2 COURSE OBJECTIVES Define a mayday situation Identify why firefighters fail to or delay calling a maydayImportance of calling a mayday earlyRadio proceduresTo give you permission to call a maydayHands on experience with the Mayday Parameters
3 WHAT IS A MAYDAY SITUATION? Disoriented?Disoriented for 30 seconds?Disoriented for 60 seconds?Entangled in wires?Entangled for 30 seconds?Entangled for 60 seconds?Separated from your partner? Fall through a roof, floor?Primary exit blocked by fire, collapse etc.?SCBA malfunction?SCBA malfunction that you correct?
4 AVOIDABLE DEATHS THEY RUN OUT OF AIR!!! EVERY YEAR FIREFIGHTERS DIE AS A RESULT OF BEING DISORIENTED / LOSTFROM BECOMING TRAPPED OR ENTANGLEDWHAT'S THE COMMON DENOMINATOR????THEY RUN OUT OF AIR!!!
5 “I FOUND MYSELF DISORIENTED AND UNABLE TO FIND MY WAY OUT, BUT I WAS TO AFRAID OF LOOKING FOOLISH IN FRONT OF THE OTHER COMPANIES THAN I WAS OF DYING”TOM WESTMAN, LT. FDNY
6 WHY DO FIREFIGHTERS FAIL TO OR DELAY CALLING FOR HELP? PrideWe are the “fix it” people, we are there to help not call for helpLoss of situational awareness (lose track of time)Denial (I can’t believe this happening)Fear of retribution (ridicule)Lack of knowledge (training, policies)
7 THE PROBLEMS There aren’t any “Mayday” standards There is very little “Mayday” training being doneThere aren’t clear “Mayday” parametersWe do not have enough Recognition Primed Decision making experience
8 RAPID??? INTERVENTIONWHEN PHOENIX FIREFIGHTER BRETT TARVER DIED IN 2001,THERE WERE 12 ADDITIONAL MAYDAYS CALLED BY RESCUERS DURING THE RIT OPERATIONWHEN HOUSTON FIRE CAPTAIN JAY JAHNKE DIED, THERE WERE 4 ADDITIONAL MAYDAYS CALLEDWHEN PHOENIX FIRE STUDIED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF RAPID INTERVENTION WITH MORE THAN 200 RIT DRILLS (Down FF 150’ hose line 40’ off the line) THEY CONCLUDED THE FOLLOWING…
9 MAYDAY TO RIT ENTRY WAS 3 MINUTES RIT CONTACT WITH DOWNED FIREFIGHTER WAS 6 MINUTESTOTAL TIME INSIDE THE BUILDING FOR EACH TEAM WAS 13 MINUTESTOTAL TIME FOR RESCUE WAS 22 MINUTESIT TAKES 12 FIREFIGHTERS TO RESCUE 11 IN 5 RIT MEMBERS WILL GET INTO A MAYDAY THEMSELVESWHAT SHOULD THIS TELL US???????
11 WE HAVE A LOT OF TOOLS AT OUR DISPOSAL THERMAL IMAGING CAMERASHOOKS, PIKES, AXES, SAWS, ETC., ETC.MUTUAL AID, AUTOMATIC AIDBASICALLY WHATEVER WE NEED WHEN WE NEED IT, WITHOUT ANY REPERCUSSIONWHY SHOULD MAYDAY AND RIT BE ANY DIFFERENT!!
12 Who has launched their RIT? Anyone?How many times?How many RIT’s have any real experience?Is that a problem?
13 The sooner you call the safer it is for everyone! CRYING WOLFSINCE OTHER FIREFIGHTERS ARE PUT AT RISK WHEN SOMEONE CALLS A MAYDAY. THE DECISION TO CALL A MAYDAY IS EXTREMELY CONSEQUENTIAL.However. . .The sooner you call the safer it is for everyone!
14 NOW THAT WE KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS… We can build a system to fix itParameters, Policy, Permission and TrainingNavy fighter pilots and ejection parameters
15 U.S. NAVY FIGHTER PILOT EJECTION PARAMETERS NAVY PILOTS FIT THE MACHO PROFILE ALL FIREFIGHTERS SEEM TO HAVE ABOUT THEMSELVES… SOLUTION, DECIDE BEFORE YOU FLY…THE NAVY CAME UP WITH SET EJECTION PARAMETERS THAT PILOTS WILL WITHOUT HESITATION, EJECT FROM THERE AIRCRAFT THUS ALLEVIATING THE THE PRIDEFUL DECISION OF TRYING TO FIX THE PROBLEM.
17 WOW!!!!!!THEY HANDLED CRASHING A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PLANE MUCH THE WAY WE WOULD HANDLE BUYING A GALLON OF MILK.HOW DO THEY STAY SO CALM?
18 Recognition Primed Decision Making RPD Gary KleinMilitary/Fire ServiceExperience vs. InexperienceSlides in your slide tray
19 SUMMARYFIREFIGHTERS THINK IF THERE IS A MAYDAY CALLED, WE WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT LIKE WE WILL HANDLE ANYTHING ELSE.PRACTICE, WITH YOUR RADIOS, AND YOUR TOOLS.TALK ABOUT THIS WITH YOUR CREWS.DECIDE WHEN YOU WILL CALL A MAYDAY BEFORE YOU NEED TO.STICK TO IT.CLICK ME