Episode 22: Situational Awareness Lessons Learned when Three Feet From Death – Part 1

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Youngstown Fire Department
Captain John Lightly

On this episode (Part 1 of 2) I interview with Captain John Lightly. John as served as a member of the Youngstown, Ohio Fire Department for 13 years. Youngstown FD has 8 stations and a sworn strength of 135 firefighters. John’s married and has twin daughters who are in 3rd grade. So you can imagine how exciting… and hectic John’s life is. I really appreciate him sitting down with me and sharing his close call survivor story where he almost died as a result of being caught in a flashover. For reasons that will become obvious during the interview, I title this episode “3 feet from death” and dedicate to all the firefighters who’ve been caught in a flashover and did not live to tell their story.

Length: 52 minutes

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Physical condition assessments improve situational awareness

PAROne of the primary purposes of a Personnel Accountability Report (PAR) is to ensure that the incident commander and safety officer knows where crews are and that all members are accounted for. In the event of a rapid change in conditions or an unforeseen turn of events, the PAR can be used to quickly account for what crews are intact and safe and what personnel may be endangered.

In addition to the reasons stated above, the PAR can also help improve commander and safety officer situational awareness as it relates to personnel wellness at an emergency scene.

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Episode 21: Situational awareness lessons shared by a first responder struck by a car

 

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Situational Awareness Matters RadioOn this episode I interview Sean Balantic. After serving 6 years active duty as a United States Marine, Sean served as a federal firefighter prior to being employed by the Rochester, New York Fire Department where he has served for almost 7 years. Sean is assigned as a firefighter on Truck 3. In this interview, Sean shares his close call survivor story where he was struck by a car at an incident scene and has been off-work for nearly 3 months.

The episode begins with some exciting announcements about improvements coming to the Situational Awareness Matters community of learners, including: A rollout of the newly revised SAMatters Online Academy (adding the feature for departments to sign-up all their members for one price), a free class give away for new members, and the creation of a premium membership option on the website that will offer a whole host of features to improve safety and situational awareness. Watch the website for announcements.

Length: 37 minutes

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Expectations and situational awareness

spinningThe ability to develop and maintain situational awareness is a far more complex process than most people realize. I’ve had many responders say to me that as long as they are “paying attention” or “keeping their head on a swivel” or “looking up, down and all around”, they will have strong situational awareness.

I truly wish it were that simple. If it were, flawed situational awareness would not be one of the leading contributors to first responder near-miss and casualty events. Because, all we’d have to do to fix the problem is… pay better attention… keep our heads on a swivel… and look up, down and all around.

In this article, we are going to explore the role of expectations on forming and maintaining situational awareness.

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Episode 20: Mayday for Mental Health

 

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Situational Awareness MattersThis episode chronicles a father’s story of inspiration from tragedy. Listen in as I interview Fire Chief Patrick Kenny from the Village of Western Springs, Illinois Fire Department. Chief Kenny talks candidly about losing his son, Sean, to suicide – and the importance of mental health for first responders.

Length: 33 minutes

 

 

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Teaching situational awareness and decision making

teachlearnSituational awareness is the foundation for good decision making. Situational awareness is formed by observing… and understanding what is happening in your environment, in the context of how time is passing. That “understanding” is then used to make predictions of future events. For those who have attended my full-day situational awareness classes you know this is a simplified explanation but it will due for the discussion we are about to have on teaching situational awareness and decision making.

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

 

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Situational Awareness MattersThis close call survival story is an amazing interview with Okaloosa County Sheriff Investigator Steven Hough. This episode retells the story of a first responder shot in the face by an assailant during a standoff. He will share with you what happened as the suspect, armed with an assault rifle, charged the vehicle Investigator Hough and fellow officers were taking over behind. The show notes include audio and video content.

Length: 55 minutes

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The myth of multitasking and situational awareness

PrintThink you’re good at multitasking? If so, you are just fooling yourself. Or, perhaps more aptly stated, your brain is fooling you. Multitasking is simply a way for us to be tricked into doing a whole bunch of things, poorly, all at the same time. When it comes to managing attention, the human brain cannot multitask. Let’s explore the myth of multitasking.

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Episode 18: Situational Awareness Lessons Learned in Two Minutes

 

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This close call survival story is an interviews Aurora Fire Lieutenant Sean Dolan sharing amazing lessons from the house fire where he was caught in a flashover and sustained second and third degree burns. Sean is very candid in sharing the details of what happened and how close he came to death.

Length: 63 minutes

 

 

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Confronting a boss with flawed situational awareness

downloadI recently read a post on social media where a firefighter said at an incident scene that he doesn’t worry about his situational awareness. That’s what he has an officer for. Further, he didn’t worry about having situational awareness about the larger incident scene, that’s what he has an incident commander for. I could not disagree more with this mindset. In fact, I would characterize this as a dangerous mindset and would like to defend why you would never want to relegate your situational awareness to anyone else.

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