Rapid Intervention Team: RIT for Real

By PAUL STRONG My light bulb came on in 2007 during a meeting; a flood of ideas on firefighter rescue training rolled through my brain. I realized the fire service was fooling itself into thinking that it had been preparing its rescuers to a standard that may not even come close to a real-world potential. Perhaps for the first time in my career, I thought about firefighter rescue not from the standpoint of how well I performed my training but how well trained I want my rescuers to be if I were in trouble. Putting myself in a down firefighter's boots and thinking of the rescue from his perspective, I built a realistic view on what should happen to save my life. First, consider that every s...

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