What tools do you stage for RIC?
Didn't want to hijack the Mayday alarm level thread, so thought I'd start one seeing what you/your company typically does if you're assigned to RIC (or whatever your term is for rapid intervention). For us, a lot of it is company decided, although we do have some general guidelines. Any of our companies may be assigned RIC. Below is what I typically do with my crew if we're assigned:
- Walk around to view all exits, building layout/construction, hazards, etc.
- Throw at least a couple ladders to upper level windows and broadcast where they are positioned
- Remove any window coverings if installed on exterior that may hinder exit
- Monitor radio traffic for where crews are operating
- Assemble tools we standby with at an area close to the fire building including the following:
**RIC pack (extra SCBA(s) if none availaible)
**Chain saw and quickie saw to make new exterior accesses as needed (i.e. turning a window into a door)
**Axes/handtools since saws won't work inside
**Backboard, straight ladder, attic ladder for distributing weight on a floor as needed as well as dropping down to a floor below if needed
**Normal assigned hand tools/flashlights
**Other tools as situation/occupancy may dictate
We stage with our tool cache to select what we need for whatever the situation may be.
SIDE BAR ON OUR RIC PACKS:
We carry large 4500 psi SCBA bottle packed with air lines that consist of a rapid fill universal quick connect for our packs, connection for buddy breathing line for our packs, spare SCBA mask connected to a regulator (in case of a damaged mask, we're with a neighboring department that doesn't use our type of packs, or there are problems with the previous connection options), and a connection for an air line from on-scene cascade on our heavy rescue to the RIC pack if needed.
We carry our RIC packs on each BC vehicle, heavy rescue, one truck and my quint so there is generally always at least one on a scene.
I typically assign one of my guys to be responsible for the RIC pack and have him go through it there to be focused on it and make sure everything is in order as it should be, particularly if we end up with one off another rig.
We've also placed large pear shaped non-locking carabiners on our RIC packs so we can clip it to a down FF so it stays with him if we're dragging him out, or if he's partially through a floor and ends up falling on through, it goes with him.
How about you???