Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

RIT Activation and Firefighter Optimization

Issue 6 and Volume 173.

BY JOSH BURCHICK “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday,” rang loud over the portable radios from the Engine 101 officer. There was an immediate silence from all personnel on the fireground; the only sound was the loud hum of the engines of parked apparatus. Brown smoke pushed from the windows, doors, and eaves of the 8,400-square-foot home. On the scene for one minute and 45 seconds, the third-due engine and second-due truck were assigned to rapid intervention (photos 1-2). (1) An aerial view of the fire building. [Photos by Howard County (MD) Department of Fire & Rescue Services (HCDFRS).] (2) Engine 61’s crew attempted to enter side A to cool the fire from above but couldn’t because of conditions. Soon after, they redeployed to side C to make an additional RIT, if needed. RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING Initial RIT Response Uncommitted Tactical Reserve Assignment: The RIT Assist Team Rapid Intervention: Focus on the R’s…

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