The Rapid Intervention Reality of Your Fire Department

Last month’s column outlined five points to consider in assessing your fire department’s true rapid intervention team (RIT) capability, using the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1407 Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention...


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The next thing that the RIT should be looking at is where the closest engine is located and what equipment is available for its use if needed. Are there extra ladders, an additional line if needed or even a master-stream device that could provide protection? In the same breath, where is the closest aerial device? Can the members of the RIT operate it if they have to? What other tools are available to use off that piece of equipment if needed?

The most important point is to be ready for the potential job at hand and help prevent that potential job from happening. Although we do not want to rely on these firefighters as the ultimate insurance policy, they are our last chance to bring one of our own home safely should the need arise. Is your department ready to meet this challenge?