Toronto Fire Services has used this Mayday procedure since 2007. We change channels on transmission of a Mayday and it can only be done by Incident Command. It is not an automatic move as we use repeated channels and have both a simplex and digital system. Based on what is being used and type of fire - High Rise vs. Structural/Residential or even Subway our channels are dictated by certain incidents because of radio strength and transmission capability. We do not encourage more than 2 channels as we have found FF's lose track of which sector has which channel. TFS recently used this system on Jan 3rd where we managed to resuce 2 FF's who fell into a burning 3 story structure. Everything else you mentioned is exactly the same in regards to who stays on what channel.
At first I would like to know about the radio technology; the kind of radio that you use; the frequency of each of the three channels; are you operating with push-to-talk in simplex, semi-duplex; the channel power, etc. since none of this information can be taken for granted as it is too easy to elicit the wrong requirements for communicating on the fireground. Thank you for your inputs
Hi Anthony, hope all is well.
My scholarship to the USA has been approved and I'd like to visit your department. The dates have been brought forward to October this year to line up with an event in Europe. Is this going to be possible? I've now got such short notice to tee things up with people.
There is a written component to the exam which accounts for 40% of your overall score and there is also a practical scenario where they give you a fire scenario and you have to hit certain benchmarks in allotted time (12 min?). The practical portion is 60% of the overall grade.
It's for a promotional exam that I am taking and I studied it last year. This year they are using your new 2nd edition and I'd hate to read it all over again since I had already made note cards. Not to say that I don't like reading your books...LOL but it would save a lot of time if I just knew the changes.
From Miramar Florida. Thank you very much for you rapid response Chief. Excellent book. look forward to attending one of your seminars in the near future. Once again....thank you!
At 11:51am on September 15, 2009, Noel Marti said…
Wanted to know if there is any way we can look up the changes from the 1st edition to the 2nd edition of the Fireground Strategies book?
Wake Forest is a community just outside of Raleigh NC. Wake Forest University did start out here but moved to Winston Salem back in the 50's. We still to this day get people asking about WF University here in town. The college campus now is home to Southeastern Baptist Seminary.
Thanks for the add, and look forward to the info you provide.
No, the book is not used here, though I wish it were. I used John Norman's book in the past to help prepare me for the assessment center; and if I have to go through it again I'll use yours too. It can't hurt!
It was a pleasure meeting you... Thanks again on a fantastic class. I'll let you know as soon as I get through that giant text you just wrote. Keep up the great work you are doing for the fire service. Aloha Brother- Shane
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