Health & Safety

Tony Carroll reviews the circumstances behind the line-of-duty death of Denver (CO) Firefighter Mark Langvardt along with the Denver Drill, whose creation was spurred by that incident.
Fireground Safety

Chief or company officers who may become Incident commanders must prepare for a possible Mayday before one ever happens. A Mayday on the fireground should not be their first. The author offers Mayday aspects to train on, signs on the fireground that could result in a Mayday, and training resources to consult.

A Mayday in a below-grade compartment could present many challenges—issues with the masonry foundation, ventilation, gravity, and limited access. We must maximize what we have and find a way to evacuate our fellow firefighter as quickly as possible. In some situations, a small basement window may be the only option for access/removal.