INSIGHT First Responder Skills and Mindset

INSIGHT First Responder
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INSIGHT First Responder Skills and Mindset


Developed in consultation with industry leaders INSIGHT First Responder has been calibrated to objectively measure the mindset attributes and critical thinking skills that motivate and enable emergency personnel to effectively and safely carry out their duties.

Today first responders, public safety, and security personnel often are challenged to aid, serve, rescue, or protect in unpredictably difficult, complex, and high risk situations. When safety and security are the goal, critical thinking skills and clear mindsets are non-negotiable.

A strong critical thinking skill set enables them to make good decisions in situations of risk and uncertainty as well as in situations requiring logical precision. However, to be effective, these individuals must also be mentally ready to respond to emergency situations.

INSIGHT First Responder is a two-part test that measures the skills and the mental disciplines required to make quick and effective decisions about what to do in emergency situations.

Reasoning Skills Assessed

First responders must have the critical thinking skills to analyze problems, identify and evaluate options, and explain choices based on solid reasons and evidence.

In addition to providing a measurement of Overall Reasoning Skills, INSIGHT First Responder measures the ability to:

  • Analyze Situations
  • Determine Impacts
  • Project Outcomes
  • Evaluate Options
  • Explain Reasons

Mindset Attributes Assessed

Emergency response professionals like firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians must be prepared to perform effectively at all times.

INSIGHT First Responder assesses the professional mindset of successful emergency responders. Scores are reported for:

  • Calm Under Pressure
  • Agentic
  • Inventive
  • Foresightful
  • Organized
  • Team-Oriented
  • Unbiased
  • Courageous

Data Reporting

Objective, reliable metrics are invaluable in making your operation successful. Individual and group data are used in candidate selection, onboarding, training, program evaluation as well as talent identification and development.

INSIGHT First Responders reports provide comprehensive metrics on the strengths and weaknesses of 15 key aspects of problem-solving.   Numerical scores and recommended performance assessments reflect the extent to which the person being assessed manifested a given skill or attribute. Printable individual reports document specific strengths and areas for growth.

Group reports display aggregated statistics and bar-charts for each INSIGHT metric.

User Manuals provide comprehensive information how to optimally interpret INSIGHT results reports

Validity and Reliability

Our assessments are built on the growing science of the measurement of human decision-making.  Each instrument has been psychometrically evaluated in collaboration with researchers, educators, trainers and working professionals, to assure cultural and language competence in the intended test taker group.

Test Administration

Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 with our multilingual delivery options.   Our online system provides the option of taking our assessments on virtually any device.

Insight Assessment manages logins/passwords, assignments; all you need to do is tell us when and how many individuals you will be testing or training. Tech support is available 24/7.

The online test-taker interface is easy to use, data encrypted and flexible. Tests can be assigned to be taken within any window of time which meets the client’s needs. Each test is scored as soon as the test taker submits responses to the items on the test.

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Successful teams are built on professionals who have the essential thinking mindset and strong critical thinking skills to apply their specialized training in a professional, disciplined and objective manner.

Call us today to discuss how the INSIGHT First Responders assessment can be integrated into your systems to identify and train safety service professionals.

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