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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

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kevin sehlmeyer chief of training grand rapids fire department
Kevin Sehlmeyer

Chief of Training

Grand Rapids Fire Department

“From Bad to Awful”Are you ready for a Mayday?
preparing to use this program

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
    • Mayday Checklist
    • Additional Training Resources
Preparing to use this program:
when should a firefighter call a mayday
When should a firefighter call a Mayday?

Lost

Trapped

In trouble

In danger

Missing a crew member (PAR)‏

Low on AIR

You witness a firefighter lost or in trouble

when do you use the word mayday
When do you use the word MAYDAY?

ONLY to report lost or trapped firefighters

ANY MEMBER may use MAYDAY to report a lost firefighter

what are you going to say
What are you going to say?

Information that you want to say:

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

Location (where you are in the building)‏

Unit (assignment)‏

Name (your full name)‏

Air (how much air you have left)‏

Resources (what you need for rescue)‏

information gathered by the incident commander
Information gathered by the Incident Commander

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)‏

dispatchers role in a mayday
Dispatchers Role in a Mayday

MAYDAY Protocol

Additional alarm (12 + people)

Monitor all radio channels

Send two or more ambulances

Additional Chief Officers

Tech Rescue Team

Tech Rescue Vehicle

rapid intervention team
Rapid Intervention Team

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

iap change to rescue branch
IAP change to Rescue Branch

The IC becomes the Rescue Branch Director

Four Step Radio Process

Four Step process will avoid confusion during IAP Change

why a rescue branch
Why a Rescue Branch?

Span of Control

Manage the Rescue

Request additional resources to support the rescue

role of new incident commander
Role of NEW Incident Commander

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!