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Mobile Data Computers and Situational Awareness

I am seeing an increase in the use of mobile data computers as a tool used by incident commanders. Commanders are using computers to capture and manage information, aid in decision making and in some cases as a tool in … Continue reading

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19 Ways Communications Barriers Can Impact Situational Awareness

If you are a student of near-miss and casualty reports then you know, without a doubt, that flawed communications is a major contributing factor when things go wrong and flawed communications is often a factor when situational awareness is lost. … Continue reading

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Explanations for Situational Awareness Insanity – Part 1

Albert Einstein is credited with saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.” If you have spent time reading a large number of firefighter fatality reports, you might start to see the real-life … Continue reading

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Expect the Unexpected and Improve your Situational Awareness

The advice “expect the unexpected” can lead to a great deal of criticism. For example, if one can expect something to happen, then it is (technically) no longer unexpected… and so on. Setting all the hair-splitting aside, to expect the … Continue reading

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Distractions and Interruptions… What’s the Difference?

As I talk with first responders in classes about the impact of distractions and interruptions on situational awareness I find myself often being asked: What’s the difference? While there are distinctly different causes for distractions and interruptions, the outcome is … Continue reading

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Meta Awareness & Situational Awareness

Meta awareness means being consciously aware of your own awareness. I know that sounds redundant, so let me explain. One of the things responders need to understand is situational awareness is fragile. Situational awareness can be lost in ways that … Continue reading

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The overconfident incompetent

There are four levels of progression a person goes through in the development of competence. The pathway begins with a complete unawareness of how little a person knows and progresses to a complete unawareness of how much a person knows. … Continue reading

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Seven situational awareness thieves

Recently I had a video clip shared with me of a residential dwelling fire. The video captures a flashover event. It was reported to me that firefighters were operating inside the structure when it occurred. As I watched the video … Continue reading

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Twelve Ways to Situational Awareness

Ho, Ho, Ho. Merry Christmas everyone! I know everyone’s feeling particularly festive this time of year and I have caught the Christmas spirit in a very situational awareness sort of way. Surely you’ve heard of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” … Continue reading

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