Line of Duty Death

These are the first responder situational awareness and decision making issues and opportunities related to line of duty death investigations.

Interview with Captain Alex Charoni on Near-miss reporting evaluations (Episode 280)

  In this episode, South King County Fire & Rescue Captain Alex Charoni discusses his passion for determining the root cause of near-miss events and the approach his department is taking to improve firefighter safety. Length: 72 minutes Click the YouTube icon to watch the full VIDEO     __________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking …

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Assumed Risk V. Created Risk (Episode 252)

This episode is an interview with Dr. Burt Clark, discussing the notion of first responders who assume risk versus first responders who create risk. The discussion addresses a number of safety topics important to first responders. Length: 76 minutes   Click the YouTube icon to watch the full VIDEO     __________________________________________________ If you are …

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Top Ten Near-Miss Interviews (SAM 248)

In this episode, I recap the events surrounding our most downloaded near-miss interviews in the history of the show. Length: 33 minutes     Click the YouTube icon to watch the full VIDEO     __________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking your understanding of situational awareness and high-risk decision making to a higher level, check …

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Twelve Ways to Improve Situational Awareness (SAM 244)

In this episode, a special guest presents twelve ways to improve situational awareness while working in high-risk, high consequence environments. Length: 25 minutes Click the YouTube icon to watch the full VIDEO         __________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking your understanding of situational awareness and high-risk decision making to a higher level, …

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7 ways to accelerate learning (Episode 243)

This episode explores 7 ways to accelerate your knowledge acquisition through purposeful development of cognitive scripts. Length: 28 minutes Click the YouTube icon to watch the full VIDEO         __________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking your understanding of situational awareness and high-risk decision making to a higher level, check out the Situational …

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Episode 221 | Doug Abernathy Interview – Part 1

This episode revisits Part 1 of an interview with Indianapolis Health & Safety Chief Doug Abernathy discussing his near-miss at the Athletic Club Hotel fire on February 5, 1992  Length: 54 minutes Click the YouTube icon to watch the full VIDEO         __________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking your understanding of situational …

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Giving L.I.P. to R.I.T.

  I would like to share the results of a series of informal polls I have been conducting over the past several years. I have been conducting these surveys during my Firefighter Safety: Mistakes & Best Practices programs. Roughly 4,000 first responders have participated. There is nothing scientific about this survey or the results. It …

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Episode 203 | Normalization of Deviance

When we are operating under conditions of stress and consequence, coupled with changing conditions and time compression, we can feel a sense of urgency and this can cause us to want to take a shortcut from safety best practices.  Length: 29 minutes       click the YouTube icon to listen       __________________________________________________ …

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Episode 173 | Bravado

This episode explores the challenges of how bravado can impact situational awareness. Length: 26 minutes click the YouTube icon to listen         _____________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking your understanding of situational awareness and high-risk decision making to a higher level, check out the Situational Awareness Matters Online Academy. CLICK HERE for details, …

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Aggressive versus conservative

There is an ongoing debate in the fire service. Unless you are unplugged from social media and online journals, you’re surely aware of it. On one end of the argument are those who believe the fire service is tactically too aggressive and purport this may be contributing to casualties. On the other side of the …

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