2012 Maydays

A year of communication we hate to hear, but train to say

As you listen ask yourself and your crew, what should a mayday from one of us sound like? Do we know what to say? Could we understand it if we were listening? Does our communication need help?

Audio videos are courtesy of RadioReference.com and Firefighter Dispatch.

Hartford, CT 3 January 2012

Levittown, NY 8 January 2012

Toronto, Canada 9 January 2012

Baltimore, MD 14 January 2012

Rockland County, NY 16 January 2012

Arlington, VA 8 February 2012

Philadlephia, PA 9 April 2012

Fairfax County, VA 25 August 2012

Detroit, MI 20 September 2012

Baltimore, MD 11 October 2012

Chicago, IL 2 November 2012

Brooklyn, NY 27 November 2012

Los Angeles, CA 28 November 2012

Mechanicsville, MD 3 December 2013

Staten Island, NY 13 December 2012

West Webster, NY 24 December 2012

 

Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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