Assessing today’s emergency event response
Under strong emotional inputs, human reasoning experiences a shift from rational thinking to emotional, thin-slice processing. When this occurs, the likelihood of poor decision-making and a violent result increases significantly. Although trained for these situations, first responders such as law enforcement officers, paramedics, EMT’s and firefighters incur an accelerated breakdown in rational situational assessment when weapons and danger are involved.
In the absence of precise monitoring and clear command and control communication channels, the situational judgment of an emergency event is often in the hands of a single emotionally charged individual.
We see this time and time again as the root cause of these first responder tragedies in the USA. Fear has a quantifiable affect on the human body and impairs an individual’s ability to make well-informed choices.
Public safety needs to be changed, and there is no better time than now to address these problems.