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Situational Awareness



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In the field, situational awareness is your single most important personal security skill set. Your ability to recognize and assess threats and hazards is a critical element of jobsite security. However, improving your awareness skills depends entirely on you. Though some are better at utilizing awareness than others, the good news is that situational awareness is more learnable skill than natural talent. Still, developing your awareness skills does require effort and training. But a little effort supplemented by good training will produce an immediate improvement in your ability to remain aware of your surroundings and to assess potential threats.

This webinar training session introduces the skills and approaches needed for effective  situational awareness.


  1. The role of situational awareness for utility workers 
  2. Understanding the differences between worksite safety and security 
  3. Why situational awareness in the field is different from other situations
  4. The five levels of awareness 
  5. The conflict between work focus and awareness 
  6. How to quickly identify and assess potential threats 
  7. How to establish and maintain awareness 

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Understand the need for active situational awareness


Identify obstacles and issues that impact awareness


Learn practical approaches to real-time situational awareness and assessment

Earn 2 CUSP points for attending the full course


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James Willis, MSc, CMAS, CHS1

Jim Willis is a credentialed security expert and anti-terrorism specialist. He is an experienced electrical engineer and international development professional that has worked in more than 37 developing countries, including conflict and post-conflict areas of Cambodia, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. He spent six years in Afghanistan as a Theater Operations Director leading security operations, training, and reconstruction efforts. Jim’s security expertise is founded on the ground combat-zone experience supplemented with training from the US Defense Security Service, the United Nations Dept. of Safety & Security, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Jim’s utility expertise started after a tour of duty with the Navy during the waning days of the Vietnam War, Jim began a life-long utility-focused career that has taken him from lineman to graduate electrical engineer and to utility manager. He has held a myriad of positions in distribution and transmission electric power systems.

Using his in-depth knowledge of electric power systems and utilities, combined with his expertise in security Jim developed “ASSIST”©, a proprietary active shooter and violence prevention training series.

Jim’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in International Development and Security.

Jim is an active member of –

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Society for International Development (SID-Washington)
  • International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA)
  • International Association Counterterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP)
  • National Utility Training and Safety Education Association (NUTSEA)

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The views, information, or opinions expressed during this webinar are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Utility Business Media and its employees. It is strongly recommended you discuss any actions or policy changes with your company management prior to implementation.