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07-28-2007, 02:33 AM #1
Mayday- A six letter word that now changed your gameplan. A six letter word none of us hope to ever hear.
A word that no matter what county, state or country you're in, means the same thing, FIREFIGHTER DOWN
This is re-inforcement for the older guys/officers and will maybe enlighten the young members.
That word sets forth a series of actions that cannot be reversed.
"Mayday" is NOT to be used when you are running low on air and WALKING outside to change your bottle....
"Mayday" is NOT to be used when you are an OV a see conditions deterioating. URGENT might be called for, but MAYDAY is not.....
"Mayday" is NOT to be used when you just wanna get through on the radio to the IC.
"Mayday" is NOT to be used when you find a victim. "URGENT" maybe but "Mayday" essentially means "FIREFIGHTER DOWN"... the crispy critter that you just made a "grab" on is long dead, no need to send my FAST team in there to rescue a perfectly good firefighter & a dead homeowner.
Mayday= Firefighter Down. I am now devoting all resources (and personally, energy) towards the downed firefighter.
A lot of individuals have trasmitted MAYDAYS in the past for "BS" stuff.....
A lot of individuals have trasmitted MAYDAYS in the past and been rescued...
Some individuals have trasmitted MAYDAYS in the past and never went home.....
"Know when to say when" Cause a room gets too hot for you or there's no water, etc... leave the MAYDAYS for DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURIES TO FIREFIGHTERSMy posts are mine and do not represent my dept
07-28-2007, 02:36 AM #2
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Hey, practice on calling them. Keep going over when to. Better to call one, them not to.
Good post MFD594.
07-28-2007, 02:55 AM #3
07-28-2007, 11:49 AM #4
Definitely a great discussion to have....and definitely something worthwhile to train on.
Just .02 from the other side of the coin: during our last Mayday training (classroom), the point was stressed that if you're thinking about calling a Mayday -- CALL IT...the point being that if you think you're in the shit or you're lost/discombobulated, don't hesitate because you think the brothers might bust your balls and rag on you for calling one that might be considered "borderline"...
Either way, excellent post MFD594, great use of the Rant. The bottom line is that it should be crystal clear in every firefighter's mind what the difference between an URGENT and a MAYDAY is, and when each should be used, and what the radio procedures should be once they are called...and that comes from TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING.
07-30-2007, 12:32 PM #5
I've been to legit jobs when a May-Day was given on more than one occasion. One particular job was for the side of a house that collapsed on an engine company. Another was a very old, yet very respected deputy chief wanted an ecterior operation and wanted the members in the building to withdraw. And yes, a job out here where an inexperienced officer gave a very unnecessary May-Day. We've gone over in here the reasons for a May-Day and accronyms to help us remember when to call one. Aside fromt that, case and point like the Rant Boss said, if in doubt - call it. Definitlty take a deep breath, count to ten, compose yourself, get your witts about you, think before you speak. But if your in doubt, call it. It's better to get your balls broken by the guys for calling the May-Day when it may not have been necessary, then to have those same guys attend your funeral.
But do keep in mind that if your in a department where brotherhood is clearly defined, and there are members on the fireground who are worth their salt, and you give a May-Day ... any fireman worthy of the title is going to do ANYTHING and EVERYTYHING to get to you. Even in the most organized and strategic environments, it's gonna be assholes and elbows once those words are put over the air.
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