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    I am working on a project for our Training Chief. We would like to know how other departments are managing radio channels during a RIT operation and who manages the RIT operation. Please facts / SOP's only. We have already argued this to death.

    1. What is your department SOP concerning switching channels during a RIT operation?

    2. Does the RIT switch channels or the other fireground resources? Or does everyone stay on the same channel?

    3. Does the Incident Commander take the RIT operation and turn the fireground operations over to another Chief or does he maintain the fireground and give the RIT operastion to another Chief?

    4. Has your department actually deployed a RIT on an emergency call (not during a training exercise)? If you have, did the channel switch work well or not? Did the IC follow the SOP regarding who manages the RIT operation or did he keep it himself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orlandofireman View Post
    We would like to know how other departments are managing radio channels during a RIT operation and who manages the RIT operation. Please facts / SOP's only. We have already argued this to death.
    We operate two frequencies on repeaters, and thirteen channels without. Every incident in the city has a main channel and a fire ground channel. The main channel utilizes the repeater, while the fire ground does not. Typically a radio can broadcast several blocks without a repeater.

    As far as RIT policy, without getting too deep into it, we now dispatch three truck companies on every box. The 2nd due truck is designated the RIT company, and the third due goes to work, on paper. 99.9% of the time the 2nd truck goes to work and the third becomes RIT, unless they’re needed for firefighting operations. The policy was written in order to give a chief some leeway with assigning companies; oddly enough, some chiefs will not deviate from a policy, no matter what.

    I won’t get into tools, equipment or training standards, unless you want to, so this is just the basics.


    Quote Originally Posted by orlandofireman View Post
    1. What is your department SOP concerning switching channels during a RIT operation?
    We have no policy right now, everything stays on the assigned frequencies. Local 2 has a very good and progressive RIT policy, which is one that many places would do good to copy.
    I personally would like our RIT to have their own frequency. There are arguments against it, namely a communication gap should fire conditions deteriorate, and an evacuation be necessary.

    However, if you have a serious RIT, in which a member is trapped by structural components, and lifting, breaching, or some kind of complicated extrication is needed, I would rather have our own channel. Communication will be key for the members functioning as RIT for air management, tools needed, and everyone talking specifically about the operation.
    I could see problems if a RIT is trying to operate on the same channel as the fire ground, and potentially important messages being missed or lost.


    Quote Originally Posted by orlandofireman View Post
    2. Does the RIT switch channels or the other fireground resources? Or does everyone stay on the same channel?
    See above.

    Quote Originally Posted by orlandofireman View Post
    3. Does the Incident Commander take the RIT operation and turn the fireground operations over to another Chief or does he maintain the fireground and give the RIT operastion to another Chief?
    Right now, we dispatch two battalion chiefs on every fire, along with an incident safety officer. As of right now, the support chief is supposed to take command of the RIT incident, should one arise.
    The problem is, we depend on both chiefs to run the fire operation, if a RIT is put into the operation, our chiefs will now be managing both the firefight, and the rescue.

    We are trying to have the ISO take over the RIT operation, as they are there anyway, and are also written into our IC structure.
    Again, check with Local-2, they dispatch and assign a RIT chief on every fire.


    Quote Originally Posted by orlandofireman View Post
    4. Has your department actually deployed a RIT on an emergency call (not during a training exercise)? If you have, did the channel switch work well or not? Did the IC follow the SOP regarding who manages the RIT operation or did he keep it himself?

    Yes, numerous times. In fact, we have a member receiving the Ray Downey award this year, for rescuing his company officer following a floor collapse.
    Most of our RIT uses have been relatively non-complicated, and very quickly resolved, as luck would have it. We have been fortunate that more complicated scenarios have not truly taxed our RIT policy. The opinion of many here is that if we have a complicated scenario, we are going to be burying guys.

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