What is your departments Mayday policy and does your department train on it? After conducting several drills in different departments I found that many command officers, even some great ones are not prepared to answer the call. We must add this training into our smoke house training and have command manage the mayday. Often firefighters do not include all the info we need as the RIT team the, IC must switch other units to another channel. Have someone else either command the fire or the rescue. We must train on this.
We must call for help early enough, it is better to be made fun of at the kitchen table then to have everybody say what a great firefighter you were at your funeral. If you wait to call your will just be screaming for help, hindering the very people trying to save you. Check out video of trapped firefighter from my department who waited too long. Note I do not throw rocks, we all make mistakes and it is how we recover that makes us good firefighters. Any post of mine is to simply say train to avoid getting jammed up, train to be prepared if something goes wrong and any rock throwing is just to remind us that we can all do better.