Lesson in Awareness:Texas Mayday Incident Training Site

Texas department goes all out sharing lessons learned from their own close call.


In a technology advanced age where close call videos have the shelf life of milk it is awesome to see a department take a close call or other near-miss event and openly share the incident and lessons learned.

Thanks to a mention on Facebook we came across the Flower Mound (TX) Fire Department Mayday Training Files. It’s not just a link to a sub-page or PDF but an entire site created around a June 2011 fire that had led to a captain and firefighter becoming disoriented and calling a mayday.

The site is full of video, photos, audio, run reports, injury details and more.

Take a look (click the image below) and share among your shift, department and with others.
Hopefully this encourages other departments to not pay attention to all the keyboard commanders and anonymous experts, and openly share their lessons learned as well.

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  • John Wright says:

    Thanks for the mention to my site! We are very glad that people are taking the time to listen to our story. There is a link on the page now to a radio show that tells the complete story. This is a great site, I love all the links on the Why We Search page.

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Comments
Ron Ayotte
What is Experience?
Excelent post. Evey day of duty and every run should be a learning experience. Far too many firefighters just look at the duty tour and incident as what I like to call "the shampoo mode"... wet hair, apply shapoo, lather, rinse and repeat".. Our version is put on the gear, get on the truck, go…
2014-10-31 14:23:15
Bill Carey
What is Experience?
You're correct Ed. What did we do with that experience? Did we take as many lessons from it as we could or did we simply file it away as a run in the logbook. Thank you, Bill
2014-10-30 12:55:18
Ed
What is Experience?
Excellent post. The same question may be framed for other than working on the nozzle (e.g., if delivering pump operator training). In addition, even if you went to a lot of fires on the nozzle or as the first in company officer, what did you do with that experience? Reflection and integration of the experience…
2014-10-30 12:37:50
Bill Carey
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Thank you Ed.
2014-10-22 14:26:50
Ed Hartin
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Excellent article Bill!
2014-10-14 12:47:14
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