Firefighter Rescue: Ready for RIT

By David DeStefano Virtually every fire department in the nation understands the importance of establishing and maintaining a rapid intervention team (RIT) at fires and other high-hazard incidents. There is little question that, if managed properly, this is a proactive step toward firefighter safety. Most fire departments maintain a list of basic equipment to be assembled by the RIT based on the hazards that are most often encountered. However, the most important aspect of establishing and maintaining an effective RIT can’t be required in a policy or on a list; it is the preparedness and mindset of RIT members and how they use their most important piece of equipment, the one under their ...

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