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  • 03/09/2017
  • DOZR Dan

Hello all….we have been having discussions in state about “MAYDAY” procedures, guidelines, how to announce, etc…..  Has there been any guidelines set forth, protocols put into place elsewhere?  Would love to go into this next discussion phase with an understanding from across the field and nation.  I read a piece in Wildfire Today about the “YolO” rather than MAYDAY.

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  1. Geoff
    March 11, 2017 Reply

    If you are in California you might start with chapter 22 of the latest FIRESCOPE Field Operations Guide or its parent document, ICS-910, Firefighter Incident Safety and Accountability Guidelines. In it they also mention some of the other references, namely NFPA (1400, 1507, 1561, and 1720). The argument for a unique identifier caused quite a stir a few years ago but the dust has settled. I read the article and IMHO introducing another term to be remembered under extraordinary conditions isn’t going to be accepted very well, particularly by those who must work in both the wildland fire and structural disciplines.

  2. Fred
    May 21, 2017 Reply

    Ditto what Geoff said. The FIRESCOPE document ICS 910 gives definitions to terms, Emergency Traffic vs. Mayday. It’s a very useful document for California Fire Agencies and Federal agencies operating within California to follow. Link provided below

  3. Mavis
    July 16, 2017 Reply

    Bottom line….mayday,mayday,mayday…..you have everyone’s attention. Emergency traffic for medical etc.

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