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 Associaiton of British Columbia
* Center for Public Safety Excellence Conference
* FDIC Atlantic
* Firehouse World Conference
* Fire Department Instructors Conference
* Maryland Fire-Rescue Institute
* Ventura County Fire Academy
* Los Angeles City Fire Fire Department
* Comox Valley Fire Chiefs Association
* Firehouse Expo
* Fire-Rescue International
* University of North Carolina

And many, many more!

The Goal

The goal is simple: To reduce first responder casualties by improving your situational awareness and decision making in high-stress, high-consequence environments.

For decades researchers have been working to improve the decision making of NASA astronauts, airline pilots, medical providers, and military personnel. Unfortunately, their lessons have not been shared with the public safety community.

Public Safety as, for the most part, been left Out of the Loop. The goal is to get public safety responders In to the Loop by sharing lessons that can save your life. If you want a flavor of the topics covered, just sniff around the website for a bit and read some of the articles. If you want specific outline, let us know and we’d be happy to provide them for you too.

The Strategy

To make it as easy as possible to get the information you need to improve your safety. Information multiple ways, in multiple formats to make it as convenient and affordable as possible.

The Options

A Dozen Ways You Can “Get in the Loop”

1. On-Line: Read the articles posted on the SAMatters website. They will focus on topics specific to improving first responder situational awareness and decision making. Subscribe to the newsletters and get updates and additional information sent monthly.

2. Live: Host a classroom-based program for your department; regional, county and state association; academy, university or technical college; national or international conference. There are some very affordable options including fundraising plans where your department or association can host a program and earn money.

3. Books & Videos: Use the educational materials specifically designed to improve situational awareness and decision making – available in the SAMatters store.

4. Consulting: Conduct a pre-incident evaluation of your department and learn how you how to improve the safety of your responders BEFORE you have a casualty incident.

Alternatively (and far less enjoyable), conduct an evaluation after you’ve experienced a significant near-miss or casualty event to conduct a facilitated debrief to help your organization glean lessons related to human factors and performance under stress. Debriefs are not investigations and provide results very different than OSHA and NIOSH investigations.

5. Joint Ventures: Watch for announcement of educational programs where other experts from fire, police, EMS, medicine, aviation, military, business and neuroscience deliver content on topics to improve first responder safety.

6. Audio Programs: Listen to educational programs on topics that will improve your situational awareness and decision making – available in the SAMatters store.

7. Webinars: Watch on-demand webinars, many of which were recorded live at conferences throughout the world. Could not attend a national conference. This is the next best thing. All the educational materials are available at a fraction of the cost it would have been to attend the conference – available in the SAMatters store.

8. Podcasting: Listen to the Situational Awareness Matters podcast show. The show features short presentations on topics related to situational awareness and decision making – available on iTunes (SAMatters Radio).

9. YouTube: Watch short video presentations uploaded on topics related to situational awareness and decision making – available on YouTube (SAMattersTV).

10. Social Media: Get connected on social media and enjoy the content posted on the SAMatters Facebook Fan Page, SAMatters Twitter feed, RichGasaway Twitter feed, and LinkedIn (Rich Gasaway).

11. Coaching: Participate in a live coaching call session to discuss safety topics and then participate in open phone lines to ask your questions and get tangible solutions to safety challenges you may be facing. Announcements for coaching sessions will be posted on SAMatters.

12. Mastermind Group: Join my Situational Awareness Mastermind community of forward-thinking, solution-oriented leaders. Announcements for how to join the mastermind group will be posted on SAMatters.

The Outcomes

The mission is to help you see bad things coming in time to change the outcome. The goals include:

1. Deliver a minimum of 100 live programs to 15,000 first responders worldwide (a minimum of three countries and two continents).

2. Write a minimum of 200 articles on with solutions and advice that improved first responder safety.

3. Publish 1 new book annually to help first responders improve situational awareness and decision making.

4. Conduct three pre-incident fire department evaluations to improve operational safety, teamwork, communications, confidence and morale.

5. Conduct two facilitated debriefs following catastrophic events and help those departments in the process of healing.

6. Partner with two other public safety professionals to create two new national-level safety programs.

7. Create ten audio programs that individuals and departments can use to improve safety.

8. Record ten webinars on topics individuals and departments can use to improve safety.

9. Create and post a weekly podcast radio show on topics related to first responder safety.

10. Create twenty YouTube videos to help improve first responder safety.

11. Post 1,000 Twitter messages related to situational awareness and decision making and cross feed those messages to LinkedIn and Facebook.

12. Attract 5,000 visitors to subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

Please… let us know how we can help you improve the safety of your employees/members.