Drill of the Week: Survival Training: Forcible Egress Techniques

07/18/2005
Firefighters continue to perish to the tune of more than 100 annually. Despite our best efforts, this number has remained constant. Overall, occurrences of structure fires have declined through the years. Our fire prevention efforts are working. But why are we still dying?Entrapment is one reason. Despite the evolution of the RIT concept, when firefighters become trapped, depending on the severity of the situation, they are unable to free ourselves and it takes time for RITs to find them. Creating means of egress such as breaching walls is one option. However, we do not have the opportunity to train in existing buildings and get a real feel for the exertion involved with this type of oper...

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