This Week’s Mayday Monday from the Brothers at DCFD. Sorry i am a little late on posting…
MAYDAY MONDAY…The football season has entered the most exciting part of the schedule, the Playoffs. Most of the games are close. It, usually, comes down to the end and the team that can manage the clock the best comes out on top. In a Mayday situation, we must manage the clock. Our clock is the amount of air left in the downed firefighter’s SCBA. How can we make the most of the time? Here are a few suggestions:
• Know your Mayday SOG’s. Who assumes the role of the Rapid Intervention Team? What tools do we assemble in the RIT Staging Area? Can we perform proactive fireground tasks? What teams do we breakdown into?
• Can you QUICKLY perform the A-B-C’s of packaging a downed firefighter? The A is Air. Fix the firefighter’s air problem AND get on the air (radio) and advise the IC of the situation. B is Back/Belly. Check the Mayday firefighter’s back for a Drag Rescue Device (DRD) in the coat OR reconnect the SCBA belly (waist) strap through the legs of the member in trouble. C is Cinch. Cinch down the shoulder straps of the downed firefighter’s SCBA. D is drag. Drag the firefighter to safety.
• PRACTICE-PRACTICE-PRACTICE. Just like your favorite NFL team, we need to practice these skills to ensure we are ready AND we can manage the clock. Think of the Mayday activation as the two-minute offense. We cannot waste any time.
Some pretty basic skills that can help us to stay Mayday ready. A friend of mine, the late FDNY-Lt. Andy Fredericks, was quoted as saying “Take the time to make the time.” In other words, use some time now (by getting ready, practicing and knowing your procedures) to shorten your rescue time, then. See you next Monday!!