My department's SOG's also doesn't have our RIT masked up while on standby. Tools are laid out on a tarp and 1 hour cylinders are switched to.
If this is your departmental SOG then you have to work around it.
When I swam competitively once upon a time we used either commercial lens defogger or baby shampoo works just as well. Check swimming, snowboarding, scuba diving shops for commercial defogger.
you keep the truck doors open to let them come in?
I've never seen a fire dept. in VA that kept their bay doors open.
You don't need the face piece on your face standing by as a member of the RIT.
Have it handy so it can be in place on your face, in less than a minute.
About the station doors, I guess you haven't been all over Virginia. I don't where you have been but a lot of career fire stations across the Commonwealth will have the overhead doors in the open position during the days when the weather permits it.
The truck door usually will remain open as well, while the company in quarters. What would the purpose be to keep them closed?
Williams, New Kent, JCC, York, Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton, Henrico, VB, Richmond, just to name a few.
But we're not getting off topic today.
OK, enough of that, carry on with the mask & RIT discussion.
You are the one who got off the topic!
As far as the bay doors, some fire houses leave them close, due to the area they are in. Too many unscrupulous people walking around may slip in and steal some gear. Therefore the houses where this may present a problem keep the door closed, the doors locked.
In fact when they turn out for a call of service, they make sure the doors are down before heading up or down the street. I have seen a lot of items stolen from fire houses in these areas by leaving the doors open day or night and when they are out on a run.
Years back, in the summer, we seldom closed the bay doors. Of course we had a watch man awake all night on a rotating watch.
Of course they are some houses that keep the doors down, to keep the trolls away too!
IMO, for RIT leave the masks off till you get the call, then keep them off till you're where you need to be ie: in the back of the building or wherever. RIT companies need to be set up early and that company needs to stay RIT till it is determined that RIT's not needed anymore. That company gets to watch the incident progress and can kind of keep track of who's where. Also by having your mask on it makes it hard to communicate with the rest of the team because you have to speak loud enough to over come wearing the mask. Every incident is different, in a fire in a SFD you may be out front where as in an apartment you may be on the floor below the fire with your equipment.
It's not like BPFD1 is going to make entry any time soon.
While we dont carry actual blueprints of buildings, we do carry what we call VBIs. These are forms generated by the companies that give valuable information pertaining to locations of standpipes, stairwells, elevators, utilities and other pertinant information. They may contain an actual drawing of the building with floor layouts and such. They are carried on all engines in the city. Each engine carries a copy of their first and second due VBIs in a binder broken down by address. They should be updated yearly or as often as changes need to be made. A copy is forwarded to the second due engine when a change is made in the VBI. The VBI for the building is retrieved by the IC when he feels its warranted. This generally means and all hands fire or multiple alarm.
The nose piece in the mask serves a purpose, which is to decrease the lens fogging but as we all know it doesn't do enough. I have noticed that if I am off air and am concentrating on my breathing I can control it enough to where the fogging is minimal, but that all goes out the window once I go to work. But since you are on the RIT team, I'm sure the SOP is to stay in one place and be on alert at all times while there are crew(s) inside the structure. I would use this as an advantage to concentrate on your breathing, while staying alert at the same time. Just takes practice.