samatters.com/33/ http://www.samatters.com/33/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=7037         __________________________________________________________________ Wadesville Fire Department Deputy Chief Adam Farrar recounts a residential dwelling fire that resulted in two close call events for members operating at the scene. Length: 43 minutes http://traffic.libsyn.com/samatters/Adam_Farrar_Interview.mp3 On January 14, 2010 the Wadesville Fire … Continue reading

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How Flawed Expectations Can Impact Situational Awareness http://www.samatters.com/flawed-expectations-can-impact-situational-awareness/ http://www.samatters.com/flawed-expectations-can-impact-situational-awareness/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:02:49 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=7023 The development of situational awareness happens on a three-tiered continuum. It begins with perceiving your environment. Then, what is perceived must be understood (and this is not as simple as it may appear). Finally, understanding is used to predict the … Continue reading

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Episode 32: Tips for improving situational awareness http://www.samatters.com/32/ http://www.samatters.com/32/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=7018         __________________________________________________________________   This episode discusses 12 tips for developing and maintaining situational awareness and reviews a firefighter near miss from a flashover and mayday. Length: 22 minutes http://traffic.libsyn.com/samatters/SAM_32__12_Ways_to_Situational_Awareness.mp3   Our Sponsors:   Intro music Safety Dance (1982) … Continue reading

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Twelve Ways to Situational Awareness http://www.samatters.com/twelve-ways-to-situational-awareness/ http://www.samatters.com/twelve-ways-to-situational-awareness/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.samatters.com/?p=3563 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. 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 34 This episode discusses the long-term impact of the economic downturn of 2008 on fire department staffing and how strategy … 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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