Thread: RIT training
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:22   #5
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We have actually done most aspects of RIT. The LT. at my station is big into training, and does a kick ass job of doing it. We use a two team RIT aspect.

We start with a RECON team, then a HEAVY team:

RECON TEAM - Two members, taking with them the Thermal Camera, rope bag, irons, radios. This team will do an find the down firefighter(s), and radio a report to command. Once downed firefighter(s) is located, they will assess condition. If conscious, and able to move, they will assist him/her out of the structure. If firefighter is unable to move/unconscious they will secure waist strap of SCBA between groin, check air supply/mask condition, and attempt to move downed firefighter out of harms way.

If RECON team is unable to move firefighter, then:

HEAVY TEAM - The rest of the RIT team will bring ALL the tools/supplies to the location of the downed firefighter(saw, RIT bag{with universal SCBA appliances}, tools, rope, etc...). At that time, ALL members will do what is needed to remove firefighter from the elements(via stairs, ladders, wall breaching, through floors/ceilings, etc...).

Some companies here dont like the RIT/FAST idea. Some chiefs prefer the "ondeck" method. Take the 3,4, or 5th unit in, and have them "ondeck", with proper supplies to act as RIT/FAST team.

One thing that really gets me is, when a company is called for this function, and once they get on scene, they start to loosen up. The worst thing to happen is, a firefighter goes down, and the RIT/FAST/ONDECK are not ready, with their coats off, SCBA off, etc...
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