Next week is Safety Stand Down 2022, and fire departments are advised to focus on situational awareness training and education during the week of June 19-25.

Situational awareness is a critical component of emergency response operations. It is a process that helps firefighters solve problems, prevent bad outcomes, and make better decisions in high stress environments.

Consider these five focus areas to highlight situational awareness during different incident types: Structure Fires, EMS, Wildland Incidents, Roadway Response, and Acts of Violence.