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The Command Post Podcast: What’s an ‘ignasecond’?; importance of mayday

Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie also talk about the fundamentals of emergency response

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In this week’s The Command Post podcast, hosts Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie discuss the recent outbreak of assaults and attacks on first responders.

“The ignasecond is that lapse from the time when the obvious trouble shows itself until the parties there recognize it as a threat,” Chief Wylie said. “If you don’t think it can happen, if you don’t go in with the mindset that trouble does exist, that ignasecond is the time it takes you to realize you’re in a bad situation. And that could be enough time to get you killed or seriously injured.”

A guest panel, including Kip Teitsort of DT4EMS, Matt Mullen of Worcester (Mass.) Fire, Chris Sanders of Ridgefield (Conn.) Fire, Dave Kascuk of New Britain (Conn.) EMS and David Rehder of West Redding (Conn.) Fire, provides tips on how to keep ourselves and our crews safer on the streets.

Lt. Duckworth and Chief Wylie also talk about the fundamentals of emergency response in their frontline tactical tips segment.

They also discuss the recent line of duty death report out of Bryan, Texas that highlighted the importance of saying the word “mayday” in their leadership lessons segment.

“Mayday is the alert word that is going to put everyone on notice,” Lt. Duckworth said. “The best thing we can do is to have the right practice and procedures to go in there and handle it in an organized manner.”

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Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Firefighter nearly left blind after bottle hurled at fire truck

Series of gunshots fired into Philly firehouse

Woman linked to NY firefighter deaths sent to prison

Escaping violent encounters: The assessment L

Escaping Violent Encounters: The Parry

Burning bus heads straight for fire truck

How mayday training saved 1 firefighter’s life

FIREGROUND Flash Tip: Commanding the mayday

Mayday-RIT Training: Lesson 1

Firefighters injured in deadly Texas fire return home

Bryan, Texas firefighter memorial

Report: Firefighters’ death investigation reveals lack of communication

The Command Post, a podcast series that features Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie, brings expert perspective to hot topics, frontline tactics and leadership lessons that firefighters and officers need to be safe and successful.