Kevin Sehlmeyer Chief of Training Grand Rapids Fire Department. “From Bad to Awful” Are you ready for a Mayday?. View the “Mayday” video on DVD #1 prior to delivering this program Review Mayday Lesson Plan Review other supporting materials Mayday SOG & Protocol Mayday Sign
Missing a crew member (PAR)
Low on AIR
You witness a firefighter lost or in trouble
ONLY to report lost or trapped firefighters
ANY MEMBER may use MAYDAY to report a lost firefighter
Information that you want to say:
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!
Location (where you are in the building)
Name (your full name)
Air (how much air you have left)
Resources (what you need for rescue)
Last reported work area?
Who is calling Mayday?
How much AIR do they have left?
Any special equipment needed for rescue?
Where is their partner(s)
Additional alarm (12 + people)
Monitor all radio channels
Send two or more ambulances
Additional Chief Officers
Tech Rescue Team
Tech Rescue Vehicle
IC records RIT entry time
RIT announces when they have located the trapped firefighter(s)
RIT shares removal or delay issues
RIT shares when heading out of building
RIT shares when they are out of building
Then Conduct PAR
The IC becomes the Rescue Branch Director
Four Step Radio Process
Four Step process will avoid confusion during IAP Change
Span of Control
Manage the Rescue
Request additional resources to support the rescue
MUST maintain control
Make sure that crews make channel change
Start accounting for everyone on the fireground
Call for a PAR and conduct a PAR
Support the Rescue Branch
Reinforce firefighting efforts!
“From bad to awful”