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A mayday is the critical moment where the incident can go one of two ways – rescue or tragedy.
Key to avoiding tragic outcomes is mayday training, particularly for newer members with less muscle memory aligned with real-world fireground emergencies. But even seasoned firefighters can find themselves paralyzed with panic, unsure how to proceed.
This special edition covers key components of mayday events:
- Battalion Chief Steve Conn writes, “‘Mayday! I’m trapped in the basement’: Lessons from my personal mayday experience”;
- Senior Captain Chris DelBello offers, “RIT training: Focus on simplicity and speed over complexity and gadgets”;
- Battalion Chief Vince Bettinazzi shares, “Learn to command a mayday event”; and
- Robert Avsec details, “The portable radio: A firefighter’s other mayday lifeline.”
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How will these resources help you?
- Firefighters, you’ll want to read the real-life experience from a fellow firefighter who found himself in a basement, panicked and relying on instinct to exit the situation.
- Company officers, surviving a mayday starts with training – and that starts with you. Follow a step-by-step approach to RIT and mayday training to ensure your members develop the muscle memory to navigate one of these challenging events.
- Chief officers, running command at a mayday event is extremely stressful – and emotional. Learn how to stay focused amid the noise and how to train your company officers to do the same.
Join the 2,400-plus fire service professionals who have already downloaded the Mayday Survival Guide.