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Rapid Intervention Alternatives

BY KEVIN W. MUNSON JR. AND JOHN H. OATESRapid Intervention Team (RIT) skills have progressed rapidly since the introduction and acceleration of the RIT concept. There are a number of techniques, tricks, and other methods for removing downed firefighters. All the techniques we have seen lack one crucial element—simplicity. As we examined our medium-sized metropolitan department, we were left with this painful conclusion: As a whole, we were ill-prepared to handle the worst-case fireground scenario of a downed firefighter. We are fairly certain that our department is not alone in this dilemma. Although we trained our members in a variety of techniques and have identified solutions and ...

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