RescueDigest Resources: Situational Awareness

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services.

Aware, Alert, Aggressive, Always: How To Do Your Job Effectively While Things Are Trying To Kill You

Failure to recognize unsafe situations. Failure to prevent unsafe actions. Failure to deliver effective operations. These are the results of poor situational awareness in emergency responders of all levels. This program uses real-life case studies and in-class exercises to train emergency responders in applying the six steps of situational awareness and action so that on the fireground and in the field they can be aware, alert, aggressive, always!

If you don't know what's gong on AND what it means, how can you do anything about it?

How you can use these resources: RescueDigest curates great research and resources during the development of our articles and educational programs. Since our mission is to “Help You Help Others” we present the best of these resources for you to explore, share and use in your own agency.

Please note that some of the links below, especially for the textbooks and research papers, may require paid access. Even if you do not already have direct access you should be able to gain the full information through most local and virtually all medical or research libraries. The U.S. National Fire Academy may also be helpful in obtaining these and additional resources.

Situational Awareness


The New England Center for Rescue & Emergency Medicine Resources:

Aware, Alert, Alive, Always: How to do your job effectively while things are trying to kill you.

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About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via