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Episode 157

This episode is part seven of a nine-part serious on dangerous mindsets that first responders can develop and I offer some advice for dealing with each. This week we talk about the super hero mindset.

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Length: 26 minutes

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Episode 156

This episode discusses the history of SAMatters and Dr. Gasaway shares his background and the work he has done to improve first responder situational awareness and high-risk decision making.

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Length: 42 minutes

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Episode 155

This episode is part six of a nine-part serious on dangerous mindsets that first responders can develop and I offer some advice for dealing with each. This week we talk about the Silent member.

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Length: 29 minutes

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Episode 154

This episode is part five of a nine-part serious on dangerous mindsets that first responders can develop and I offer some advice for dealing with each. This week we talk about the Stubborn, (a.k.a. The bull-headed).

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Length: 26 minutes

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Episode 153

This episode is part four of a nine-part serious on dangerous mindsets that first responders can develop and I offer some advice for dealing with each. This week we talk about the Superior, (a.k.a. The Boss).

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Length: 33 minutes

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Episode 152

This episode is part three of a nine-part serious on dangerous mindsets that first responders can develop and I offer some advice for dealing with each. This week we talk about the Specialist, (a.k.a. The Know-it-all).

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Length: 33 minutes

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Episode 151

This episode is part two of a nine-part serious on dangerous mindsets that first responders can develop and I offer some advice for dealing with each.

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Length: 28 minutes

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Episode 150

In this episode we kick off a nine-part serious on dangerous mindsets that first responders develop and offer some advice for dealing with each. We start off with talking about the starter mindset. That’s the mindset of the brand new responder. It is, in many ways, different from seasoned responders.

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Length: 30 minutes

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Episode 149

In this episode we discuss how your mind can drift out of consciousness and the impact it can have on your situational awareness if it does.

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Length: 27 minutes

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Episode 148

In this episode, I interview Journeyman Carpenter and Vancouver Firefighter James Johnson, sharing building construction lessons for firefighters.

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Length: 52 minutes

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Episode 147

This episode discusses the importance of rehearsal as a means to strengthen team situational awareness.

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Length: 38 minutes

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Episode 146

In this episode, we discuss how fear can impact situational awareness in ways that might be surprising.

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Length: 29 minutes

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Episode 145

In this episode, we discuss the challenges when first responders become task saturated.

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Length: 26 minutes

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Episode 144

In this episode, we discuss the pre-arrival lens that responders use to help form situational awareness.

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Length: 24 minutes

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Episode 143

In this episode, we examine the role that short-term and long-term memory plays in helping first responders develop and maintain situational awareness.

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Length: 29 minutes

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Episode 142

In this episode, Captain Ricky Mehaffey from the Waynesville NC Fire Department, chronicles his near-miss survival http://traffic.libsyn.com/samatters/SAM20142207C20Interview20with20Near20Miss20Survivor20Ricky20Mehaffey.mp3story where 3 firefighters almost died at a “routine” chimney fire.

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Length: 48 minutes

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Episode 141

In this episode, we explore how the brain confabulates – or makes up its own reality. In the absence of facts, the brain can start to invent or create its own reality.  This can be dangerous on emergency scenes.

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Length: 22 minutes

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Episode 140

In this episode, I interview my son, Cameron Gasaway, a firefighter with the Madison, Wisconsin Fire Department, about why it is so hard to speak up when you see something that’s going wrong.

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Length: 39 minutes

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Episode 139

In this episode, we discuss ideas for how to build expert knowledge in first responders, especially during a time when the number of structure fires is declining.   

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Length: 22 minutes

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Episode 138

In this episode, we discuss 9 things you should consider when evaluating your purchase of incident command software.   

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Length: 31 minutes

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Episode 137

In this episode, we discuss how situational awareness can be improved or impacted by radio traffic. 

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Length: 30 minutes

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Episode 136

This special episode is dedicated to answering questions about the Situational Awareness Matters Online Academy. 

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Length: 24 minutes

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Episode 135

In this episode, we discuss the importance of meta-awareness as a technique to help improve first responder safety.

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Length: 32 minutes

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Episode 134

In this episode, we discuss the importance of setting operational strategy based on available resources and the impact of understaffing on situational awareness.

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Length: 25 minutes

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Episode 133

In this episode, we discuss the role of the devil’s advocate on emergency scenes and how the advocate can help when there is a flawed perception of reality.

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Length: 27 minutes

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Episode 132

I am super excited to be able to share with you the features and enrollment options for the newly released Situational Awareness Matters Online Academy.

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Length: 22 minutes

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Episode 131

In this episode, we discuss five best practices for managing mental workload under stressful working conditions.

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Length: 26 minutes

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Episode 130

In this episode, we discuss the phenomenon known as auditory exclusion (going deaf under stress) and I explain how it happens and how it can impact situational awareness and decision making.

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Length: 35 minutes

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Episode 129

In this episode, Beaver Dam Fire & Rescue Chief Alan Mannel shares the details of a shootout incident that occurred while he was serving as a police officer in Illinois.

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Length: 57 minutes

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Episode 128

In this episode, I interview Norfolk Fire Lieutenant Jarrod Sergi as he discusses how sleep inertia impacted his awareness and decision making skills at a late-night fire.

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Length: 58 minutes

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Episode 127

In this episode, we discuss the challenges of teaching responders how to speak up when they think something is going wrong.  As we will see, it goes way beyond telling them to speak up if they see something.

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Length: 39 minutes

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Episode 126

In this episode, I interview Birmingham Assistant Fire Chief Floyd (Buddy) Wilks, Jr. who served as the incident commander during a mayday at a residential dwelling fire.

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Length: 68 minutes

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Episode 125

In this episode we look at the top 12 reasons why first responders are so hesitant to discuss their near-miss events and the lessons they learned from them that could save the lives of other responders.

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Length: 34 minutes

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Episode 124

In this episode we look at how facilitated debriefings used in aviation safety to improve air travel can be applied to emergency services to improve responder safety.

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Length: 33 minutes

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Episode 123

In this episode we explore how responders use positive and negative clues and cues to develop and maintain situational awareness at emergency scenes.

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Length: 30 minutes

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Episode 122

In this episode we explore the locus of control and how it can impact first responder safety.

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Length: 24 minutes

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Episode 121

In this episode we explore three types of stress that can impact first responders.

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Length: 33 minutes

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Episode 120

In this episode I sat down for an interview with Instructor John Dixon to discuss his passion topic – the normalization of deviance.

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Length: 63 minutes

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Episode 119

In this episode I sat down for an interview with West Metro Division Chief Dan Pfannenstiel to discuss a near-miss that occurred at a residential dwelling fire. This is part two of a two-part interview so if you have not yet, be sure to listen to episode 118 for the set-up to the lessons learned.

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Length: 49 minutes

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Episode 118

In this episode, I sat down for an interview with West Metro Division Chief Dan Pfannenstiel to discuss a near-miss that occurred at a residential dwelling fire. This is part one of a two-part interview so be sure to also listen to episode 119 for the lessons learned.

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Length: 51 minutes

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Episode 117

In this episode I sat down for an interview with Shawnee (KS) Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle to discuss a residential structure incident that resulted in the death of Firefighter John Glaser. Ryan discusses the details of this tragic incident and the lessons his department learned from it. This is the second part of a two-part interview so be sure to listen to Episode 116 first if you have not already done so. It will improve your understanding of the lessons learned.

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Length: 59 minutes

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Episode 116

In this episode I sat down for an interview with Shawnee (KS) Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle to discuss a residential structure incident that resulted in the death of Firefighter John Glaser. Ryan discusses the details of this tragic incident and the lessons his department learned from it. This episode is part 1 of a two-part show so be sure to also listen to episode 117.

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Length: 62 minutes

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Episode 115

In this episode we explore the importance of developing and maintain situational awareness while operating on the scenes of vehicle fires.

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Length: 34 minutes

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Episode 114

In this episode we explore how noise can impact situational awareness of first responders.

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Length: 30 minutes

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Episode 113

In this episode we discuss six red flags for danger that may get overlooked or ignored at a structure fire.

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Length: 30 minutes

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Episode 112

In this episode we discuss the process of predicting future outcomes – an important component in developing situational awareness.

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Length: 28 minutes

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Episode 111

In this episode I share 19 ways that communications issues can impact Situational Awareness.

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Length: 37 minutes

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Episode 110

In this episode I share some of the more commonly asked questions that come up during live Situational Awareness events.

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Length: 51 minutes

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Episode 109

This episode explores how situational awareness may be impacted when the first arriving officer establishes a “working command.”

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Length: 39 minutes

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Episode 108

This episode explores how situational awareness may be impacted when the first arriving officer establishes a “working command.”

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Length: 32 minutes

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Episode 107

In this episode I interview Hagerstown Fire Chief Steve Lohr. After serving 30 years with Montgomery County Fire Department, Chief Lohr accepted a position with the Hagerstown Fire Department – a department much smaller than his previous and with far fewer resources. We discuss the safety and the improvements the department is working on.

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Length: 63 minutes

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Episode 106

In this episode we will discuss what can happen when a person is experiencing sensory conflict and how this neurological phenomenon can impact situational awareness.

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Length: 31 minutes

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Episode 105

In this episode, Firefighter Chris Crawford from the Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania Fire Department. Chris is a Public Administration major at Point Park University and is writing a paper on firefighter training for his Applications of Fire Research Class. During this episode Chris interviews Dr. Gasaway about how to ensure firefighters are being properly prepared for the job in spite of controlled burn evolutions that are realistic to the conditions firefighters will face at actual fires.

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Length: 56 minutes

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Episode 104

This is Part 2 of an interview with Captain Eric Dreiman, Indianapolis Fire Department about his survival of a flashover event that resulted in multiple burns.

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Length: 47 minutes

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Episode 103

In part-1 of this 2-part interview, I talk with Captain Eric Dreiman, Indianapolis Fire Department about his survival of a flashover event that resulted in multiple burns.

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Length: 44 minutes

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Episode 102

In this episode, I share how issues related to staffing can impact situational awareness.

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Length: 34 minutes

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Episode 101

This episode interviews four members of the Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Fire Department who experienced a near-miss event when the platform on Truck 7 came into contact with a 33 kV transmission line during a routine truck check at the station.

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Length: 71 minutes

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Episode 100

This is the 100th episode for SAMatters Radio… a milestone in the podcasting world. The commemorate this event we’ll take a walk down memory lane to share how the Situational Awareness Matters mission started and discuss the progress and plans for the future.

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Length: 42 minutes

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Episode 99

This episode interviews Greg Yost, an advocate for responder safety and a father who lost his daughter from an accident involving distracted driving.

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Length: 55 minutes

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Episode 98

This episode explores the role that emotions play in judgment and decision making.

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Length: 32 minutes

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Episode 97

This episode explores the concept of situational readiness and offers 10 recommendations for how to be ready and 10 observations for how to be unprepared.

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Length: 30 minutes

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Episode 96

This episode explores how a heavy administrative workload can impact situational awareness while you are working on emergency scenes.

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Length: 49 minutes

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Episode 95

This episode explores our basic human desire to be liked and respected. Not only do we want to be liked, but we also have a very strong internal drive to avoid embarrassment. These traits of human behavior can result in peer pressure that can, in turn, impact your situational awareness.

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Length: 23 minutes

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Episode 94

This episode explores the capacity of the human brain to process sensory stimuli into short-term memory and the impact it can have on situational awareness.

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Length: 37 minutes

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Episode 93

Can aggressiveness and safety co-exist at an emergency scene?
This episode explores why those two actions – being safe and being aggressive – are not mutually exclusive activities.

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Length: 33 minutes

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Episode 92

On June 2, 2011, the San Francisco Fire Department suffered the tragic loss of 2 firefighters at 133 Berkeley Way. The episode shares some valuable situational awareness lessons from this tragic incident.

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Length: 36 minutes

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Episode 91

Perhaps you’ve heard it said that we are creatures of habit. The more we do something over and over again, the more likely that behavior will be turned into a habit. This episode explores how we create habits.

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Length: 26 minutes

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Episode 90

This episode explores the challenges responders face while operating in dynamically changing conditions that require sharing attention to multiple, concurrent activities – a.k.a., multitasking.

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Length: 34 minutes

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Episode 89

Understaffing can have a big impact on first responder safety. We all know that. But it can also have a huge impact on first responder situational awareness. This episode explores how understaffing can impact awareness.

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Length: 21 minutes

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Episode 88

This episode discusses whether incident commanders should wear turnout gear while commanding incidents. The answer may not be as simple as it appears.

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Length: 24 minutes

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Episode 87

This episode discusses the role that imagination plays in forming and maintaining situational awareness. Being able to predict future events, before they happen, is critical to first responder safety and imagination plans a key role in this process.

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Length: 22 minutes

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Episode 86

In this episode we discuss what high reliability organizations are and look at their traits and the processes they use in their efforts to produce effective and predictable results.

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Length: 29 minutes

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Episode 85

In this episode we go back to the basics and explain what situational awareness is, how it is developed and why it is so important to first responder decision making. This isn’t something we’ve done since episode #1.

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Length: 39 minutes

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Episode 84

This episode interviews Captain Jason Nesbitt and his on-duty crew at the County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service in Clairmont, Alberta.

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Length: 69 minutes

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Episode 83

This episode interviews Tiger Schmittendorf as he chronicles a near-mess event during a water rescue incident.

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Length: 34 minutes

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Episode 82

This episode interviews John Martens. John serves as a firefighter and is the founder of a company that consults with fire departments on the use of UAV (or drone) technology to improve situational awareness.

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Length: 35 minutes

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Episode 81

This episode interviews two firefighters who barely escaped a building before the fire flashed over. Captain Tim Kohlbeck and Lieutenant Chase Longmiller were on the second floor of a taxpayer-style building… bar on the lower level… apartments above it.

They had a report of a possible person trapped and were conducting a primary search when conditions changed quickly. Their decisive actions saved their lives… barely.

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Length: 51 minutes

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Episode 80

This episode is an interview the Assistant Chief Morris Lentz of the Rogersville, Alabama Fire Department. On February 8, 2009, Chief Lentz, then a lieutenant, was working a residential dwelling fire when a wall collapse trapped him under heavy debris, resulting in multiple critical injuries.

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Length: 55 minutes

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Episode 79

This episode discusses the process for competency development and introduces the Dunning-Kruger Effect, a cognitive bias whereby unskilled people suffer from the illusion of having superior skills and knowledge.

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Length: 21 minutes

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Episode 78

This episode discusses the importance of beginning emergency operations with the end result in mind.

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Length: 19 minutes

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Episode 77

This episode discusses how rewarding undesirable behavior can impact first responder safety.

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Length: 16 minutes

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Episode 76

In today’s episode I interview Brent Thomas, Stephen MacInnis and Richard Craibbe. As members of the Ontario Fire Training Officers Association they are leading an initiative to improve access to information about critical fire incidents in the Province.

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Length: 75 minutes

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Episode 75

In today’s episode I interview Shawn Rafferty, creator of the Safety Blueprint personal awareness and protection program. We will talk about how first responders can heighten their observational and situational awareness while operating in the field, and in their personal lives.

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Length: 42 minutes

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Episode 74

This episode focuses on how to create thinking firefighters who, in turn, can become resilient problem solvers at emergency scenes.

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Length: 30 minutes

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Episode 73

This episode is an interview with Ryan Pennington, author of Hoarder Homes: Piles of Hazards for Firefighters.

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Length: 56 minutes

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Episode 72

This episode explores the connection between the role of the dispatcher/communications specialist and first responders.

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Length: 26 minutes

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Episode 71

In this episode we explore the origins of Situational Awareness Matters and explain why situational awareness is so important for individuals and teams who work in high risk, high consequence environments. We also reveal the top ten situational awareness barriers for first responders.

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Length: 56 minutes

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Episode 70

This episode discusses some of the ill effects that can impact situational awareness and decision making as a result of stress.

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Length: 30 minutes

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Episode 69

While it is important to train in ways that reinforce best practices and successful outcomes, there is something to be said for training that results in failure. This episode explores the notion that out of failure, important lessons are learned.

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Length: 27 minutes

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Episode 68

This episode explores how to teach decision making to firefighters/officers during hands-on evolutions and discusses the importance of teaching both cognitive and kinesthetic memory skills to aid in decision making.

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Length: 32 minutes

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Episode 67

Interview with close call survivor Todd Budd from the Brownsburg Fire Territory. Lieutenant Budd fell through the roof while ventilating at a structure fire.

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Length: 72 minutes

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Episode 66

In this episode I sit down with Dave Dodson, the creator of the Art of Reading Smoke Program and co-author of the Art of Reading Buildings book to discuss his passion for helping firefighter read smoke and buildings.

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Length: 45 minutes

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Episode 65

This article discusses the importance of completing the 360 degree size-up.

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Length: 14 minutes

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Episode 64

On Christmas Day in 2010 the Valley Fire & Rescue Department responded to a residential dwelling fire that resulted in two close call survivor events.

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Length: 55 minutes

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Episode 63

During SAMatters Tour events there are lots of discussion happening among attendees and some great questions being asked. This episode addresses some of the questions fielded during live events.

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Length: 27 minutes

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Episode 62

What can you learn from someone who has survived close call? The answer is… A LOT. When this show was launched this show in April 2014, the purpose was, as it remains, to help first responders improve situational awareness and decision making while operating in high stress, high consequence environments. This mission has been supplemented by the real-life experiences of close call survivors, sharing INCREDIBLE stories about how they nearly died and, in some cases, how their comrades did die.

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Length: 27 minutes

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Episode 61

One of the essential components of well-developed situational awareness is being able to accurately predict the future. This prediction should be made during the initial scene size up and then it should be updated often as the incident progresses. In this episode we discuss the need to begin with the end in mind will be explored and tips will be provided for how to improve outcome predictions.

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Length: 20 minutes

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Episode 60

On this episode we discuss how to make decisions in dynamically changing environments and the importance of using situational awareness as the foundation for making good decisions under stress. It is the decisions that first responders make, while operating in high stress, high consequence, time compressed environments (using situational awareness) that drive successful or unsuccessful outcomes.

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Length: 28 minutes

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Episode 59

This episode explores Tachypsychia, a neurological condition that results in the distortion of time. While there can be several causes, we’re going to focus on emergency scene stress as the trigger.

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Length: 40 minutes

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Episode 58

The tones drop for an apartment building fire. On the way, dispatch is advising multiple calls, confirming a working fire and the possibility of people trapped. The mind of the officer on the aerial platform is busy processing – thinking – anticipating – what will need to be done upon arrival? Of course, truck work is on the officer’s mind: Forcible entry; search and rescue; ventilation. The officer takes a deep breath and smiles. It’s going to be a good day. That is… until the officer gets overcome by mission myopia.

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Length: 19 minutes

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Episode 57

Speedway Fire Department (Indiana) Lieutenant Jeff Cheshire recalls an incident where his crew was over run by changing fire conditions while operating on the third floor of an apartment building fire.

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Length: 63 minutes

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Episode 56

It is amazing how many articles and videos I have watched lately in which they are talking about decision making based on “gut feel.” It is also disheartening how many first responders I have interviewed who have admitted to me that they have dismissed their gut feelings and proceeded to do things that resulted in bad outcomes. Let’s explore the origins of intuition.

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Length: 17 minutes

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Episode 55

On March 27, 2015, Cypress Creek Lieutenant Jason Corthell District Chief Gilbert Sanchez III, were trapped and injured during a fire where a stairwell unexpectedly collapsed at an apartment building fire in Texas.

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Length: 52 minutes

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Episode 54

In this episode, Dr. Richard B. Gasaway responds to five listener questions. Tune in as he shares the answers and provides some best practices for developing and maintaining strong situational awareness while working in high-risk, high consequence environments.

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Length: 21 minutes

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Episode 53

Atascocita Volunteer Fire Captain Brian Mulligan experienced a close call when his crew responded to routine gas leak call that turned out to be anything but routine. Tune in to hear how Brian almost got electrocuted at a gas leak call.

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Length: 50 minutes

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Episode 52

In this episode I interview Andover (MN) Fire Chief Jerry Streich on the value of having a safety officer assigned during training evolutions. Chief Streich took part in a pilot program for the League of Minnesota Cities (his department’s insurance provided) in an effort to reduce training-related injuries.

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Length: 34 minutes

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Episode 51

Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern suffered second and third degree burns following a catastrophic collapse of a roof. This episode is dedicated to him and is intended to inspire all of us to: Seek First to Understand.

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Length: 21 minutes

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Episode 50

Peter Schenk worked 32 years in aviation and also as a firefighter. He is uniquely qualified to compare the safety practices (and mistakes) of aviation to the fire service and shares some valuable lessons.

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Length: 53 minutes

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Episode 49

On February 4, 2013 the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company experienced a mayday when a firefighter fell down a set of unprotected stairs during a structure fire at a multi-story, multi-tenant occupancy.

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Length: 56 minutes

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Episode 48

Firefighters and addiction. It’s not something we like to acknowledge or talk about. On this episode, we both acknowledge the problem and I have two guests from the American Addiction Centers here to give first responders advice about how to get help.

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Length: 56 minutes

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Episode 47

In this episode, Fire Engineering Editor-in-chief and FDIC International Education Director Chief Bobby Halton shares trends he sees in the fire service that is causing him concerns and his three things on his firefighter safety wish list.

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Length: 52 minutes

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Episode 46

In this episode, Chief Halton shares what’s in store for FDIC International 2015 and we discuss what trends Chief Halton is seeing that gives him encouragement about firefighter safety.

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Length: 40 minutes

 

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Episode 45

On August 11, 2007, Captain Martin and his partner were over run by a fast-moving wildland fire. On retreat, his partner became entangled on a barbed wire fence. Captain Martin used a utility knife to cut away his partner’s ensnarled clothing and they both narrowly escaped death.

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Length: 53 minutes

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Episode 44

On July 28, 2011, the Asheville Fire Department was forever changed by the LODD of Captain Jeff Bowen. During this interview, Fire Chief Scott Burnette talks about that fateful day and how the Asheville Fire Department has changed the way they operate. This Part 2 of a 2-part interview. Part 1 is Episode 43 which aired last week.

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Length: 54 minutes

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Episode 43

On July 28, 2011, the Asheville Fire Department was forever changed by the tragic LODD of Captain Jeff Bowen. During this interview, Fire Chief Scott Burnette talks about that fateful day and the significant changes that have occurred in the Asheville Fire Department – changes that every fire department can benefit from.
This is part 1 of a 2-part interview.

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Length: 47 minutes

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Episode 42

Raleigh Fire Battalion Chief (then Captain) Stephen Page recalls how he nearly died when he became lost, disoriented and separated from his crew while operating in a zero visibility environment.

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Length: 73 minutes

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Episode 41

In this episode Dr. Gasaway interviews Santa Clara County Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski, Contra Costa Battalion Chief Bob Atlas and Pinole Firefighter Christopher Baker on how to prepare for promotion to ensure you are providing the right safety leadership to your crew.

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Length: 67 minutes

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Episode 40

In this episode Dr. Gasaway interviews Ryan Pennington on the topic of fighting fires in hoarded environments.

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Length: 55 minutes

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Episode 39

In this episode Dr. Gasaway addresses the impact station alerting noise can have on situational awareness.

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Length: 27 minutes

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Episode 38

In this episode Dr. Burt Clark, author of the recently released book “I can’t save you but I’ll die trying: The American fire culture” shares his wisdom on firefighter safety and the need to change our culture. 

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Length: 79 minutes

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Episode 37

In this episode I interview Dr. Chad Weinstein the author of “Thinking Aloud: Reflections on Ethical Leadership.” Dr. Weinstein works with fire departments to achieve extraordinary results through ethical leadership. Join us as we discuss the role of ethics in creating a safety culture and bringing accountability to an organization.

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Length: 49 minutes

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Episode 36

This episode is Part 2 of an interview with Winnipeg Firefighter Lionel Crowther who recounts his close call incident where he sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns and two of his comrades lost their lives while fighting a dwelling fire.

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Length: 67

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Episode 35

This episode is Part 1 of a two-part interview with Winnipeg Firefighter Lionel Crowther who recounts his close call incident where he sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns and two of his comrades lost their lives while fighting a dwelling fire.

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Length: 65 minutes

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Episode 34

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 a residential dwelling fire and one officer’s actions directed toward correcting the misbehavior.

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Length: 43 minutes

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Episode 33

Wadesville Fire Department Deputy Chief Adam Farrar recounts a residential dwelling fire that resulted in a double close call event for members operating at the scene.

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Length: 43 minutes

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Episode 32

This episode discusses 12 tips for developing and maintaining situational awareness and reviews a firefighter near miss from a flashover and mayday.

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Length: 23 minutes

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Episode 31

Elyria Fire Department Captain, Joe Pronesti, ran out of air while fighting a fire in an underground tunnel. He barely made it out before collapsing to the ground.

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Length 70 minutes

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Episode 30

Chief Prillaman and Firefighter St. Martin talk about a close call incident in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota where a medical crew responded to a report of an individual having a stroke, only to find the house full of lethal levels of carbon monoxide.

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Length: 41 minutes

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Episode 29

This episode is an interview with Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer talking about a close call incident in Spokane where rapid fire progression created a highly volatile situation, almost trapping firefighters in the basement of an office building.

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Length: 60 minutes

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Episode 28

This episode interviews technology guru Darrell O’Donnell from TechnologyInOPS. Darrell runs a very successful coaching and consulting firm that focuses on bridging the gap between technology experts and first responders. He also has a passion for how technology can be used as a tool to improve first responder situational awareness. 

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Length: 53 minutes

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Episode 27

This episode interviews Jeff Dill (Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance) and Les Karpluk (Genesis 2020 Solutions) about the challenges and opportunities of “Climbing down the fire service ladder of success” – Preparing for retirement and life after the fire service.

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Length: 49 minutes

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Episode 26

This episode interviews Comox (BC) Fire Chief Gord Schreiner as he shares valuable lessons from his Safe and Efficient Scene Management Class, often referred throughout Canada as the “StopBad” Program.  

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Length: 57 minutes

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Episode 25

This episode interviews Firefighter John Dantuono of the Lakeside (New York) Fire Department. Lakeside is located west of Syracuse. John discusses how he responded to a mutual aid residential dwelling fire and fell through a weakened floor. 

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Length: 45 minutes

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Episode 24

Interview with a Firefighter Richard Marcus who was involved in an apparatus accident following the operator taking his eyes off the road “for just a moment.” This is a powerful lesson about apparatus operator situational awareness.

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Length: 42 minutes

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Episode 23

Part 2 of an interview with Youngstown (OH) Fire Captain John Lightly who was alone inside a residential dwelling fire and was caught in a flashover.

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Length: 61 minutes

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Episode 22

Part 1 of an interview with Youngstown (OH) Fire Captain John Lightly who was alone inside a residential dwelling fire and was caught in a flashover.

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Length: 52 minutes

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Episode 21

Interview with Rochester (NY) Firefighter Sean Balantic. Sean was struck by a car while working at the scene of an emergency.

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Length: 37 minutes

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Episode 20

Interview with Fire Chief Patrick Kenny who shares a powerful story about losing his son, Sean, to suicide and he shares an important message about mental health education.

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Length: 33 minutes

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Episode 19

Interview with police investigator Steven Hough who was shot in the face by an assailant before returning fire and mortally wounding the suspect.

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Length: 55 minutes

Episode 18

“What I learned in two minutes.” A close call survivor story shared by Lieutenant Sean Dolan of the Aurora, Colorado Fire Department. Sean was caught in a flashover and sustained severe burns.

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Length: 63 minutes

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Episode 17

Interview with Indianapolis Health & Safety Chief, Doug Abernathy sharing lessons from the Athletic Club fire that killed two firefighters.

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Length: 50 minutes

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** Bonus Episode **

Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System Expert Panel Discussing three near-miss events.

Length: 85 minutes

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Episode 16

How fatigue can impact situational awareness

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Length: 20 minutes

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Episode 15

How radio communications can impact situational awareness

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Length: 18 minutes

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Episode 14

Interview with Dave Casey, Director of the Louisiana State Fire & Emergency Training Institute on the need for realistic training.

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Length: 55 minutes

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Episode 13

Training for Failure: Understanding how we are training first responders to fail and, as a result, they are dying doing exactly what we teach them to do.

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Length: 24 minutes

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Episode 12

Interview with Buckley (WA) Fire Chief Alan Predmore who explains how “The Pigs are Eating Lemons” and it’s making his firefighters safer.

Length: 40 minutes

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Episode 11

Interview with Phil Jose, Training Chief, Seattle Fire Department discussing how the Seattle Fire Department is improving firefighter safety through training and post-incident reviews.

Length: 66 minutes

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Episode 10

Interview with Jack Sullivan, discussing the mission of the Responder Safety Institute to help improve situational awareness and safety at highway incidents.

Length: 40 minutes

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Episode 9

Interview with Captain John Wright. Hear from this Close Call Survivor who found himself on the second floor of a house, overcome by smoke and heavy fire, describe how he laid down to die and said goodbye to his son. 

Length: 61 minutes

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Episode 8

Just another false alarm: A tale of complacency. Discusses the impact of complacency on situational awareness. 

Length: 19 minutes

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** Bonus Episode **

International Fire/EMS Safety & Health Week Interview with Ryan Pennington (host of Views from the Jumpseat). Discusses the importance of this event how some things fire departments can do to improve safety all year long.

Length: 50 minutes

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Episode 7

Discussion on lessons learned from the Line of Duty Death of Asheville Fire Captain Jeff Bowen who died in a structure fire at 445 Biltmore Avenue. Dr. Gasaway conducted a four-day facilitated debriefing of the members of the Asheville Fire Department following this tragic event.

Length: 18 minutes

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Episode 6

Interview with Wayne William, Safety Officer for the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation discussing his views on wildland firefighter safety. Hear about his close call survival story and why he thinks deployment shelters should not be carried. We’ll also explore the Myth of Multitasking.

Length: 55 minutes

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Episode 5

This episode discusses the role of emotions on decision making and situational awareness.

Length: 16 minutes

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Episode 4

This episode discusses the importance of the 360-degree size up role in the formation of situational awareness

Length: 18 minutes

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Episode 3

This episode discusses how clues and cues are used in the formation of situational awareness.

Length: 21 minutes

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Episode 2

This episode discusses complacency as a barrier to situational awareness.

Length: 24 minutes

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Episode 1

This episode offers a working definition for situational awareness explains how it is developed in the minds of first responders.

Length: 18 minutes

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