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WMAFC Company Officer Training Day

  • 09/23/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Boulder Creek Golf Club


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The Western Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs


Flawed Situational Awareness:
The Stealth Killer of First Responders

with Dr. Richard Gasaway, PhD, CSP, EFO, CFO

Friday, September 23, 2022
9:00AM - 4:00PM

$45 Per Person

Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Boulder Creek Golf Course
5750 Brewer Ave NE
Belmont, MI 49306

Flawed Situational Awareness:
The Stealth Killer of First Responders

This program shares the powerful findings of Dr. Gasaway’s extensive research on issues related to first responder decision making and flawed situational awareness. In his review of hundreds of near-miss reports, case studies, line-of-duty death reports and videos he continually found himself being frustrated because there were so many clues, indicators and signs that the incident was going to end in disaster.

Yet, for some reason, personnel operating at the incident scene – from company officers to incident commanders – could not see it coming. Or if they did see it coming, they did nothing to alter their course.

In his research to understand why first responders were (seemingly) blind and deaf to what was happening right in front of them, Dr. Gasaway uncovered and investigated over one hundred barriers that can destroy situational awareness and flaw high-risk decision making.

This program focuses on some of the most pervasive situational awareness barriers first responders will face while operating in stress-filled, dynamically-changing environments.

Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, CSP, EFO, CFO is widely considered a trusted authority on human factors, situational awareness and the high-risk decision making processes used in high-stress, high consequence work environments.

He served 33 years on the front lines as a firefighter, EMT- Paramedic, company officer, training officer, fire chief and emergency incident commander. His doctoral research included the study of cognitive neuroscience to understand how human factors flaw situational awareness and impact high-risk decision making.

As the President of Situational Awareness Matters, Dr. Gasaway leads a team of expert instructors and thought leaders to train and consult worldwide. Together, the team has authored and co-authored 9 books and their training programs have been delivered to more than 90,000 students worldwide.

More than 500 public safety agencies have relied on the team at Situational Awareness Matters to help improve their emergency scene safety and high-risk decision making, including the New York City Fire Department’s Incident Management Team and first responders from England, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Assisting members  in their efforts to promote effective fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical services, and other emergency services through educational, technical, and legislative means.

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