Copying this from a writing (aka blog) challenge I did back in April. This is letter A in a series from A-Z:
AWARENESS – a vital part of size up for firefighters, police officers, paramedics (or any first responder) when it comes to approaching the scene of a call whether it’s an accident, fire, burglary, domestic, what have you.
Back in the days that I took my EMT course (Basic level) we were taught that the first question you must ask yourself is “Is the Scene Safe?” To know this you must be aware of what’s going on. Even after the scene is considered “safe” you must maintain awareness of the situation around you to ensure that it remains safe.
Of course apart of being a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic entails going into situations that are not considered (by the average citizen) to be safe…. But Being aware of the situation around you (Situational Awareness) and being ready for unexpected trouble you can drastically reduce the chances of a controllable situation from getting out of hand….
Remember Always Stay AWARE and StaySAFE!