It is our greatest hope that firefighters will recognize trouble and exit the roof or upper floors before it becomes too late. The use of thermal image devices and training in flash-over simulators are giving firefighters better ‘intel’ concerning changing conditions on the fire-ground. Unfortunately, “Situational Awareness” is still lacking severely.
Loss of or limited egress options are causing firefighters to use personal escape rope or personal escape devices/systems. Firefighters must review indicators indicators and the decision list for deployment.
Firefighters must also become completely familiar and train with their specific system to become comfortable and confident in its use.
As a firefighter, there is a new “app” you have to learn; it’s called you “App-aratus“!
IT IS, HIGHLY, RECOMMENDED YOU COMPLETE THE FULL NFA “CALLING THE MAYDAY” COURSE!
Thank you, Dr. Burton Clark, NFA, for your tireless efforts on behalf of firefighters and the important awareness of “May-Day” Training.
The “culture of the fire service” continues to be a barrier for firefighters to call for help when they need it. You’re in a fire. The situation is getting worse. You become lost, separated, low on air, you take a fall, the building or floor collapses; and we have firefighters debating, with themselves, on whether they are going to call for help or not.
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Had the opportunity to address the graduating fire fighters at the Union County Fire Academy Graduation.
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This video clip is narrated by Jeff Cool from Rescue 3 of the FDNY. It’s a small segment taken from the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Program. The video recaps the events that took place at a tenement fire on January 23, 2005 in the Bronx, New York – Which killed Lt. John G. Bellew and Lt. Curtis Meyran and caused severe and critical injuries to Lt. Joseph DiBernardo, FF Jeffery Cool, FF Eugene Stolowski and FF Brendan Cawley
All videos and information we share here is to give us an opportunity to honor our dead and make sure that they did not die on vain.
Almost every SOP/SOG and change in tactics, we have, were written in blood and etched on tombstones.
Learn the lessons well…they paid with their lives for us…
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This video will give you an aerial vantage point of the Mississippi State Fire Academy. You will see our campus and many of our live fire burn props. Portions of this video were filmed with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +, a UAS we use used to capture reconnaissance and aerial size-ups.
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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????
Bumps to the Pump!
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!