Hosts Rick Lasky and Terry McGrath bring on special guest Scott Thompson to discuss the tactics they use to prepare for the worst of situations.
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.
In this podcast, host Danny Sheridan discusses the evolution of the Mayday response from the '80s through the present.
In this podcast, Frank Ricci pinch-hits for "Fireground Strategies" hosts Anthony Avillo and Jim Duffy. Frank speaks with Jason Rivera and Josh Miller of the New Haven (CT) Fire Department about the squad concept and more.
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.
Les Ruble describes the many factors beginning with the letter “R” that are involved with successfully fulfilling the responsibility of the rapid intervention team.
The Rochester Drill outlines and illustrates how to rescue a firefighter who is trapped in a failed floor but who has not fallen through.
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.
Vertical ventilation has become an almost automatic assignment for the first-arriving company officer. But, are we ignoring near-miss reports by continuing to do so routinely? Shouldn’t we evaluate the fire first and then determine if vertical ventilation is the best option?