RIT Training is the new push today. Here is a small tid-bit to help out. In the event of a MAYDAY, it's vital that good and accurate information is given to the RIT team. L>U>N>A>R> is a good starting point: L= Location, where am I...North East Corner on Bravo side. U= Unit/Trk Co./Name. N=Name (easy to figure out) A= Air Supply...I have half bottle left..etc R=Resources , I'm injured possible broken femur, hung-up on wires/debri..etc I welcome any other insights or guidance. Let's be safe/Everyone comes home. God Bless our Nation.
While a MAYDAY is part of RIT, I would think this thread would be better worded as FF survival. While calling the MAYDAY is an important aspect of RIT, the role of RIT does differ and does entail quite a bit. Whereas FF survival is another topic which can entail its own focus.
Training on calling a MAYDAY is important and should be practiced often, but so is recognizing a condition in which to call a MAYDAY. Can you say for sure every member understand the difference between a MAYDAY situation and that of EMERGENCY TRAFFIC? Is losing water pressure on the line a MAYDAY situation or an EMERGENCY traffic? A ceiling collapse, is it an emergency traffic or is it a MAYDAY situation....could be either.
The acronyms like LUNAR, PLAN, and now LUNCH are all good ways to call a MAYDAY. However, if one goes to a dept and asks a FF, especially a newer FF, to call a MAYDAY, can you say for certain they would know what to do?
To incorporate the RIT aspect, a good training is having people call the MAYDAY and activate a RIT, be on air, use radios, etc.
I totally agree John, a solid safety program is best suited to be a true "Firefighter Safety and Survival / RIT Program, for which encompasses basic firefighter survival skills, sheltering/protecting in place, self preservation skills, rope-ladder-hose bails, assisting your partner (solo moves), air management skills, buddy breathing through the EBSS, "when" and how to call a mayday, radio drills when buried, then you have RIT resources, deployment, and tactics that include moves, drags and carries, rescuing through the floor, RIT Pack Operations, Search line rope plus all of the other specialized technical drills that were developed from past line of duty death studies. Capping it off with Mayday Management for Incident Command.
Take and remove any "one" component from the puzzle and your "stand by" team is not fully prepared. If management thinks they are ok with some or half of that program, that is a shame, it is in essence a Lip Stick Policy.