Richard B. Gasaway

Richard B. Gasaway


Richard B. Gasaway worked as a first responder in three public safety organizations, including serving 22 years as a fire chief. After completing his distinguished 30-year career, Dr. Gasaway founded Situation Awareness Matters!, a consulting and teaching organization dedicated to improving how individuals, teams, and organizations develop situational awareness as a foundation for improving workplace and personal safety. His company website ( has been visited by more than four million people from 156 countries.

As a professional speaker and author, Dr. Gasaway has contributed to more than 400 books, book chapters, and journal articles on topics related to leadership, safety, situational awareness, and high consequence decision making. His best selling books, Situational Awareness Matters, Volumes 1, 2, & 3, Situational Awareness for Emergency Response, and Fireground Command Decision Making, serve as essential guides for helping individuals and teams develop and maintain situational awareness while making high-stress, high-consequence decisions.

Dr. Gasaway has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation – the highest honor awarded by the National Speakers Association. His high-energy, humor-filled presentations are chocked full of valuable, actionable takeaways – as proven by his 2,500+ program and keynote address invitations through the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Australia.

Dr. Gasaway is a big proponent of “paying it forward” and gives back by serving as the Chancellor for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) credentialing program, and as a peer evaluator for the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) credentialing program.

When he is not spreading the situational awareness message, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Carol, and his four children: Cameron (a Madison, WI firefighter), Jordan and Hanna (college students), and Micah (a high school student).

You can learn more about Dr. Gasaway and his mission by visiting his websites: and