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Situational Awareness Matters Volume 1

Situational Awareness Matters!
Volume 1

Dr. Richard B. Gasaway, EFO, CFO
Fire Chief (ret.)

Print Book
267 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1-939571-08-3

Publisher: Gasaway Consulting Group, LLC


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Flawed situational awareness is a leading contributing factor to first responder near-miss and casualty events. Yet, sadly, most first responders know very little about situational awareness – what it is, how to develop it, what erodes it and how to regain it once it has been eroded.

This book – the first in a series – is a collection of articles from the highly acclaimed blog. Each contribution discusses the challenges first responders face while trying to develop and maintain situational awareness while making decisions in high-risk, high consequence, time compressed, rapidly changing environments, including:

  • Fatigue

  • Multitasking

  • Freelancing

  • Emotions

  • Discipline

  • Assertiveness

  • Risk versus reward

  • Being defensive

  • Memory

  • Expectations

  • SOPs

  • Meta awareness

  • Staffing levels

  • Accountability

  • Debriefings

  • And more…

How to use this Book

The chapters in this Book are dedicated to improving your situaitonal awareness. Many of the chapters feature discussion questions that can be used during classroom sessions, hands-on training evolutions or coffee table discussions. The greatest value will come when you share the knowledge you acquire from this book with others in the series.

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