Mayday Issued When Alabama Firefighter Collapses on the Fireground

Anniston (AL) firefighters issued a Mayday when their colleague lost his mask and collapsed during a fire at an apartment complex.

Four apartments were damaged but no residents were injured in the Sunday evening fire, according to the Anniston Star (

Anniston Fire Captain Joel Roberts said 13 firefighters were sent to the scene around 6:48 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke from the front and the back of the apartment complex.

Firefighters entered from the back of the complex but had to stall because a firefighter lost his mask, according to Anniston Fire Chief Tony Taylor. He said the mask may have gotten caught in debris from the building.

After the firefighter’s mask was pulled away from his face, he fell to the floor and briefly lost consciousness, Taylor said. A Mayday was activated to signal that the firefighter was down, and the department was forced to stall its progress until the firefighter was safely out of the building.

The firefighter was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment by Anniston EMS and was released around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. He is expected to be return to work Wednesday.

The fire was extinguished in 15 minutes.

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For more on Mayday activations, consider Handling the Mayday : The Fire Dispatcher’s Crucial Role, The Protocol of the Mayday Call, and Your Mayday –Use It or Lose it.

For more on smoke inhalation, consider Dangers of Fire Smoke Exposure, THE BREATH FROM HELL, and Toxicology of Smoke Inhalation .


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