Tue, 16 Sep 2008|
Jim McCormack discusses the positions, tools, and functions of each member of the rapid intervention team.
-- -- What we're gonna talk about now is the positions and assignments of -- -- team in the tools that those positions and have with them. A lot of -- teams across the country right now have not formally assigned to positions and functions of its members. If you think about our engine company worker truck company work we have a fixed positions and assignments and we really need to do the same thing for rapid -- -- team. You have to put in perspective something's happened to one of our own on the fire ground so we really need to be on top of this when we -- inside. Ideally would have a four person Ric team. Minimum would be three four is just a little bit more efficient and it gives you a little bit more. What's power manpower to get people low when in need -- actually go to the removal. The first position on the -- team the most important one is the officer. And before we get into his tools we'll talk about tools in general everybody on the -- team should have a radio and they should also have some type of flashlight. What we want as a box flashlight on everybody visibility is absolutely critical on the inside. When you get to have to work where you find -- victim. Have -- this flashlight will be great haven't went on to jackets fine but this gives -- a little bit more industry operates in -- things. The -- officer the first position that we -- -- talk about the most important position on the written. This guy's job is to manage the team to guide the team and -- communicate inside and outside. Everybody in the -- team operating inside can be no further than voice contact this is absolutely critical and again remember something already happened so it's critical to stay within voice contact. The -- job is to communicated communicates benchmarks to be outside and he communicates inside with his team to give to gain information -- information. And then actually process that a determined which way to go. The -- toll is is camera. The office is gonna take that thermal camera and use the camera to oversee the operates -- to guide the team on the inside. To watch conditions and maybe even find the victim but its primary function is not looking for that victim -- it's looking at the team guiding them to directions to locations on the inside. So that they can move efficiently. Try and locate this fire -- The next position we call navigation -- supply and in this is a critical position that serves two functions. The first function is navigation and up until the point the victim -- found this person is responsible for a tag line to the outside. This person's tools first our -- tagline. We normally -- as a -- -- tag line which is roughly. Long pre connect so we know -- -- in. This is the extent of that -- line on the inside that's how we usually measured. This president's job with the tagline is to secure it to the outside and simply manage this rope on the inside this gives that concrete exit. And a concrete path for another bit independent and help you -- to get to you with new resources to replace you. When the victim -- found that. -- his hand into the officer and in the officer will tie it somewhere in the of the victim and in the office and maintains that rope for the duration. The guide the team in the victim -- was simply to guide the team. Oh or two and to a new location. The second piece of equipment that the navigation it takes is the -- impact. And we'll just show all yeah we have a -- back right -- that this person will take and Google will global what the act does in a later segment. Up until -- -- the victims found the navigation -- supply present simply moves that. That written back in there within me keeps control of it in any moves up and uses it when the victim has been found. The third position in the fourth position if you have four people is searched. One of the things we found over and over again is that the -- team has not assigned a function of sorts. And honestly the most important task to retain as when -- deployed as to find a 55. So we've. Given the search team a set of irons. If there's -- -- people the search notice what they irons between him. And they take this and this is all they take this streamlined their fast and they can move aggressively. To find that their -- fire -- When they find the fire fight out this specific functions that these guys have. The first guy that finds a five fight it needs to yell out that he found the firefighter and wait for acknowledgment and as simple as that sounds. If he doesn't weigh in the team may be -- in the different direction in the may be delayed getting too so we have to wait for acknowledgment so that the teams on their way to him. The team will move to long once the once he has found a minute and then yelled out and got acknowledgment then you'll reset the five minutes past the vice defiant tone down on the environment on the inside. And then -- convert its -- up which will also -- in the latest segment. The second search firefighter will move -- to the victim. And from that point you'll -- a -- six to ten feet around that victim looking for another exit. If he finds one that -- come back and deploy that tag line to that exit if it doesn't then they'll come back and he'll wait. And in go with the -- direction on what he needs to do and at this time the F supply person will have moved out. And from that point -- security of supply of firefighter will be packaged and now the team will be ready to remove this by Arafat it to the outside. During the entire event the offices communicating with the outside and ideally business -- team deployed to commit in this this story -- the first team. Get this guy.