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The mission of the Situational Awareness Matters! Radio Show is to help you see the bad things coming... in time to avoid bad outcomes by improving your understanding of human factors, situational awareness and decision making under stress. Listen and learn from hundreds of incredible interviews with first responders who survived near-miss events.

SAMatters Radio Dr. Richard B. Gasaway

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 46 Ratings

The mission of the Situational Awareness Matters! Radio Show is to help you see the bad things coming... in time to avoid bad outcomes by improving your understanding of human factors, situational awareness and decision making under stress. Listen and learn from hundreds of incredible interviews with first responders who survived near-miss events.

    Complacency: A Lesson Worth Sharing – The Eric Wappel Story - 390

    Complacency: A Lesson Worth Sharing – The Eric Wappel Story - 390

    Captain Eric Wappel shares a tale of complacency and how he faced it head-on with his department.

    • 41 min
    The Violence Project: How to stop a mass shooting epidemic.

    The Violence Project: How to stop a mass shooting epidemic.

    This episode is an interview is with Dr. James Densley, discussing his book: The Violence Project: How to stop a mass shooting epidemic.
    Dr. James Densley is Professor and Department Chair of Criminal Justice at Metro State University, part of the Minnesota State system. He is also co-founder of The Violence Project Research Center, best known for its mass shooter database.
    Dr. Densley is the author or co-author of seven books, including the acclaimed, The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic, 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading scientific journals, and over 90 book chapters, essays, and other works in outlets such as CNN, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Sirencide: The Impact of Acute Stress in Emergency Vehicle Crashes - 388

    Sirencide: The Impact of Acute Stress in Emergency Vehicle Crashes - 388

    Emergency services provide an invaluable service to communities and cities around the world. Research has shown these professionals encounter significant acute psychological stress throughout their work shifts. Acute stress has been shown to impact human performance in various realms, from increased risk-taking to cognitive decline. While the actual work varies between firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical services, a shared commonality is the operation of emergency vehicles. Emergency vehicle crashes are recognized as a serious issue by FEMA. The current work aimed to measure the impact of acute stress on emergency responders as measured by fatal emergency vehicle crashes in the United States using a new variable: the type of call to which they were responding.
     
    Utilizing data maintained by the United States Fire Administration, the study reviewed fatality data of firefighters who died in the line of duty from 2000 to 2019. Deaths from vehicle crashes while responding to emergency incidents were coded using details from the fatality narratives. Crashes that led to multiple firefighter fatalities were coded as a single case, yielding 144 cases. These were then weighted using nationwide response statistics to create an exposure variable for each type of incident. The exposure was calculated based on the estimated number of responses to each incident type, as well as the typical number of vehicles that respond to each type of incident.
     
    The results showed a considerably higher ratio of cases occurring while responding to fires compared to all other types of emergencies. Firefighters encounter over nine times the likelihood of being involved in a fatal crash while responding to a fire. Specifically, structure-fire responses were determined to pose the highest risk of encountering a fatal crash during response. When compared to emergency medical incidents, which are the most common type of calls to which fire departments answer, structure-fire responses posed nearly 20 times the risk of a fatal crash occurring.


    These results indicate that attempts to reduce motor vehicle crashes among emergency services should focus on human factors, specifically creating and implementing tools to reduce the acute stress and urgency produced by responses to certain incident types.
     
     
     
    About the Host


    Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, CSP 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.
     
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    The SAMatters Show is the longest running, fastest growing, safety focused weekly program on the Internet. If you know a company that might be interested in advertising their product or service to our listeners and viewers, ask them to contact us at SAMatters.com.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Trooper Down on the Roadway. The Bob Bemis Story (SAM 387)

    Trooper Down on the Roadway. The Bob Bemis Story (SAM 387)

    This interview is with Bob Bemis, a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper who was struck and severely injured while attending to a vehicle fire on I-81 in eastern Pennsylvania.

    • 56 min
    Hit on the roadway. The Magnum Bower Story (SAM 386)

    Hit on the roadway. The Magnum Bower Story (SAM 386)

    This interview is with Magnum Bower, a heavy duty tow truck operator who survived being struck on a roadway incident, resulting in him becoming a quadriplegic.  

    • 53 min
    First-in engine under gunfire: The Chris Paskett Interview – Part 1 (SAM 384)

    First-in engine under gunfire: The Chris Paskett Interview – Part 1 (SAM 384)

    Eugene-Springfield crews were dispatched to a report of a residential fire with multiple callers confirming a residential dwelling fire.  As the officer on the first-in engine was conducting his primary size-up from the front seat of the engine, a gunman opened fire on the engine, striking it several times.  Firefighters were already advancing lines on the fire.  They were also shot.  This story is told from the perspective of the first-responding battalion chief.
     
     
     
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    • 40 min

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SAMatters Radio

Evidence based best practice for incident safety for first responders.

Practical application delivered in a no nonsense manner making it easy to understand and implement.

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One very informative podcast!

I originally found the SAMatters Podcast through firerescue1.com where they had the top 10 best podcasts for firefighters. Dr. Rich Gasaway equips firefighters with great information and tips, has firefighters share their near-miss stories, and a lot more! You better not miss an episode of SAMatters Radio! Jared - The Fire-Rescue Show

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Thank you

Thank you so much to everyone who listens to my show and for taking time to rate the show or write a review. I really appreciate your support of my mission to improve safety. I love that I have been able to share so many awesome interviews and lessons learned over these past 225 episodes. Since 2014 I've never missed posting a single Tuesday episode... and I never will!

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