Fifty Ways to Kill a First Responder

Fifty Ways to Kill a First Responder:
Improving emergency scene situational awareness.

Format: Interactive Seminar
Length: 2 days (shorter versions available)

This program is based on the findings of Dr. Gasaway’s research on emergency incident decision making. In his review of hundreds of near-miss reports, case studies, line-of-duty death reports and videos he continually found himself being frustrated because there were so many clues, indicators and signs that the incident was going to end in disaster. But for some reason, the personnel operating at the incident scene could not see it coming.

 

Chief Gasaway’s research sought to understand the barriers that challenge situational awareness at emergency scenes. This program focuses on the leading barriers to situational awareness at emergency scenes. This program explores and discusses:

 

  • 12 categories of situational awareness barriers.
  • How situational awareness is impacted by:
    • Staffing levels
    • Communications issues
    • Attention management
    • Workload management
    • Human factors
    • The location of command
    • Command support and command aids
    • Incident and organizational goals and mission
    • The organizational culture
    • … and so much more
  • 5 critical command mistakes you can avoid
  • 10 best practices for command decision-makers

 

NOTE: This is not a strategy and tactics class. This program focuses on the barriers that challenge emergency responder situational awareness and decision making. The program is based on the presenter’s doctoral research and the challenges faced by commanders at residential dwelling fires. However, the lessons are, quite literally, universal to anyone who works in a high-stress, high-consequence decision making environment.

 

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