It is critically important that when we see a video like this that we do not judge those operating at the scene under stress.
Rather, it is important that we seek to understand why things like this happen. The explanations are not as simple as lack of training, lack of experience, poor policies, or incompetence.
Brain science offers some amazing insight as to why things like this happen and what we can do to prevent things like this from happening in our own departments. Do not judge. Be a student.
As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Gasaway has combined 30 years of public safety service with doctoral research to improve our understanding of situational awareness and decision making under stress. With more than 200 journal articles, books and book chapters published and having delivered over 2,500 conference programs on safety and leadership topics throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, Dr. Gasaway is considered to be one of the nation's leading authorities on situational awareness and decision making for emergency response personnel.
Fire Chief Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, EFO, CFO
Chief Scientist, Public Safety Laboratory
Founder, Situational Awareness Matters!