“Get in the Loop” Tour

Situational Awareness Matters!

“Get in the Loop” Tour


There are over 25 “Get in the Loop” Tour Stops Scheduled for 2013


AFAC/CRC Bushfire Conference (Melbourne, Australia)

* Fire Chiefs Associaiton of British Columbia (Pentincton, British Columbia)

* FDIC Atlantic (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

* Firehouse World (San Diego, California)

Fire Department Instructors Conference (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Maryland Fire-Rescue Institute (Towson, Maryland)

Ventura County Fire Academy (Camarillo, California)

* Comox Valley Fire Chiefs Association (Comox, British Columbia)

Firehouse Expo (Baltimore, Maryland)

Fire-Rescue International (Chicago, Illinois)

* University of North Carolina (Charlotte, North Carolina)

And many, many more!

The Goal

My goal is simple. I want to reduce first responder casualties by improving your situational awareness and decision making in high-stress, high-consequence environments.

For decades researchers have been working to improve the decision making of NASA astronauts, airline pilots, medical providers, and military personnel. Unfortunately, their lessons have not been shared with the public safety community.

We (public safety) have been Out of the Loop. My goal is to get us Into the Loop by sharing lessons that can save your life. If you want a flavor of the topics I cover, just sniff around my website for a bit and read some of my articles. If you want specific outline, I’d be happy to provide that for you too.

The Strategy

I want to make it as easy as possible to get the information you need to improve your safety. I will provide critical information multiple ways. I’m trying to meet your needs in the format you are most comfortable being trained in.

The Options

A Dozen Ways You Can “Get in the Loop”

1. On-Line: Read the articles I post on the SAMatters website. They will focus on topics specific to improving first responder situational awareness and decision making. Subscribe to the newsletters and get updates and additional information sent monthly.

2. Live: Host a classroom-based program for your department; regional, county and state association; academy, university or technical college; national or international conference. I have some very affordable options including fundraising plans where your department or association can host a program and earn money.

3. Books & Videos: Use the educational materials specifically designed to improve situational awareness and decision making – available in the SAMatters store.

4. Consulting: Conduct a pre-incident evaluation of your department and let me show you how to improve the safety of your responders BEFORE you have a casualty incident.

Alternatively (and far less enjoyable), invite me in after you’ve experienced a significant near-miss or casualty event to conduct a facilitated debrief to help your organization glean lessons related to human factors and performance under stress. Debriefs are not investigations and provide results very different than OSHA and NIOSH investigations.

5. Joint Ventures: Watch for announcement of educational programs where I will be partnering with other experts from fire, police, EMS, medicine, aviation, military, business and neuroscience to deliver content on topics to improve first responder safety.

6. Audio Programs: Listen to educational programs on topics that will improve your situational awareness and decision making – available in the SAMatters store.

7. Webinars: Watch on-demand webinars, many of which were recorded live at conferences throughout the world. Could not attend a national conference. This is the next best thing. All the educational materials are available at a fraction of the cost it would have been to attend the conference – available in the SAMatters store.

8. Podcasting: Listen to the Situational Awareness Matters podcast show. The show features short presentations on topics related to situational awareness and decision making – available on iTunes (SAMatters).

9. YouTube: Watch short video presentations I’ve uploaded on topics related to situational awareness and decision making – available on YouTube (SAMattersTV).

10. Social Media: Get connected with me on social media. I regularly post content on the SAMatters Facebook Fan Page, SAMatters Twitter feed, RichGasaway Twitter feed, and LinkedIn (Rich Gasaway).

11. Coaching: Participate in a live coaching call session where I will discuss safety topics and then I open the phone lines up for you to ask your questions and get tangible solutions to safety challenges you may be facing. Announcements for coaching sessions will be posted on SAMatters.

12. Mastermind Group: Join my Situational Awareness Mastermind community of forward-thinking, solution-oriented leaders. Announcements for how to join the mastermind group will be posted on SAMatters.

The Outcomes

By the end of 2013, here is what I want to accomplish to improve first responder situational awareness.

1. Deliver 100 live programs to 15,000 first responders worldwide (a minimum of three countries and two continents).

2. Write 200 articles on SAMatters.com with solutions and advice that improved first responder safety.

3. Publish 5 journal articles and 1 book to help first responders improve situational awareness and decision making.

4. Conduct 3 pre-incident fire department evaluations to improve operational safety, teamwork, communications, confidence and morale.

5. Conduct 2 facilitated debriefs following catastrophic events and help those departments in the process of healing.

6. Partner with two other public safety professionals to create 2 new national-level safety programs.

7. Create 10 audio programs that individuals and departments can use to improve safety.

8. Record 10 webinars on topics individuals and departments can use to improve safety.

9. Create and post a weekly podcast radio show on topics related to first responder safety.

10. Create 20 YouTube videos to help improve first responder safety.

11. Post 1,000 Twitter messages related to situational awareness and decision making and cross feed those messages to LinkedIn and Facebook.

12. Attract 5,000 SAMatters.com visitors to subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

Please… let me know how I can help you improve the safety of your responders.