Enhancing the OODA Loop

Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) The OODA loop stands for Observe -> Orient -> Decide -> Act. And as the term loop indicates, the process is continual. The OODA model was developed by John Boyd, a military strategist and applied to fighter jet operations. Boyd developed the OODA loop model while serving as a fighter pilot in the […]

“Get in the Loop” Tour

Situational Awareness Matters! “Get in the Loop” Tour ________________ Since launching in 2012, the “Get in the Loop” Tour has made over 400 stops worldwide, sharing powerful messages about improving situational awareness and decision making under stress. Stops have included: * Australia AFAC/CRC Bushfire Conference * British Fire College * Fire Asia * Fire Chiefs […]

How we decide

How you decide to do something is a complex process that involves multiple brain regions. Are decisions made with the rational brain or the intuitive brain? The answer, surprisingly, is both. Rational judgment allows you to process facts and data essential to good decision making. Intuition allows you to tap into past training and experiences […]

Mental Management of Emergencies

Mental Management of Emergencies Improving first responder situational awareness and decision making under stress Created and presented by: Dr. Richard B. Gasaway, EFO, CFO Fire Chief (ret.) Format: 3 DVDS Length: 4.5 hours $299.99   Program Description: When I joined the fire service in 1979 I was having a lot of fun learning how to be […]

Complex Communications

We have many traits that make us uniquely human. Among them is our ability to engage in complex communications. We can look at black ink squiggled on a piece of bleached paper and derive meaning from those symbols.  We call that skill reading comprehension. And we can listen to and comprehend the meaning of more […]

Another False Alarm: A Tale of Complacency

Complacency is a big deal for first responders because it impacts your situational awareness on multiple levels. I would like to give every responder the benefit of the doubt that if or when they have found him or herself being complacent that it wasn’t happening on purpose. In other words, I hope every responder desires […]

Exciting changes coming to SAMatters!

In case you missed the announcements made in the October newsletter, there are some exciting changes coming to the SAMatters community. This month (October 2014) marks the three-year anniversary since the launch of the SAMatters website and the popular “Get in the Loop” live tour events. And while we have enjoyed many wonderful accomplishments since […]


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Working Command and Situational Awareness

I seem to be getting asked a lot lately about what the first arriving company officer should do at a working structure fire. Specifically, the debate revolves around two basic premise. Should the first arriving company officer assume a fixed command position outside the structure and coordinate the activities of incoming units? Or, should the […]

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