Drill of the Week: RIT Back-up Team Drill

By Forest Reeder

Research into the effectiveness of rapid intervention team (RIT) deployments suggests that the first RIT being deployed to an emergency should be considered a triage team or search team. The amount of available air versus the level of difficulty in getting your objective complete does not match up. Initial RIT may have to stabilize the situation while additional RITs respond into the area for the actual rescue. This is not a hard and fast rule, but it remains a vital issue that must be considered. Many studies have found that it may take up to 12 firefighters to rescue one firefighter. There are many variables that affect this, and your own study should take place to determine your team’s capabilities and limitations.

This drill provides a basic overview of back-up team responsibilities and a brief scenario you can practice these skills with inside your fire apparatus bay. Review any applicable procedures for this operation, place increased emphasis on air management, and use good communications skills.

Download this week’s firefighter training drill as a PDF HERE.

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.


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