Rit Team Assignments Suck

Pro-Active Rapid Intervention Teams

No one used to like being the RIT team.  I used to hate it and I would do everything possible to get out of it.  Then one day I realized how stupid I was being – being assigned rapid intervention could be viewed as a compliment.  Essentially, the IC is saying – I trust you so much that if the WORST POSSIBLE THING that could happen, happens – I trust you to handle it.

So why did/do people “hate” being RIT?  Usually because they’re go-getter firemen who want to be working and they see RIT as standing around.  And in many places, that’s what RIT used to do, or still does.  But somewhere along the line, we got smarter…  Companies assigned to RIT can also accomplish tasks that prevent the RIT team from being deployed.  

Of course the first argument here is that if the RIT team is working, they are not rested and ready to perform a firefighter rescue if nessecary.  Agreed.  When you’re RIT – there is a fine line between doing too much and doing nothing.  Here are my thoughts:

  • The RIT should not engage in any activities that, if abandoned, would create a more hazardous situation.
  • Members of the RIT should not perform any activities that require donning their SCBA mask.
  • If the RIT leader identifies a task that violates the above rules yet, in his opinion, must be immediately completed for imminent safety reasons he should consult with the IC for direction before engaging.

So what are some tasks that a pro-active RIT can perform?

  • The RIT could fix the placement of these ladders and clear the other windows for egress.

    Circle-check of the building.  This should have been performed by an initial company already, but this gives the RIT a chance to see the whole building and the firefighting operations underway.  The RIT can spot potential problems, plan for deployment, and identify safety issues.  If the building is too large, then that means additional RIT teams are needed and the IC should be made aware.
  • Place additional ground ladders for egress.
  • Force additional doors for egress.
  • Ventilate & clear additional windows, as appropriate, for egress.
  • Forcing this exterior door & removing the security gate could prevent, or aide, a RIT deployment later.

    Control gas & electric utilities, if located on the exterior.
  • Remove security bars & gates.
  • Un-kink hoselines.   

Other tasks for the RIT leader:

  • Don’t get sucked in to the above tasks.  Keep an eye on your crew and make sure they’re not crossing the threshold and becoming too involved.
  • If possible, consult with the IC.  Get and idea what’s going on, what companies are doing what, and if the fire is going out or heading south.
  • Brief your team.  If you get deployed, who is bringing what & doing what?
Posted by Nicholas Martin | Posted in Blog, RIT / Survival, Tips & Skills | Posted on 31-01-2009

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