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MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY!. COURSE OBJECTIVES  Define a mayday situation  Identify why firefighters fail to or delay calling a mayday  Importance of calling.

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1 MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY!

2 COURSE OBJECTIVES  Define a mayday situation  Identify why firefighters fail to or delay calling a mayday  Importance of calling a mayday early  Radio procedures  To give you permission to call a mayday  Hands on experience with the Mayday Parameters

3 WHAT IS A MAYDAY SITUATION? Disoriented?Disoriented? Disoriented for 30 seconds?Disoriented for 30 seconds? Disoriented for 60 seconds?Disoriented for 60 seconds? Entangled in wires?Entangled in wires? Entangled for 30 seconds?Entangled for 30 seconds? Entangled for 60 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 EVERY YEAR FIREFIGHTERS DIE AS A RESULT OF BEING DISORIENTED / LOST FROM BECOMING TRAPPED OR ENTANGLED WHAT'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? PridePride We are the “fix it” people, we are there to help not call for helpWe are the “fix it” people, we are there to help not call for help Loss of situational awareness (lose track of time)Loss of situational awareness (lose track of time) Denial (I can’t believe this happening)Denial (I can’t believe this happening) Fear of retribution (ridicule)Fear of retribution (ridicule) Lack of knowledge (training, policies)Lack of knowledge (training, policies)

7 THE PROBLEMS There aren’t any “Mayday” standardsThere aren’t any “Mayday” standards There is very little “Mayday” training being doneThere is very little “Mayday” training being done There aren’t clear “Mayday” parametersThere aren’t clear “Mayday” parameters We do not have enough Recognition Primed Decision making experience We do not have enough Recognition Primed Decision making experience

8 RAPID??? INTERVENTION WHEN PHOENIX FIREFIGHTER BRETT TARVER DIED IN 2001,THERE WERE 12 ADDITIONAL MAYDAYS CALLED BY RESCUERS DURING THE RIT OPERATIONWHEN PHOENIX FIREFIGHTER BRETT TARVER DIED IN 2001,THERE WERE 12 ADDITIONAL MAYDAYS CALLED BY RESCUERS DURING THE RIT OPERATION WHEN HOUSTON FIRE CAPTAIN JAY JAHNKE DIED, THERE WERE 4 ADDITIONAL MAYDAYS CALLEDWHEN HOUSTON FIRE CAPTAIN JAY JAHNKE DIED, THERE WERE 4 ADDITIONAL MAYDAYS CALLED WHEN 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…WHEN 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 MINUTESMAYDAY TO RIT ENTRY WAS 3 MINUTES RIT CONTACT WITH DOWNED FIREFIGHTER WAS 6 MINUTESRIT CONTACT WITH DOWNED FIREFIGHTER WAS 6 MINUTES TOTAL TIME INSIDE THE BUILDING FOR EACH TEAM WAS 13 MINUTESTOTAL TIME INSIDE THE BUILDING FOR EACH TEAM WAS 13 MINUTES TOTAL TIME FOR RESCUE WAS 22 MINUTESTOTAL TIME FOR RESCUE WAS 22 MINUTES IT TAKES 12 FIREFIGHTERS TO RESCUE 1IT TAKES 12 FIREFIGHTERS TO RESCUE 1 1 IN 5 RIT MEMBERS WILL GET INTO A MAYDAY THEMSELVES1 IN 5 RIT MEMBERS WILL GET INTO A MAYDAY THEMSELVES WHAT SHOULD THIS TELL US???????WHAT SHOULD THIS TELL US???????

10 DON’T BE A HERO, CALL EARLY

11 WE HAVE A LOT OF TOOLS AT OUR DISPOSAL THERMAL IMAGING CAMERASTHERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS HOOKS, PIKES, AXES, SAWS, ETC., ETC.HOOKS, PIKES, AXES, SAWS, ETC., ETC. MUTUAL AID, AUTOMATIC AIDMUTUAL AID, AUTOMATIC AID BASICALLY WHATEVER WE NEED WHEN WE NEED IT, WITHOUT ANY REPERCUSSIONBASICALLY WHATEVER WE NEED WHEN WE NEED IT, WITHOUT ANY REPERCUSSION WHY SHOULD MAYDAY AND RIT BE ANY DIFFERENT!!WHY 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 CRYING WOLF SINCE 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 it Parameters, Policy, Permission and Training Navy 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…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.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.

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17 WOW!!!!!! THEY HANDLED CRASHING A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PLANE MUCH THE WAY WE WOULD HANDLE BUYING A GALLON OF MILK.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?HOW DO THEY STAY SO CALM?

18 Recognition Primed Decision Making RPD Gary Klein Military/Fire Service Experience vs. Inexperience Slides in your slide tray

19 SUMMARY FIREFIGHTERS THINK IF THERE IS A MAYDAY CALLED, WE WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT LIKE WE WILL HANDLE ANYTHING ELSE.FIREFIGHTERS 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.PRACTICE, WITH YOUR RADIOS, AND YOUR TOOLS. TALK ABOUT THIS WITH YOUR CREWS.TALK ABOUT THIS WITH YOUR CREWS. DECIDE WHEN YOU WILL CALL A MAYDAY BEFORE YOU NEED TO.DECIDE WHEN YOU WILL CALL A MAYDAY BEFORE YOU NEED TO. STICK TO IT.STICK TO IT. CLICK ME


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