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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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On-Line Academy

Promotional video created for  Situational Awareness Matters. (Click on the crest to watch the video) CLICK HERE for more information about Academy content and how to sign up.

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SAFER Book Testimonial

Thank you to Chris Peak for sharing the following review of Situational Awareness for Emergency Response book. Dear Dr. (Chief) Gasaway, I am not an expert in book reviews or any “science”. That is something I think should be mentioned. … 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 3

This series is focused on the seemingly insane things that first responders do while operating in high-stress, high consequence environments. Oftentimes, those trying to make sense of these behaviors are quick to judge the participants, saying things like: “How could … Continue reading

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Explanations for Situational Awareness Insanity – Part 2

In this segment, we continue our discussion about the seemingly insane things that firefighters do at structure fires. I use the word insane not because the firefighters suffer from a mental affliction. Rather, I use the word insane because we … 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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