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Episode 128 | Sleep inertia: An interview with Norfolk Fire Lieutenant Jarrod Sergi


sergiIn this episode, I interview Norfolk Fire Lieutenant Jarrod Sergi as he discusses how sleep inertia impacted his awareness and decision making skills at a late-night fire.


Length: 58 minutes
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Lieutenant Jarrod Sergi attended one of my situational awareness programs in Virginia earlier this year and during the program we discussed, among many other topics, the impact of sleep inertia on awareness and decision making.

A few months after the class Lieutenant Sergi and his crew were responding to a late-night residential dwelling fire and he experienced the impact of sleep inertia. This compelled him to contact me and to share his experience.

He agreed to come on to the podcast and to tell his story so that others might learn from the experience of his crew and how they were impacted.

Jerrod Sergi biography

Jarrod Sergi is a Lieutenant and a proud member of Norfolk Fire Rescue in Norfolk VA. He has served in one of the city’s busiest Engine Companies and has also served a tour in the Training Division as a Fire Academy Coordinator.  He currently is assigned to a Ladder Company in the city’s 1st Battalion. Jarrod has been a part of, and assisted in the development of several department wide training programs that included both Engine and Ladder company operations and Fire Dynamics

Jarrod also serves as an adjunct State Instructor for both the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the National Fire Academy focusing on MAYDAY and Strategy/Tactics. Prior to working for the City of Norfolk, Jarrod served 6 years in the United States Navy as a Damage Controlman (shipboard firefighter) and a Search and Rescue Swimmer. Jarrod is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, is a contributor to Fire Engineering Magazine and he is the founder of Trial by Fire.


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Intro music
Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

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Guest contact information:
Jarrod Sengi

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