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Rapid Intervention Basics for Firefighters

By Jeff Schwering In today's fire service, firefighters tend to lump things together in an effort to "get it all finished at once." We attempt to sprint first and learn to crawl later--the opposite of the common sense that we were taught as children. We need to tap back into this commonsense thinking in regard to rapid intervention teams (RIT). Nearly 100 firefighters are killed in the line of duty every year; in 2009, there were 32,205 injuries on the fireground, according to the United States Fire Administration. Rapid intervention was not widely recognized until the 1990s, but there are times when even the rescuers need to be rescued. In this regard, attempting to do more wit...

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