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Mayday events can stop an incident in its tracks, as the team refocuses efforts on locating a downed, trapped or disoriented firefighter. Firefighters are encouraged to call a mayday whenever they feel they need help from fellow crewmembers and not wait until it is too late to be reached. The FireRescue1 Mayday resource page provides essential information on how to train for mayday events, video on how to prevent mayday events, details of the rapid-intervention team, plus news of mayday events and Rapid Response analysis of mayday incidents.

Gresham Firefighter Spencer Tejedas suffered 45% burns to his body after fire conditions quickly changed
Two Clearview Fire Department firefighters were trapped when the roof of a burning garage collapsed in Curwensville Borough
Firefighters faced hoarding conditions inside the burning Dorchester house, slowing the attack on the fire
As fire blocked his escape, Lieutenant Mark Russo moved toward the sound of the SCBA alarm to find the unresponsive firefighter
Videos show firefighters running to escape a collapsing wall during a fire in Pottsville
Firefighter Kevin Paulicelli was given hydroxocobalamin after he collapsed inside the burning house
A Cleveland firefighter was injured in a porch collapse during a house fire
Eight Spokane firefighters were inside when the roof of the US Bank building collapsed
Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson said none of the injuries were considered life-threatening
Focusing on command post location, VES tactics, high-rise incidents and mayday events
A Milwaukee firefighter suffered burns to nearly 25% of his body during rescues at a well-involved house fire
Your crewmembers are your lifeline to survival, so communicate as much as possible
An FDNY lieutenant was one of six people injured during the church fire in Brooklyn on Easter
Two occupants were also transported to the hospital as a result of the fire
Captain Ronnie Metcalf was treated by EMS for burns before being airlifted to a hospital
The Glynn County Rescue firefighters received second-degree burns on their shoulders, necks, ears, hands and arms
A mayday was transmitted after a collapse trapped Baltimore County firefighters
Two firefighters were trapped on the second floor of one of the buildings in the Chelsea blaze
EMS personnel performed CPR and were able to resuscitate the Kingston firefighter
Former Vancouver Captain Gregory Weber’s attorney stated “a firefighter’s life should only be put at risk for the life of another, not mere property”
Veteran FF injured in truck blast that hurt eight others was extubated
Several people were injured, rescued as fire tore through a house in Queens
Union President John Sibiga said the report shows the Baltimore County Fire Department “lacks sufficient fiscal, physical, and human resources to accomplish its core mission”
A mayday was transmitted when four Toledo firefighters were injured in an explosion
A Williamsport firefighter can be seen diving out a window with part of his PPE on fire
A Franklin firefighter was rescued from a floor collapse during a house fire
Ill. OSHA report highlights accountability, communication among several errors in the death of a relatively new firefighter
Baltimore County Fire Department cited for 11 “serious” violations in an investigation of a mayday during a three-alarm commercial structure fire