NREMT-B, Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Fire Instructor 1, Driver Operator Pumper, Driver Operator Aerial, Fire Officer 1, Fire Officer 2, Emergency Services A.S. Degree
Joined the fire service in January of 1998 as a member of the Good Will Fire Company in Trexlertown PA. From 2000-2001 I was a resident firefighter the Eagle River Fire Protection District in Avon CO. In 2001 I returned to PA and resumed my role as a firefighter @ Good Will Fire Company. In 2005 I moved to SC to become a career firefighter w/ the City of Goose Creek FD. Ever since joining the fire service I have strived to attend as many training courses as I could to constantly improve myself.
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The 3W's stand for Who-What-Where. This is used by the distressed FF after calling a Mayday X3. The specific elements of the 3W's can also be remembered using the acronyms LUNAR, HELP, etc. These are mnemonics designed to assist FF's in remembering the details of the report. The IAFF program also discusses how mnemonics assist in learning specific information in training environments. For example, some FD's use HELP. This is how it works:
The IC responds "Unit calling Mayday identify"
The FF states H= handle - "FF Smith", E=equipment -"E3", L=location "2nd floor", P=problem "lost"
"FF Smith E3 2nd floor, lost"
One of the most important things about reporting a Mayday is being brief and clear. Our research has discovered that FF's in Mayday situations only have so many syllables to give. Training using long transmissions is unrealistic. The IC also has a fixed number of syllables in a Mayday situation. Their transmissions should also be brief and clear.
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