The Role of the RIT Officer

BY MARK GREGORY Today's fireground has changed considerably over the past 25 years. Building construction, the use of synthetics over natural materials, and the improvement in personal protective equipment (PPE) have contributed to an increase in the number of firefighters getting into trouble. It seems as if the word "Mayday" is being put to use more and more. What does this mean for rapid intervention team (RIT) members? As I see it, the job of the RIT is not only to be there when the problem occurs but also to try to prevent the problem. Proactive fireground tactics should always be stressed to our personnel. The proper placement of hoselines, positive water supply sources, a...

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