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RIT: The Mayday

Tue, 15 Jul 2008|

Jim McCormack of the Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department discusses recognizing trouble on the fireground and knowing when to call for help.



Want to talk a little bit about recognizing trouble on the fire ground one of the biggest skills that you need to learn especially for rapid and events and is. Having guys call for help knowing that a message has been called and and people -- in trouble so we're gonna talk a little bit about the -- -- Recognizing problems as a big thing nobody wants to call for help on the fire ground and because of that we're being delayed when we trying to get in and rescue people. The sequence that you should go through as an individual win when you're in trouble is first and foremost recognize it. And stop -- and it should take just a couple of seconds to stop. Collective thoughts when you know -- -- next step is going to be. New -- should be somewhere right around -- would just reach out to -- crew call out for your crew try and have them come in and help solve your problem. If they can't solve it and you can't solve it together then immediately column -- -- we're gonna talk about the message here in just a second but. Call a mid day and get help -- help on the way. Next step is to do is trying to solve your problem try and get in that trying to figure out what it is and try and resolve it before help gets to via if you can't. Activate -- device immediately you wanna put that in alarm -- simply so other people on the -- -- can hear you right away. In the continue to try and solve your problem the big reason we say that twice is. -- -- the -- is everybody knows gonna take a little bit of time to activate and if you move it around trying to solve your problem -- it may not go off so manually set that into alarm mode. And then finally try and conserve your the the big thing with this is if you run out of -- you're going to be in much. Graver danger at this point so just solve that problem but save your area trying to communicate on the radio. So before talk about the message. We'll do that sequence again the first thing it's just stop orient yourself trying to figure out what just happened the next thing. Alert your crew try -- get your crew there they should be within voice contact they should be able come in and help yeah. If they can't or you can't solve your problem activate -- May Day. Then solve your problem. Activate to pass device and continue to try to solve your problem. When we talk about a mayday message the -- is is critical list there's all kinds of acronyms that people are using out and they're all good to remember the information but you really need to practice the message. In the format that you'd use on the distress. So there's an acronym called moon which is last known location -- Unit number -- name assignment in resources needed that's a good one to remember your information. There's one called lip which is location identification. Problem. Can which is conditioned action need all of those are great but you really need -- stress and practice what you gonna say on the radio so. The -- message should always start with mayday mayday mayday. And then give -- -- name and your unit number. And then go into your assignment you'll location and your problem and if you can just go through that a lot of it you can go through before the -- day -- -- takes place. Mayday mayday mayday. Name in unit number for me is always the same I don't work a lot of trade time I don't work a lot of shifts so it's -- A day May Day May Day. McCormick lattice seven. And then from that point you you need to give your assignment. No problem and do location so be mayday mayday mayday. McCormick -- seven which search in the basement -- disoriented we need help to ghetto. And if you can get that material out there get it out in a smooth consistent fashion. Then people will be on the way and they'll have as much information as they need to solve -- problem. There's also a big debate on whether you should say mayday mayday mayday and wait for acknowledgment. -- you should just speak -- message in its entirety and and we really recommend. The -- collective thoughts and you give that message completely the first time. One of the problems that exist so there is that people get on the radio as soon as this happens and you may not get another chance to give that message. So give that message if it's acknowledged activate to -- device and then continue to solve that problem until help gets there yet. If it's not acknowledged. Give it again and continue to give it as you're trying to solve that problem. Good luck will come up with a training session next time for you to go through and really reinforce.

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