Officials in Springfield, Illinois, are raising questions after three firefighters were injured battling a fire in an abandoned home in the city, according to a news report.
Chief Brian F. Moriarty describes how he managed a gas emergency that caused numerous simultaneous fires and explosions, destroyed multiple houses, and caused one death and several injuries and shares the lessons learned.
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.