Jumpseat Radio 032: Jumpseat Situational Awareness with Rich Gasaway



In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes his mentor of over 20 years, Dr. Rich Gasaway.  Rich is THE go to authority on (SA) Situational Awareness.  His resume includes numerous articles, lectures, and programs presented around the world. In this interview  Rich shares how he became interested in and finished years of research in decision making under stressful conditions. 


Topics Covered,

Rich’s introduction into SA

Individual SA

Team Sa 

Tips for Developing Jumpseat SA

Mentoring in the Fire Service

Concept or Pay it Forward! 



Listen in to this interactive podcast through to the end and discover how to apply for a scholarship sponsored by Dr. Gasaway to VCOS 2015!  










RICHARD B. GASAWAY, Ph.D., served 30 years in public safety, including 22 years as a chief fire officer, before retiring in 2009. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and a doctor of philosophy degrees in finance, economics, business administration and leadership and is the principal consultant at the Gasaway Consulting Group. Dr. Gasaway is the host of the Leader’s Toolbox podcast radio show on Firehouse.com and runs the Situational Awareness Matters! website www.SAMatters.com.



Twitter @RichGasaway

Facebook   facebook.com/SAmatters

Website  SAMatters.com 


Podcast  SAMatters Radio 

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_032_Check_up_with_Dr._Rich_Gasaway.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 031: Ironman Fireman Rob



In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Fireman Rob Verhelst. Rob has been motivating and inspiring thousands of people around the world by competing in triathlons in FULL TURNOUT GEAR.  His signature distance is a full ironman, 140.6 miles in less than 17 hours!  His story is inspiring as he gives back to the fire service and many other charities. 

In this episode Ryan and Rob talk about:


Robs history of service

Racing triathlons in Full turnout gear

His Kona experience

Motivating firefighters

How you can be an ironman


Fireman Rob


Madison, WI



 I consider myself a unique & passionate athlete who strives to motivate others to be part of something bigger than themselves. I started competing in triathlons in 2005 and in July of 2011, started the journey of Hope and Inspiration. I've completed 15 Ironman distance and 6 Half Ironman distance triathlons in full firefighter gear (weight 50 lbs).  

Although I certainly receive an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment, I participate in each event to help raise awareness and show people that they are #ABLE to do more than they think if they are willing to take the first step.



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_031__Ironman_FiremanRob.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 030: Talking Training with Nick Martin. 


In this weeks Jumpseat Radio podcast host Ryan Pennington sits down for a talk with Battalion Chief Nick Martin of the Columbia SC Fire Department. Nick is a instructor for the Traditions Training group and the training chief for Columbia. He is very active training firefighters all over north america.  

Included in this episode:


Nicks fire service background

Essential qualities of a firefighter ready to train

How a Chief officer gains the respect of the rank and file

Keys to an engaging training session

“Nicks secret sauce” to training firefighters 

Questions from JumpseatNation



You can find more from Nick at TraditionsTraining.com and FireEngineering.com


Nicholas Martin

Battalion Chief, Columbia Fire Department


Nick began his fire service career in 1994 as a volunteer in his hometown located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Since then he has served as a career/volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. He holds a bachelors degree in fire science from the University of Maryland and a masters degree in management from the Public Safety Executive Leadership program at the Johns Hopkins University.


Nick is presently a Battalion Chief with the Columbia Fire Department in the capitol city of South Carolina.  He served previously  with the District of Columbia Fire Department through the ranks of private, sergeant and lieutenant where he served on engine company, truck/tower companies, and as a battalion aide.  As a firefighter with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department  he earned  a Medal of Valor from Firehouse Magazine, as well as a Silver Medal for Valor from the Prince George’ County Fire Department. Nick is also an author for Fire Engineering magazine, Urban Firefighter magazine & is presents regularly at FDIC.




Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_030_Talking_Training_with_Nick_Martin_.mp3
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