Mayday is to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by mariners and aviators, but in some countries local organizations such as police, firefighters, and transportation organizations also use the Mayday term.
A Mayday call is always given three times in a row on a radio system to alert others of an emergency situation.
When executing a Mayday call over a radio you should repeat Mayday, Mayday, Mayday three times to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions.
On 01/17/2013 the crew of ladder truck 5 had to go to the fire training center and be a part of what is called a mayday multiple company drill and to get familiar with a new radios that will be used by all members of a fire crew.
The new radios will be used by all firefighting personnel at the scene of a fire for their own personal protection equipment.
The mayday multiple company drill was set up and designed to help fire captain company officers, firefighters, and the fire chief at a fire scene to practice how to use and communicate using the new radios.
These new radios will be assigned to each member so as if just in case a crewmember got lost, trapped, or had some type of emergency situation they could have their own radio to call for help.
The mayday drill lasted about 45 minutes for the members of one fire truck to catch a plug, lay a line, advance hose lines up a ladder to the third floor of the training tower, a second fire truck and members to advance another attack line to the third floor to back up the first members and secure a way of escape, and the ladder truck and its members to set up the truck, raise the aerial ladder to the roof of the training tower , and 3 crewmembers climb the ladder to the top or the tower and simulate cutting a hole in the roof to ventilate the building.
The mayday drill using the new radios was a good learning experience for the fire department personnel to give firefighters hands on training about how to operate and use the new radios that hopefully will be a lifesaving tool to help firefighters stay informed, stay in touch, and stay alive.
The Mobile Fire Rescue Department training center that is located in historic downtown Mobile at 860 Owens Street Mobile Alabama 36604.