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Duty to Die Syndrome

I recently sent out a message across my social media networks (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) about bravado being a barrier to situational awareness. The message, in case you missed it, read: Bravado: The purposeful ignorance of critical signs of danger coupled with a sense of invincibility. A barrier to situational awareness.  First responders sometimes confuse …

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Episode 117 | Interview with Shawnee Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle – Part 2

  In this episode I sat down for an interview with Shawnee (KS) Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle to discuss a residential structure incident that resulted in the death of Firefighter John Glaser. Ryan discusses the details of this tragic incident and the lessons his department learned from it. This is the second part of …

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Episode 116 | Interview with Shawnee Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle – Part 1

In this episode I sat down for an interview with Shawnee (KS) Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle to discuss a residential structure incident that resulted in the death of Firefighter John Glaser. Ryan discusses the details of this tragic incident and the lessons his department learned from it. This episode is part 1 of a …

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Episode 92 | Five situational awareness lessons from a LODD report

       On June 2, 2011, the San Francisco Fire Department suffered the tragic loss of 2 firefighters at 133 Berkeley Way. The episode shares some valuable situational awareness lessons from this tragic incident.   Length: 36 minutes Click the YouTube icon to listen     _____________________________________________________ If you are interested in taking your understanding …

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Episode 76 | Ontario Fire Service Critical Incident Initiative

  In today’s episode I interview Brent Thomas, Stephen MacInnis and Richard Craibbe. As members of the Ontario Fire Training Officers Association they are leading an initiative to improve access to information about critical fire incidents in the Province. Length: 75 minutes click the YouTube icon to listen     _____________________________________________________ If you are interested in …

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Episode 44: Interview with Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette – Part 2

On July 28, 2011, the Asheville Fire Department was forever changed by the tragic LODD of Captain Jeff Bowen. During this interview, Fire Chief Scott Burnette talks about that fateful day and how the Asheville Fire Department has changed the way they operate. This is part 2 of a 2-part interview. Part 1 is episode …

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Episode 43: Interview with Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette – Part 1

On July 28, 2011, the Asheville Fire Department was forever changed by the tragic LODD of Captain Jeff Bowen. During this interview, Fire Chief Scott Burnette talks about that fateful day and how the Asheville Fire Department has changed the way they operate. This is part 1 of a 2-part interview. Length: 47 minutes   …

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Episode 36 – PART 2 Interview with Close Call Survivor Lionel Crowther

This episode is PART 2 of a two-part interview with Winnipeg Firefighter Lionel Crowther. Listen in as Firefighter Crowther recounts his close call survivor story about an incident where he sustained 2nd and 3rd-degree burns and two of his comrades lost their lives while fighting a dwelling fire.   Length: 65 minutes Click the YouTube icon …

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Episode 35 – PART 1 Interview with Close Call Survivor Lionel Crowther

This episode is PART 1 of a two-part interview with Winnipeg Firefighter Lionel Crowther. Listen in as Firefighter Crowther recounts his close call survivor story about an incident where he sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns and two of his comrades lost their lives while fighting a dwelling fire.   Length: 65 minutes click the …

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Seeing the bad things coming in time to change the outcome

The mission of Situational Awareness Matters! is “Helping responders see the bad things coming… in time to change the outcome.”  That is often easier said than done. In fact, the lessons that sharpen our situational awareness often comes after the fact. It is very easy to see the bad things that were coming when we …

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