Situational awareness course comes to Loveland, Colo.

Midwest Fire Equipment and Repair recently brought a situational awareness course to the Loveland Fire and Rescue Authority based in Colorado.
The two-day training course took place in Loveland, Colorado, with approximately 70 individuals in attendance including some from neighboring fire departments.

Rich Gasaway led the course, which focused on firefighting safety, common mistakes and situational awareness, which he states can mean everything when it comes to first response in a safe manner.

Gasaway has served in fire, paramedic and leadership positions with several emergency medical services in multiple states beginning in 1979. Following his service with fire fighting and first response, he founded the Situational Awareness Matters program and he gives lectures on the topic.

"It has been an incredible honor to partner with Midwest Fire as the sponsor for this Situational Awareness Matters program," Gasaway said. "The event was very well attended and the students were very engaged."

The fire authority was chosen at random to receive the training as part of a contest at the 2014 Fire Department Instructor Conference. Additional training opportunities will be offered this year. 

“Rather than sponsoring a single fire department for a class, this year we will do a couple different mini projects together," Midwest Fire CEO Sarah Attchinson said. "Firefighter safety goes hand in hand with saving lives, and we are proud and honored to partner with Dr. Gasaway on spreading his situational awareness message.”

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