March 21, 2003.
It was a normal evening for the crew of Colerain, Ohio Township’s Engine 26. The guys were cleaning up after dinner.
Then the dispatcher interrupted them with a call to a structure fire.
When they arrived on scene, the crew found a single-family residence with flames showing. Police said there might be someone trapped inside.
Lt. Steve Conn and a rookie partner made entry and began to search.
Minutes later, Steve found himself in a world of trouble.
What happened next taught him a lot about dealing with mayday situations and their aftermath.
Steve Conn is a battalion chief and a public information officer for the Colerain Township, Ohio, Department of Fire and EMS where he has served for over 30 years.
He is also a registered nurse with 30 years of experience in interventional cardiology.
Steve’s mayday call: