The Downside of Experience

The Downside of Experience

Firefighting is a dangerous vocation. Nearly every aspect of the job contains some element of risk. Training and experience help us manage the risk and, …

Aggressive versus conservative

Aggressive versus conservative

There is an ongoing debate in the fire service. Unless you are unplugged from social media and online journals, you’re surely aware of it. On one end of the …

Fifteen Situational Awareness Barriers

Fifteen Situational Awareness Barriers

The mission of Situational Awareness Matters is to help you see the bad things coming… in time to change bad outcomes. SA is a complex neurological process …

Room for improvement

Room for improvement

I recently read an investigation report where a firefighter died and it made me sad. First, as we see so often in after action reviews, it appears as though …

The Art of Speaking Up

The Art of Speaking Up

Earlier this week I got a phone call from a captain in Colorado. He wanted to bounce a few ideas off me about training ideas I inspired during my recent …

Giving L.I.P. to R.I.T.

Giving L.I.P. to R.I.T.

  I would like to share the results of a series of informal polls I have been conducting over the past several years. I have been conducting these surveys …

First, do no harm

First, do no harm

    Primum non nocere is the Latin phrase that means “first, do no harm.” This is a commonly taught principle in healthcare. In fact, the …

Meta Awareness

Meta Awareness

  Developing and maintaining situational awareness at an emergency scene can be a very challenging task. Scenes are often stressful, complex, time …

What you don’t see can save you

What you don’t see can save you

I dedicate a lot of time during my situational awareness programs ensuring that first responders understand how clues and cues serve as the foundation for …

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