Emergencies happen on a regular basis, and anyone who has worked a 9-1-1 call knows just how often emergencies happen to people. On an individual level of analysis, the simple act of paying attention to detail can have a tremendous impact on emergency management.
For law enforcement, answering a 9-1-1 call can also mean paying attention to the detail of a situation between individuals who called 9-1-1 and looking for inconsistencies in their stories. For emergency medical services, paying attention to the detail of a 9-1-1 call can help an emergency medical technician decipher a medical emergency: whether the patient is suffering from a diabetic emergency or whether they are just simply intoxicated. For Search and Rescue, any clues in the woods can provide helpful information for a missing person they’re searching for.
Earlier this year, the Mail Tribune published an article about how search and rescue is working to train volunteers on this important skill.
Ultimately, emergencies require careful attention to detail as it can have a huge impact on the management of the situation - these are important pieces of effective emergency management. At the macro level of analysis, paying attention to the details of a large-scale emergency is imperative for how it can be the difference between effectively managing an emergency and potentially missing something that may have helped the situation.
For those who have worked in some sort of emergency capacity, paying attention to detail is incredibly important. That said, paying attention to detail needs to be emphasized in training sessions for all areas of emergency management.
Teaching about the importance of watching resources, for example, could tremendously help in an emergency management situation as a new volunteer may not contemplate resources and the need to double check issues such as this. It can be difficult for new volunteers to pay close attention to details without having trained specifically for it.
Attention to Detail Isn’t Always Obvious
In Emergency Medical Services, it can be difficult at time to get new students to contemplate the need for paying attention to the details of a medical emergency. Unless a new student has been exposed to a serious, life threatening emergency, it can be difficult for a new EMT to recognize a medical emergency. Thus, training new EMTs to pay attention to the details of emergencies can have tremendously positive consequences. Incidentally, the same is true for all levels of emergency management.
Ultimately, emergencies are critical times for first responders. They need to effectively manage the situation on a micro, and macro level of analysis. One key aspect of this is paying attention to detail, as it can have a tremendous impact.