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Rapid intervention teams (RIT), rapid intervention companies (RIC), firefighter assist and search teams (FAST), or whatever you call them—all serve the same purpose. They are there to help their brothers and sisters who become lost, trapped, or injured. Although such a team is not a new concept for some departments, other departments are just starting to implement them. For those departments that are hesitant about instituting a RIT, staffing seems to be the main obstacle. If staffing is the deterrent, then what is the alternative?Some departments, as you will see, send a full engine crew to serve as a RIT to all incidents, even the initial response to a fire. Some send truck compan...

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