In Chicago, a mayday was called recently after a fire fighter fell through a floor while fighting a fire in a vacant building on the South Side.

The fire fighter suffered a broken right arm, but is expected to be okay.

Data compiled by the United States Fire Administration shows fire fighters becoming trapped and disoriented represents the largest portions of structural fire ground fatalities. Fire fighters don’t plan to be lost, disoriented, injured or trapped during a structure fire or emergency incidents. But fires are unpredictable, volatile and ruthless – and they will not go according to plan.
Fire Fighters must continuously train on the critical skills needed to prevent a MAYDAY situation from occurring and how to respond when one does happen.

We encourage our members to take the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Awareness course online. The course will help you learn more about preventing a MAYDAY, being prepared when a MAYDAY does occur, a self-survival procedures and skills to improve survivability and fire fighters expectation of command. You’ll also learn the specific actions of the Incident Commander, Dispatchers, and others on the fire ground must take to assist in the fire fighter’s rescue.

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from past incidents.

Listen to the actual radio transmission from a six-alarm fire in Toronto a year ago. The actions these members took in Toronto on that cold January night demonstrate that Fire Ground Survival (FGS) training programs work and help to save the lives of our members.