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  • Rapid Intervention Training

    What do you consider rapid intervention training and what type of training does your department offer? How often do you run through it? Does your department have training props?

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    Our RIT Training

    We brought-out a Training Cadre (a few Guys) from some surrounding Departments (primarily our local County FD) that specialize in this type of training. We focused on the "Denver Drill", Calling in the Mayday, FF Rescue, FF Rescue Techniques, FF Self Rescue, Air Management, Physical Fitness and Mental Stability of the FF, the "Progressive/Aggressive and Mobile RIT, Softening the Structure and the statistics from Phoenix FD.

    We also covered this at the Rio Hondo Truck Academy. There they cover similar topics and then we performed a simulated Commercial RIT activation in a Wide Rise. They also cover the "Nance Drill" which is awesome. It's a huge eye-opener when you actually perform the exercise.

    As far as Training Props, yes my Department has some. They are built into our Training Tower. We also went to a building that is set to be burned on the 17th of this month and we went and did "FF Self Rescue/Breaching Walls" training. We tied this into Forcible Entry training for some of our new FF/PMs. We purchased a bit of RIT Equipment this year and put it in-service on our Truck Company. As far as my Crew goes, I feel we are really solid on RIT Operations.

    FHEditor, how about finding some of the C.O. and Chiefs that have been involved in RIT activations and covering what went well and not so well in an article each month?

    One area that I feel many FDs are weak in is "Managing the RIT Activation." Would be nice if there were some classes developed to make this a strength for all FDs.
    Last edited by mikeyboy; 11-14-2010, 03:38 PM. Reason: Didn't answer all the questions.....
    "Be LOUD, Be PROUD..... It just might save your can someday when goin' through an intersection!!!!!"

    Life on the Truck (Quint) is good.....

    Eat til you're sleepy..... Sleep til you're hungry..... And repeat.....

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    • #3
      Mikeyboy,

      Thanks for the feedback, it's really appreciated! That's an excellent idea and I'd love to talk with members who were involved in Maydays and RIT deployments to share their experiences and advice.

      We recorded a roundtable podcast at Firehouse Expo this year called "Preparing for Tomorrow's RIT Deployment Today" http://www.firehouse.com/podcast/fir...ployment-today. One of the guests called a Mayday and he shares the details from the incident, including being on the wrong radio channel and the department's RIT policies.

      We'll be recording a similar show at Firehouse World in San Diego this winter, standby for those details. Hopefully you're at the show.

      If you know anyone who would make a good subject, shoot me a PM or e-mail me at: [email protected].

      Stay safe,
      Pete

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      • #4
        Just thinking out loud here..

        To me, it seems as though RIT training should be separated out into two separate trainings; proactive and reactive.

        Proactive RIT training - staying out of "mayday" situations, softening the structure, etc..

        Reactive RIT training - firefighter removal and rescue.

        Is there anybody that does training like this?
        Cognition before Ignition

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        • #5
          We currently don't but I do like that idea..... Mind if I borrow it?
          "Be LOUD, Be PROUD..... It just might save your can someday when goin' through an intersection!!!!!"

          Life on the Truck (Quint) is good.....

          Eat til you're sleepy..... Sleep til you're hungry..... And repeat.....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mikeyboy View Post
            We currently don't but I do like that idea..... Mind if I borrow it?
            I like the idea too.

            Of course you can borrow it.

            I am a Captain currently assigned to the Training Division and it has been a concept I have been think about for a long time. I would love to implement the concept at my FD.

            If you choose to do something with the concept, let me know what you come up with and I will do the same.

            Thanks!
            Cognition before Ignition

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            • #7
              Originally posted by J.Beck View Post
              Just thinking out loud here..

              To me, it seems as though RIT training should be separated out into two separate trainings; proactive and reactive.

              Proactive RIT training - staying out of "mayday" situations, softening the structure, etc..

              Reactive RIT training - firefighter removal and rescue.

              Is there anybody that does training like this?
              I agree with what you say no matter how well you are trained, some things do happen...

              Proactive RIT such as why do we not do the "basics" anymore? Lack of training? Some of the classes I have done it is amazing how some can't even put their gear on properly and barley can get their SCBA on at that... Then to top it off some people have an excuse!! That is unreal, there is no reason that they shouldn't be able to don their ppe properly. Then it is interesting to see them just do a search. Lack of training on drill night...

              But to answer that as you say I work on basics with our people and FF Survival quite a bit.

              Then the reactive is somewhat putting the proactive together. And of course reaching the down ff and doing what neeeds to be done to package them for removal. ..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dday05 View Post
                I agree with what you say no matter how well you are trained, some things do happen...

                Proactive RIT such as why do we not do the "basics" anymore? Lack of training? Some of the classes I have done it is amazing how some can't even put their gear on properly and barley can get their SCBA on at that... Then to top it off some people have an excuse!! That is unreal, there is no reason that they shouldn't be able to don their ppe properly. Then it is interesting to see them just do a search. Lack of training on drill night...

                But to answer that as you say I work on basics with our people and FF Survival quite a bit.

                Then the reactive is somewhat putting the proactive together. And of course reaching the down ff and doing what neeeds to be done to package them for removal. ..
                +1

                You're right! Focusing on the basics is a form of "proactive" RIT.

                Love it..
                Cognition before Ignition

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                • #9
                  Sweet thanks... Will do. Send me a P.M. with an email address and I'll share the training I have with you.

                  Plus, when we're finished with it I will send you a copy of our RIT/RIC SOP.
                  "Be LOUD, Be PROUD..... It just might save your can someday when goin' through an intersection!!!!!"

                  Life on the Truck (Quint) is good.....

                  Eat til you're sleepy..... Sleep til you're hungry..... And repeat.....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mikeyboy View Post
                    Sweet thanks... Will do. Send me a P.M. with an email address and I'll share the training I have with you.

                    Plus, when we're finished with it I will send you a copy of our RIT/RIC SOP.
                    Thanks Mikey!

                    I will do the same..
                    Cognition before Ignition

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FHEditor View Post
                      ....Does your department have training props?
                      If you have a firehouse, you have a prop. Pull the rigs out. Put a few kitchen chairs, a table and whatever else in there. Have one member be a victom. Wax paper in the RIT members SCBA facepiece, or hood backwards, and you have a prop.

                      Move the furniture around and you have a new layout. Actually, you can leave a rig in if you want.

                      A second floor or basement. You can do a stair removal.

                      Those are my props.

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                      • #12
                        That's what we did this Tour with our RIT Training.

                        Wanna see something interesting? Leave (2) Rigs parked side-by-side and see how each Team covers that area. Some will be inline, some will spread-out and some will lose contact with each other. Those that seperated were sent back and started over. I'm a "Spreader" myself, I prefer to be to the side when conducting searches since that is where our ears are located and a larger area can be covered.
                        "Be LOUD, Be PROUD..... It just might save your can someday when goin' through an intersection!!!!!"

                        Life on the Truck (Quint) is good.....

                        Eat til you're sleepy..... Sleep til you're hungry..... And repeat.....

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                        • #13
                          We'll be doing the stair rescue up from the basement in my house Thursday. The firehouse was renovated bit over a year ago so there are new wider concrete stairs to use. I think in about a week or so the rest of the companies in the battalion will be over to do it.

                          Every month the department comes out with a training schedual, but I like to add my own evolutions.

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                          • #14
                            Alternatives

                            I've recently heard from instructors and some neighboring departments that they are getting away from the "Denver" Drill. This, however, does not solve the problem at hand when it was first designed and used. Does anyone have any ideas as to where I can find some information and newer strategies? Has anyone toyed around with some things and found success? Any ideas would be appreciated!

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                            • #15
                              Denver Drill Alternative

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3tPageY3W8

                              This is what I found recently. Looks like it works well. Has anyone tried this?

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