Rapid Intervention Team: Are You Ready?

BY ROBERT L. GRAYIf you were assigned to be a member of a rapid intervention team (RIT) during your next structure fire-or had to command a fireground rescue as a chief officer-are you confident that you would be up to the task of successfully responding to a firefighter Mayday? The idea of having a group of dedicated and specially trained firefighters standing by to “rescue the rescuers” has been embraced by most fire departments for many years. However, as the years have passed since this concept was first introduced, a sense of complacency among some firefighters has resulted from the belief that “if we haven’t needed one up to now, we probably never will.&rdquo...

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