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Three types of stress

In this article we discuss three types of stress: Acute stress, episodic acute stress and chronic stress. First responders can, and often do, experience all three. Stress can impact firefighter situational awareness and, equally concerning, stress can have devastating long-term … Continue reading

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Explanations for situational awareness insanity – Part 5

This is going to be, admittedly, an uncomfortable read for some. But, nonetheless it is a conversation we need to have. I need to discuss the “F” word. No, not THAT “F” word. The “F” word that is more dreaded … Continue reading

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Explanations for Situational Awareness Insanity – Part 4

  This article continues the series focusing on the seemingly insane things that some first responders do while operating in high-stress, high consequence environments. Oftentimes, the individuals trying to make sense of these behaviors are quick to judge those on … Continue reading

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Crawl, Walk, Run Theory of Skill Development

The inspiration for this article comes from Situational Awareness Matters member and Fire Chief, Todd Johnson, and the members of the Woodbury Fire Department. I was invited to observe a skills-based training evaluation that was more than a year in … Continue reading

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Ten explanations for unsafe actions and a bad outcome

I recently had a situational awareness conversation with a firefighter who shared the details of an incident that made him both proud and disappointed. His company officer decided to do an exterior attack at a residential dwelling fire because the … Continue reading

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How To Cancel The Mayday

I had an amazing conversation with a firefighter recently about situational awareness following a program and I just had to share it with you.   He asked how many of the 26 fire departments represented in the room had a … Continue reading

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The Rational Brain and Situational Awareness

Oftentimes during situational awareness programs participants will share stories of incidents they have responded to, or incidents they have read about, or videos of incidents they have watched where the incident ended in a significant near-miss or a casualy. This … Continue reading

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Two Key Ways to Improve Learning and Recall

Is there a role for humor while training first responders on critical, life-saving, skills? The flight attendant begins dolling out the obligatory, in fact, federally mandated, pre-flight safety instructions. If you’re a frequent flyer, your situational awareness is probably pretty … Continue reading

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Training For Failure Will Impact Decision Making and Situational Awareness

During a “Firefighter Safety Mistakes & Best Practices program last night , I was approached at the break by a training officer who shared with me how he was making the very mistakes I was talking about in class. It … Continue reading

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Situational Awareness Begins With Knowing Your Equipment

I received an email from a firefighter who was frustrated, disappointed and angry. He came to work for his shift and, as he always does, started his day by performing a safety check of his personal gear and his self-contained … Continue reading

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