Evaluating the Amarillo Fire Department Mayday Guidelines

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By Marcus Lusk


The Amarillo Fire Department (AFD) adopted guidelines for Mayday events after a firefighter was endangered by a collapse, but had not determined if they met fire service laws and practices. The research's purpose was to determine, through evaluative research, possible guideline modifications by reviewing AFD guidelines, outside department's procedures, and state and national regulations. The procedures included a literature review and surveys of local and statewide fire departments. The results were the identification of components that Mayday guidelines should address and the incompatibility of AFD procedures with those of mutual aid departments. Recommendations included modifications to AFD guidelines, research into legal implications of Texas statutory requirements, petitioning of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) committees, and development of a committee to standardize mutual aid procedures.