Reports of missing children! A team of firefighters is operating on the floor above the fire, conducting a primary search. The engine company loses water. The firefighters are notified via portable radio to retreat until the engine regains its water supply. The firefighters return to the same...
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There are certain safety factors that the rapid intervention team should understand. First and foremost, team members operate from the command post as a unit, under direct command of their officer who receives orders from the IC. The other criteria:
- Portable ladders placed, when necessary, as ordered by the IC.
- At least one member involved in portable ladder operations be equipped with a portable radio.
- Members confine operations to the front of the fire building so as to be kept under limited supervision of their officer.
- The rapid intervention team must monitor radio traffic and continually size-up the fire building.
- All firefighting personnel, regardless of rank, should be in full turnout gear, with mask available and ready to help if a member becomes distressed.
Michael M. Dugan is an 11-year veteran of the FDNY, serving as a lieutenant in the South Bronx and Harlem. He is a former volunteer firefighter and is a lecturer at the Suffolk County, NY, Fire Academy. Dugan received the James Gordon Bennett Medal in 1992 and the Dr. Harry M. Archer Medal in 1993, the FDNY's highest awards for bravery.