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Firefighter Safety: You've Received a Mayday—Now What?

By Joe McClelland In recent months, there has been an increase of Maydays and firefighters trapped in collapse. My friends and acquaintances that have been in command of a rescue situation at an emergency scene or directly involved in the rescue/removal of a trapped or lost firefighter always always have the same response:  “That was the toughest thing I ever had to do!” At the firefighter level, you pretty much go into a remote mode and do what you train on: getting the missing victim. But how often does command get out and train on the chaos of a missing or trapped firefighter? It can get pretty hectic in that buggy. There are some very good training videos and audio accounts of ...

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