The theme of Safety Stand Down 2017 focuses on Mayday, Self Rescue, and Rapid Intervention. Many fire departments and organizations have developed training, resources, and videos related to this critical topic. Below are some of these. If you have a resource you would like to submit, use this form.

PowerPoint Presentations

2017 Safety Stand Down Presentation
Customize this presentation for use in your department during Safety Stand Down.

Being Ready for the Mayday
Firefighter Near Miss

Firefighter Expectations of Command
Firefighter Near Miss

Preventing the Mayday
Firefighter Near Miss


NFA Mayday Video
The National Fire Academy (NFA) released this video training module on calling a Mayday.

Firefighter Safety: Calling the Mayday
This NFA course is available online and focuses on the ins and outs of firefighters calling a Mayday.

Fire Ground Survival Training Program
This training from the International Association of Fire Fighters is designed to ensure that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent between all firefighters, company officers, and chief officers. Firefighters must be trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air, or trapped.

Basic Mayday Concepts
This training from the Firefighters Support Foundation includes a video and downloadable PowerPoint addressing various response strategies available to a firefighter that finds themselves in a Mayday situation.

Evesham Fire Department Safety Stand Down Training
The Evesham (NJ) Fire Department put together an extensive training program for personnel during Safety Stand Down. They have shared their resources to help inspire other departments:

Valley Safety Officers Safety Stand Down Program
Valley Safety Officers developed a Safety Stand Down program consisting of videos, training, and additional resources, with a focus on reducing the risk of cardiac disease and cardiac events.


NFPA 1407: Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews
This National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard specifies the basic training procedures for fire service personnel to conduct firefighter rapid intervention operations so as to promote firefighter safety and survival. NFPA 1407 includes training and performance requirements for rapid intervention crews (RIC) with the goal of creating a highly disciplined operational capability to rescue firefighters who become lost, injured, trapped, incapacitated, or disoriented in the course of an emergency scene or training operation.
*Note, the next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input.

Understanding and Implementing Standards: NFPA 1407 and 1021
This guide from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is designed to help departments understand and meet the requirements of NFPA standards, including NFPA 1407: Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews.


Safety Stand Down Videos
Fire Alumni recorded a series of videos for the 2017 Safety Stand Down on the topic of Mayday.

Mayday – Are you Ready?
This National Fallen Firefighters Foundation video on how to manage a Mayday is a component of the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Resource Kit Volume 4.

Firefighter Mayday Training
Attic Chat Productions shot, produced, and completed post production for this training video which was distributed to all fire districts in Lee County, FL. It demonstrates new, county-wide firefighter Mayday standard operation guidelines.

Rapid Intervention – Fresno Fire Department
Rapid Intervention is used to rescue a down firefighter. This is an instructional video produced by the Fresno Fire Department.

SWFA Firefighter Self Rescue
South Whatcom Fire Authority (SWFA) crews work on some escape techniques that may be needed in the event a firefighter may become trapped in a room by a progressing fire. This can require breaching of a wall (drywall) and squeezing between the studs. Would you fit?

Boston Fire Department Mayday Training
McElroy Films LLC developed this Mayday training film for the Boston Fire Department.

After Action Video: Channing Way Mayday Event
This video from EVALS and Cahill Multimedia reviews a Mayday event from the Berkeley Fire Department on September 30, 2016. Produced by firefighters for firefighters, the video focuses on the variables leading up to the event and emphasizes how critical training is to survival. A blog about the event along with additional resources is available here.


Don Abbott’s Project Mayday
This web site provides a comprehensive study of Mayday responses, incidents, and prevention.

Rules of Engagement for Firefighter Survival
Among the objectives of the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Rules of Engagement is: Declare a Mayday as Soon as You Think You Are in Danger. Read this article for more information.

NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigates firefighter fatalities and provides lessons learned to help prevent similar events.

Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation worked with other fire service organizations to develop the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and resources to support their implementation.

Research Topic: Rapid Intervention Teams
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) provides a collection of materials on Rapid Intervention Teams, Maydays, personnel accountability, and more topics related to this year’s Safety Stand Down theme.

Are You Fit for RIT
This article by East Whiteland (PA) Fire Department deputy fire marshal/emergency management coordinator Dan Kerrigan looks at how fitness is directly related to a firefighter’s ability to perform tasks related to self rescue and rapid intervention.

Near Miss: Firefighters Entangled in HVAC Wiring
This Near Miss report discusses a situation where firefighter reported being entangled in wires.

Near Miss: R.I.T. Was Not Replaced
This Near Miss report discusses a situation where a fire engine at a residential fire was making a ground-floor interior attack when Command ordered the RIT to take the backup line on the second floor.

Near Miss: FFs Disoriented at Commercial Structure Fire
This Near Miss report discusses a situation where firefighters advancing on a hose line during a commercial fire became disoriented.