Firefighter RIT


Ray McCormack      

Shelter - Breach - Escape

The possibility of becoming trapped by fire is something all firefighters need to consider, Ray McCormack writes.


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Firefighter RIT, Mayday, and self-rescue videos.

Firefighter RIT Articles

Firefighters Escape Close Call in Wind-Driven Fire

Five members of the Boise (ID) Fire Department narrowly avoid being buried in a structural collapse.

RIT Operations: Making the Stairs

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Department Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Tradidions Training drill which focuses...

Simulation Training: Decision-Making Aid

Computer simulations can help incident commanders to make life-and-death decisions rapidly on the fireground, regardl...

RIT Communications, Activities, and Deployments at Structural Fires

In this course, students will review the NFPA Standard on Rapid Intervention Crews (RIC), discover recommendations fo...

Rope-Assisted Search Procedures in Large-Area Structures

Searching a large area when there is an urgency to save lives is a huge undertaking. Presented are simple, but concre...


Idaho Firefighters Escape Wildfire; Apparatus Destroyed

Firefighters in Idaho had a near miss when a wildfire overran a Richfield Fire Department apparatus.

Firefighters Hurt in Pennsylvania Tower Ladder Failure

Three Pennsylvania firefighters were hospitalized after suffered reported nonlife-threatening injuries after a tower ladder failed last night.

Detroit Firefighter Injured in Fire at Structure Owned by Hospital

A Detroit firefighter was injured fighting a fire in a building owned by Henry Ford Hospital.

California Firefighter Narrowly Avoids 10-Foot Fall

A San Bernardino firefighter narrowly avoided falling 10 feet into a basement while fighting a fire late Friday.

Burning School Bus Rolls Toward Fire Apparatus

Video captured a school bus fire in Minnesota. The burning bus rolls toward a fire apparatus, which backs away from the flames.


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Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban search and rescue operations, wall-scaling technology, and a tool for increasing situational awareness over expansive fire scenes, such as in wildland firefighting.


Big Storms, Big Emergencies

In this course, discuss the reason unusual conditions lead to unusual problems during big storms and discover how to preplan with your local utility. Learn the hazards bystanders pose to first responders and how to identify critical and dangerous infrastructure in your area.

First Due Battalion Chief

First-Due Battalion Chief: Information Is Vital

When it comes to firefighting in modern buildings, building construction information can go a long way toward keeping firefighters safe, Dan Sheridan writes.

From the Jumpseat

From the Jumpseat: The Safety/Identity Conflict

Do the stories that make up how firefighters think of themselves actually make it more difficult for them to operate safely on the fireground? Mark J. Cotter reviews a scientific study that says yes.

Dunn's Dispatch

Dunn's Dispatch: Rekindle Fires

Preventing a rekindle is a team responsibility. Vincent Dunn discusses the implications of a rekindle and the importance of overhaul operations.


DICERS-VO: Protecting the Egress

Ray McCormack on how applying the DICERS-VO model allows you to protect your egress point on the fireground.

Industrial Firefighting

Kimtek's MEDLITE Transport a Perfect Fit for 2014 Yamaha Viking

In its new lineup of larger side-by-side utility vehicles, Yamaha Motor Corporation has introduced the 2014 Yamaha Viking, a new UTV model that readily accommodates the Kimtek MEDLITE Transport skid units.


Firefighters Escape Close Call in Wind-Driven Fire

Five members of the Boise (ID) Fire Department narrowly avoid being buried in a structural collapse.

Structural Firefighting

Firefighters Respond to Palisades Park (NJ) Structure Fire

Smoke alarms did their job when Palisades Park (NJ) volunteer firefighters were toned out to an alarm activation in a Bergen Boulevard two-story commercial building shortly after 6 a.m. on July 23.

Wildland Firefighting

Polartec, True North Collaborate to Benefit Wildland Fire Foundation

True North Gear has collaborated with Polartec to produce and sell 2,000 limited edition, flame resistant t-shirts to raise money for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation as the U.S. braces for its worst wildland fire season.


NTSB: New Jersey Train Derailment and Hazardous Material Release Caused by Lack of Crew Training to Identify Locked Bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined today the probable cause of a derailment at Paulsboro Bridge in New Jersey, which resulted in a hazardous material release.


Responsibility and Response Ability, Part 2

If a fire department does not know its responsibilities, the effectiveness of its response ability will be hampered, and responder safety will be compromised, writes Eric G. Bachman.

Top News

Nash County (NC) Firefighters Respond to Multi-Vehicle Wreck on Interstate 95

July 31, 2014

Firefighters responded to a serious accident that involved six vehicles in Nash County, North Carolina.

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