The Mental Management of Emergencies:
Improving first responder situational awareness and
decision making under stress.
Format: Interactive Seminar
Length: 2-hour, 1/2 day or full-day
Since the inception of the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System in 2005, the leading contributing factors to near-miss events are NOT strategy, tactics, equipment, procedures or training. The leading contributing factors are flawed situational awareness, poor decision making and human error. Likewise, the line-of-duty death investigation reports issued by the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health repeatedly cite issues with situational awareness and decision making as leading contributing factors in casualty events.
Organizations with state-of-the-art equipment, sound strategy & tactics, well-developed SOPs and command training centers are still experiencing incident scene casualties. The solution to improving your safety lies with improving your situational awareness and decision making – learning how to see the bad things coming in time to change the outcome. This program explores and discusses:
- 6 ways physical and mental stress impact decision making;
- 7 step process for making decisions in high stress, dynamic, rapidly changing environments;
- 4 essential components to making quality decisions under stress.
- How the brain uses pattern matching, mental modeling and information chunking to make high stress decisions.
- 3 levels of situational awareness including how to develop and maintain each.
- Common situational awareness flaws that can have catastrophic outcomes.
- Best practices for developing and maintaining situational awareness in high-stress, high consequence situations.
NOTE: This is not a strategy and tactics presentation. This program focuses on the neuroscience of high stress, high consequence decision making and the process for developing and maintaining situational awareness.