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Calling the Mayday

Story and Photos by Ex-Captain Steve Grogan


On Sunday, July 14, 2013, the Training Committee of the Lynbrook Fire Department conducted the first of many training sessions on the subject of "Calling the Mayday." The term Mayday comes from the French and means "Help me." The authority having jurisdiction over the use of the term Mayday belongs to the US Coast Guard. Lynbrook volunteers were given a classroom session by the committee and all watched a video on when firefighters should call a Mayday and the proper procedures when calling it. Firefighters were instructed to call a Mayday when lost, stuck, or trapped at a fire scene. After the classroom session and a test, firefighters went out to the department's training facility and simulated being trapped and practiced radio communications with the Floodlight's Command Post to report Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, and that they were trapped. More firefighters will be trained in additional night training sessions.  

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