Our department has been experimenting with oversized carabiners in rapid intervention training (RIT) operations. We have found them to be a very cost-effective means of speeding up RIT operations. The carabiners discussed here were purchased from a local hardware store for $4.99 each and can easily be handled with a gloved hand (photo 1). The webbing can be purchased for as little as 22 cents a foot. 1,2,3,4,Click here to enlarge imageThe clips can be used to secure the RIT bag to the downed firefighter. After locating the firefighter, mitigating his problem, and connecting him to a supplemental air supply, you will have to secure the bag to the downed fighter before you can move him to...

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