Category Archives: Firefighter

MayDay and Mask Confidence

Take a look at this simple but effective Mask Confidence and May-Day training evolution.  Many times firefighters find themselves in trouble, when they lack situational awareness.  They panic or even call for help too late.

Notice the importance or air management and communication.  These two issues, along with others (teamwork, situational awareness and practice), aid the entangled or trapped firefighter to participate in his/her own rescue.

Rigorous and routine training in mask confidence will build up the attitude and skill set needed. Calling the MayDay, when MayDay parameters are encountered, will aid greatly in more positive outcomes.

I, recently, had a super session with some firefighters on just talking through the basics of safety and survival.

Questions like: How do you orient yourself, while moving through a building?  How do you communicate with each other?  How do you navigate additional hazards?  How do you maintain accountability and crew integrity; when the fecal matter hits the ventilation system???

Which Way is Out???? 

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It was a productive and informative session.  (and I hope they got something out of it too….LOL).  #fireofficertrust

TIME to ACT:  Review your agency’s MayDay procedures today!  Update them, if needed.  Train on them until you know them cold!

The firefighter you save could be you!

JCFD: Seidler Street Fire 2015

Homeowner, Firefighter Dead After Overnight House Fire

April 13, 2015, 7:34 AM by Brandon Van Westen
Updated: April 13, 2015, 8:43 AM

Homeowner, Firefighter Dead After Overnight House Fire
BRANDON, SD -A homeowner and firefighter died in a Monday morning house fire in Brandon.According to Brandon Police Chief David Kull, homeowner 47-year-old David Smith was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital where he was pronounced dead.At 10:41 p.m., firefighters were ordered to exit the home and at 11:01 p.m., a Valley Springs volunteer firefighter was reported missing. At 1:30 a.m., his body was located in the basement of the home.The identity of the firefighter has not been released at this time.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
The age of David Smith has been corrected after receiving revised information from authorities.