Neuroscience

These are the first responder situational awareness and decision making issues and opportunities related to neuroscience.

Five Fatalities and Lessons Learned from Chesterfield County– Flashback episode – Part 1 (318)

In the early morning hours of January 17, 2016, Chesterfield County Fire & EMS responded to a residential fire on Wicklow Lane that would result in fire civilian fire fatalities, including 2 children. This three-part interview chronicles the event, the situational awareness challenges and the lessons learned from the first-in captain and the first arriving …

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Situational Awareness Q & A Session – Part 2 (SAM 317)

Episode 315 focused on the process for developing and maintaining situational awareness. The program was very engaging and there were over 40 questions asked.  This episode is part 2 of a 2-part episode addresses the questions. During this Pandemic, I have heard the term situational awareness spoken more times than I can ever remember.  Media …

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Situational Awareness Q & A Session – Part 1 (SAM 316)

Episode 315 focused on the process for developing and maintaining situational awareness. The program was very engaging and there were over 40 questions asked.  This episode is part 1 of a 2-part episode addresses the questions. During this Pandemic, I have heard the term situational awareness spoken more times than I can ever remember.  Media …

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Situational Awareness 101 (315)

During this Pandemic, I have heard the term situational awareness spoken more times than I can ever remember.  Media pundits, medical experts, emergency managers – they’re all telling us it’s important to maintain situational awareness.  In one respect, this warms my heart because situational awareness has been my passion topic for more than 15 years.  …

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Three Kinds of Stress You Might Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Episode 314)

In this episode, we explore three types of stress you might experience resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic including: Acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress. Length: 26 minutes   Click the YouTube icon to watch the full video.   __________________________________________________ All of our live event topics are now available, virtually. CLICK HERE for details, enrollment …

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The Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System – Part 2 (Episode 306)

Today’s episode is Part 2 of my 2-part interview with John Russ, Program Director for the IAFC Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System. Length: 45 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 …

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The Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System – Part 1 (Episode 305)

Today’s episode is Part 1 of my 2-part interview with John Russ, Program Director for the IAFC Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System. Length: 48 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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What You Don’t See Can Save You

I dedicate a lot of time during my situational awareness programs ensuring that first responders understand how clues and cues serve as the foundation for developing and maintaining good situational awareness. We also spend considerable time making the connection of how strong situational awareness becomes the foundation for good decision making. For the most part, …

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The Normalization of Deviance

It’s an odd term… normalization of deviance. But the term and the premise behind the term provides a valuable explanation as to some of the behaviors we observe in the first responder world. Defining the terms Normalization: To make normal; to make an established standard. Deviance: Departing from the norm; performing in a non-standardized way. …

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Tired Brains (fatigue) 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 want to get caught in the middle of that debate but the question is a …

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