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The Three Degrees of Mayday

Wednesday, April 17
Classroom Session
Rapid Intervention

This program is a discussion about three categories or situations that firefighters can find themselves in that could result in a Mayday operation. Not every Mayday is the same and, as a result, not every RIT operation will be the same. RITs need to prepare for various urgent and dangerous situations of increasing difficulty. A single firefighter lost in a house fire may be handled adequately by a four-person RIT with little other assistance. A three-person engine company crew that experiences a loss of water or sudden flashover will require a larger and more robust RIT operation along with additional logistical support. The collapse of a burning building that traps six firefighters in a two-story burning pile of debris will require an even more complex response. Learn how you can prepare your firefighters to handle any Mayday situation with confidence.

John Salka, Battalion Chief (ret) - FDNY
Rick Lasky, Chief - Estes Valley (CO) Fire Protection District