Positives and Negatives learned...
Well, our RIT has been running fairly smooth since it was started up. Our call volume has increased, and manpower has been fairly ok. My question to all persons involved with RIT! Any Positives or Negatives encountered while running RIT? <--------- (Besides Manpower - This is a problem as all of us know). I have had firefighters from mutual aid area's tell me that they feel much more comfortable knowing that we are there, and ready. The training I recieved in the RIT was excellent. The overall course design was excellent, and keyed on radio procedures, Rapid S&R, Enlarged Openings, Incident Command Structure, Accountibility, Team Leader Accountability (PAR). These are things that most courses do not offer. Some of these you may have touched on in basic classes, but you really go into it in the RIT, and Ive learned alot from this. And the dispatch centers have started activated the RIT 1st alarm as requested.
Now, some Negatives.... Manpower, which is a given, And oh yea, you ready......the RIT wanting to enter the fire and do interior work. <----------- Jim, you said this would happen. And being toned out for the average chimney fire, only to get cancelled pretty much everycall. Other than this, I think everything has been going well. Any idea's, new procedures, ups, downs, anything that will benifit us, post it and lets see what has been going on.
And just one more thing that I have noticed since starting up our RIT team. We have been doing a hell of a lot of interior firefighting after the backup RIT arrives. I would have to say that 50 percent of the time, the IC tells us to start fire suppresion.<-------- This IS after the RIT from another department arrives, which when a structure fire is dispatched, we automatically start 2 departments for RIT.
Clairton Fire Dept