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Expectations and situational awareness

The ability to develop and maintain situational awareness is a far more complex process than most people realize. I’ve had many responders say to me that as long as they are “paying attention” or “keeping their head on a swivel” … Continue reading

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Episode 18: Situational Awareness Lessons Learned in Two Minutes

  Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! (Click the icon below or search SAMatters Radio)       __________________________________________________________________ Episode 18: Situational Awareness Lessons Learned in Two Minutes. This close call survival story is an interviews Aurora Fire Lieutenant Sean … Continue reading

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Pre Arrival Lens and Situational Awareness

The pre-arrival lens is a neurological phenomenon that can both help and hinder situational awareness. The “lens” is your mental view of the incident you are responding to, developed prior to your arrival and based on the triangulation of three … 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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The irrational obsession with loss

There is a growing body of research revealing that many human’s have an irrational obsession with loss. Or, perhaps more accurately, an irrational obsession with AVOIDING loss. This phenomenon is something I have seen played out in my evaluation of … Continue reading

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Confabulation: It sounds better than lying

Confabulation may sound better than lying, but it’s no less dangerous. One of the most amazing demonstrations I do during my situational awareness programs is to show how a person, when placed under stress, will lie. Only in science, we … Continue reading

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Tired Brains and Situational Awareness

I get asked often about the role of fatigue in situational awareness. Sometimes the question is based on general curiosity. Sometimes the inquiry is a result of someone seeking support for (or against) an extended work schedule. I sure don’t … Continue reading

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Situational Awareness in Hoarder Homes

Firefighter-Paramedic Ryan Pennington with the Charleston (WV) Fire Department has been conducting extensive research on the epidemic problem of emergencies in hoarder homes. Emergencies including everything from fires to EMS calls to animal hoarding issues – the whole gamut. Ryan … Continue reading

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Situational Awareness Tour Stop at FDIC

Thanks to everyone who got connected with me at the 2014 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis last week. The conference and all the programs were amazing (as always). I am grateful to Bobby Halton, Diane Rothschild, Cindy Huse, Tommy … Continue reading

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Resilient Problem Solvers

Perhaps you’re going to think I’ve been out in the South Carolina sun too long when you read this proclamation: I want you to make more mistakes! What? It’s true, I do. But before you stop reading this article out … Continue reading

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