By Richard Gasaway
Understanding how you make decisions and how to develop and maintain your situation awareness are keys to your success as an incident commander.
- List and discuss the steps of the Traditional Decision-Making Process and explain why this process is not feasible at emergency incidents.
- Understand and explain the Recognition-Primed Decision-Making Process and explain how incident commanders use this process.
- Identify and explain the three levels of situation awareness and give examples of the actions the incident commanders perform at each level.
- Explain the role of expertise in making decisions under stress and identify ways to accelerate a commander’s experience.
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