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The checklist incorporates both the simple Who-What-Where for the person announcing the mayday and LUNAR for the IC

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Over the years, I’ve heard many incident commanders make the comment, “I don’t need a stinking chart to manage my fires. I need to concentrate on the fire.” But charts and checklists aren’t about an incident commander’s capabilities – or lack thereof.

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It is a scientific fact that the mind goes through physiological changes when suddenly stimulated and then bombarded with information during significant events, like maydays or other priority activity and radio traffic. This is true, not only for the incident commander but also for the firefighter who finds him or herself involved in the mayday.

In a class last year with Battalion Chief John Salka, he commented of his desire to simply hear the Who-What-Where during a mayday, as opposed to the information provided through the LUNAR acronym – Location, Unit, Name, Assignment/Air Supply and Resources Needed. I prefer to focus on the Who-What-Where approach for the involved party and LUNAR for the person running the rescue.

This downloadable chart offers a mayday checklist that incorporates both the simple Who-What-Where for the person announcing the mayday, and LUNAR for the incident management component running the mayday response.

Chief Marc S. Bashoor joined the Lexipol team in 2018, serving as the FireRescue1 and Fire Chief executive editor and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board. With 40 years in emergency services, Chief Bashoor previously served as public safety director in Highlands County, Florida; as chief of the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Fire/EMS Department; and as emergency manager in Mineral County, West Virginia. Chief Bashoor assisted the NFPA with fire service missions in Brazil and China, and has presented at many industry conferences and trade shows. He has contributed to several industry publications. He is a National Pro-board certified Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III and Fire Instructor. Connect with Chief Bashoor at on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Do you have a leadership tip or incident you’d like to discuss? Send the chief an email.