SAVING OUR OWN: THE RAPID INTERVENTION TEAM CHECKLIST

01/01/1998
SAVING OUR OWN: THE RAPID INTERVENTION TEAM CHECKLIST BY RICK KOLOMAY AND BOB HOFFThe officer of the rapid intervention team, or RIT (see "The Rapid Intervention Team Officer, July 1997), should be "in touch" with the behavior of the building and the fire until released from the scene. This will require the officer to physically size up the building often. Even after extinguishment, many firefighters have fallen victim to injury and death during overhaul due to building collapse, injury from tools, falls, and many other causes. Although the RIT officer may be on the opposite side of the building--also opposite of the remainder of the team--doing a size-up, the officer can still be reached...

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