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by Peter Jaskulski

Levels of Awareness: Color Codes

By Peter Jaskulski

This presentation explains the importance of “awareness levels” for you and your crew when responding to incidents. These color codes give a visualization of awareness levels (good and bad) that we display when on duty that can either keep you safe or set you up for failure. Staying at the appropriate level of awareness throughout the call will keep both the patient and you and your crew safe.

Presented by:
Peter Jaskulski
Captain/Training Director — Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office
Assistant Fire Chief — Hales Corners Fire Department

Training Bullet Points:

  • 1. Condition White- Unaware
  • 2. Condition Yellow- Relaxed but alert
  • 3. Condition Orange- Ready to act
  • 4. Condition Red- The action state
  • 5. Condition Black- Blind panic

About the author

Captain Peter Jaskulski holds certifications as an instructor trainer for the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice in the areas of defensive and arrest tactics and principles of subject control. He also holds training certifications in the areas of firearms, Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and active counter measure for tactical teams. He is a member of the Hales Corners Fire Department where he holds the rank of assistant chief and EMT.

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