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ESTABLISHING A RIT FROM THE GROUND UP BY DAVID MILEN

12/01/2006
Man-made or natural disasters often overwhelm emergency workers, resources, and the ability of other organizations to respond from different locations. The emergency scene renders a multifaceted approach for incident commanders (IC) to ensure the safety of personnel involved in the operations. Safety management on the emergency scene can be effected through fire personnel training, effective leadership management, and standard operating procedure (SOPs) and guideline (SOGs) development.1,2 For firefighters to survive the many risks faced on the fireground, fire departments should consider rapid intervention teams (RITs) as one of their mainstays. Company officers must maintain awareness o...

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