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  • R.I.T./F.A.S.T Requirements

    I have been reading all the messages that you all have written about equipment and what type of apparatus to respond and have found them very helpful. My town, which is volunteer, has a dedicated F.A.S.T. Team started and is trying to get a little direction in setting it up further. As of now, we dispatch a second ladder to the scene as the F.A.S.T. truck. Although, I do like the idea of using a heavy rescue for the F.A.S.T truck. What I would really like to know though, does anybody have minimum requirements and training for the firefighters to be on a F.A.S.T. Team? If nobody does, then I would appreciate some opinions or ideas on the subject. Thanks.

    [This message has been edited by Pat222 (edited August 24, 1999).]

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    My volunteer department has trained in FAST team operations for some time now. Obvoiusly we meet the minimum certification. From there, the FAST team members train together as a team. Only experienced members who have worked together, know their equipment, and know how each other operate can perform the most vital rescue operation in the worst of circumstances. When a fellow brother goes down, you need people who have the experience to overcome some unusual obstacles. Sure enough what ever can go wrong, most likely will. When training, look at your area and the type of areas you respond to, and also the type of hazards you may encounter, and revolve your drills around them. Best of all talk to teams that can pass on their experiences to you. Good luck, and be safe!

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    • #3
      I recently completed a 16 hour basic course on RIT procedures and I can tell you after 25 years in the business both career and volunteer it was the most physically demanding class I have ever taken. My station is now in the process of putting a team together and we have found that it will take more than eight folks to be effective. We have also determined that rather than us buying a bunch of new equipment, we will be able to gather some of the item needed from other rigs once we arrive on scene. Our box alarm system will help in this effort. I would suggest that you call Pat Pauly at the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy by calling 717 248 1115 he has been instrumental in helping us and helping throughout Pa.

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      • #4
        Our county in Central New York has adopted a minimum standard for RIT response. There should be no less than 4 SCBA qualified personnel aboard the unit. Responding vehicle can be determined by the responding agency as long as the basic equipment is on board. Our deparment responds with our rescue-pumper. Each team to have portable radios, scba, saws, lights, ropes, irons, etc. Team to respond to the scene, locate at or near CP and perform a size up - units on scene, building type, team locations, resources available, access and egress. Set up equipment and monitor fireground channel. Team splits up and performs 360s of building. Accountability tags go to IC. Our team also takes our TIC. When training, we stress the team concept, set up a simulated collapse scenario with lots of debris, work on locating PASS alarms, F/F locating and removal. Usually this is done with SCBA totally blacked out by using Nomex hood.
        It is a new concept and we have a lot to learn. We put the RIT on the 1st alarm of all of our box alarms. Just some ideas for thought.

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        • #5
          I recently attended a seminar given by Mick Conboy (FDNY)and Bc Cobb(Jersey City) and it was awesome.Good Luck.

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          • #6
            UPNOVER1: Thats great you got to attend that seminar but what did you learn ? What did they discuss about 2-in 2-out and FAST or RIT teams. Can you pass on the info to others of what you learned from that seminar? Some of us live up here in the arctic and are not as lucky as others who are able to attend seminars with top notch people like them. There are many people who may be able to benefit from what you learned or know, so why not pass it around and share the wealth!


            Thanks Brad

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            • #7
              I need ideas. Anyone that has training ideas for a r.i.t. please e-mail at jr17716921 @aol.com

              [This message has been edited by jr17716921 (edited November 02, 1999).]

              [This message has been edited by jr17716921 (edited November 02, 1999).]

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              • #8
                I've exchanged FAST/RIT SOPs with a lot of fire departments and believe it has become necessary to point out that while it is to the FAST/RIT team's advantage to have saws, handlines, ropes, and etc and etc and etc, one of the items you are overlooking and MUST carry in with the team are SPARE AIR BOTTLES!! Having myself been pulled out from under a fallen suspended ceiling and from other nasty jams I can tell you that the people you're going in after need A-I-R. So please, carry some bottles!

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                • #9
                  We stole a pretty good idea from some guys out in Pittsburgh who did the RIT/Fast thing for Working Fire Video. They use an "emergency SCBA" which is basically a stripped down MSA unit with just a backplate, bottle and regulator. Since we didn't have that at our disposal, we tried using a normal scott pak inside of a rope bag. This worked real well, is easy to carry and doesn't get all the straps tangled. Once the downed firefighter is located the regulators are swapped and the rope bag is attached to his existing waist strap. Scott just came out with something very similar called a carry air I believe. Your right though.. gotta get air in there.

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                  • #10
                    One thing to remember when running a R.I.T, F.A.S.T. or Go team. For all the companies that run alot of mutual aid, train with these other companies, utilize their brand S.C.B.A., and become familiar with the tools they have. Ive been on the R.I.T. team for over 2 years now, and Im with a farely busy company. We recently purchased a Custom 6man cab pumper, and it is utilized for Heavy Rescue, and RIT calls, as well as our air unit. We trained with the Pittsburgh Guys, and for those of you who have not had the time to read the article in one of the past firehouses, or actually met the guy, Jim Crawford who is a Firefighter for Truck Company 33 in Pittsburgh, he knows his stuff, and he shares it with everyone. How many firefighters do you know that carry wirecutters in their TOG. Well, if you take the class, trust me, you will after the class is over. But this is my first visit, and it is very important to include into your arriving instructions to the fireground, what type of SCBA are being utilized inside the structure, and this way if you dont have it, you can swap one from onother unit on the scene. Its nice to know that if you are disoriented, that at least you know the SCBA that the RIT team has, is one that you are familiar with. jnw

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                    • #11
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                      [This message has been edited by e33 (edited 11-10-2000).]

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                      • #12
                        Thanks to all for the comments on r.i.t. and f.a.s.t. In my oppinion, on my department, r.i.t. is at best a cluster ****.
                        There are no set guidelines in the SOP. No specific training in r.i.t. No "r.i.t." teams or speacial equipment. The idea of taking extra air and a backup hoseline with the r.i.t. team is something I never thought of. I will put it into practice my next shift. At least my engine company will be better prepared if the IC assigns us to r.i.t. I am a leiutenant with a green crew, all less than 2 years on and one with only six months. The captain of our engine and myself both have 26 years on. The last thing I want to hear is someone's wife screeming "you killed my husband" at me. So, thank you for the ideas on r.i.t. duty and can anyone recomend some good, readable reference material for rapid intervention traianing and resources that are not too expensive? Thanks again, after this, we will do a better job.

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                        • #13
                          Lt 1E4,

                          I understand your concerns about R.I.T. But, let me say a few things that I feel you should do. 1 is check with your insurance company for the department about members not being trained, and being on a R.I.T. Some insurances WILL NOT cover persons involved in a accident, which is an accident waiting to happen. Also, do you feel safe going into a house fire not knowing who will get you out if the need would arise? If I am disoriented, lost, trapped etc, I dont care who gets me out, just get me out of there... BUT it feels a hell of a lot better knowing you have experienced firefighters on the exterior waiting to hear someone in need of help. Someone with limited experience in the fire service, let alone actual structure fires, should not be on a R.I.T., unless for equipment assistance etc. All persons on a R.I.T. understand how much equipment is needed if the need would arise, for collapse with entrapment etc. On my department, we have a stokes basket which has numerous equipment inside, needed to perform the basic rescue of a firefighter. Now when you get into needing airbags, Jaws, or whatever, you need the extra manpower. BUT this should be an experienced person also that knows what the equipment is. As far as SOP's go, my department pretty much copied the SOP's that the City of Pittsburgh uses, thanks to Jimmy Crawford, FF Trk CO 33. He was one of the originally persons that actually wrote the course for R.I.T. And as far as the training goes, its a 16 hour course, which is very intense, and before you take this at my deparment, you must also have Essentials of Firefighting, SCBA with advanced, a structure burn class, Vehicle Rescue (due to the use of hydraulics), and firefighter safety and survival. And to go along with this, the chief, who is a career chief, must approve of the person wanting to get on the R.I.T. Along with this, we train once every 2-3 weeks at a training facility that our neiboring company is so nice to let us use free of charge : ), on different rescue techniques etc. So, before running a R.I.T., please keep in mind the insurance issue, and the experience issue. The first priority is no firefighters trapped, and if you have one trapped, keep it that way, dont make it two. If you would like a copy of our SOP's, feel free to email me and I can give you my deparments copy, or I will connect you with Jim Crawford from Pittsburgh, and you guys can go over there set. Keep safe and take care

                          John Williams
                          NRFF1/EMT
                          Clairton Fire Dept sw PA

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                          • #14
                            E33 - All I can say is wow!.. that about redefines overkill. We try to work with 4-5 guys here, standard truck company tools, extra scba, a search rope and a stokes basket. FAST company stays near the IC, usually work in and assist with accountability. Keeps the wandering minds on the job and keeps us informed all the time who is working where. How do your mega teams get assigned? Who picked em? One thing Im pushing for is automatic dispatch when the dispatcher recognizes a working fire. Currently we have to say the magic words "All Hands Fire" to get the FAST and various other special calls in on the fire.

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                            • #15
                              YOu could check with you local or state fire commission or acadamy, see if they offer any classes that others have been discussing.

                              [This message has been edited by Whip (edited November 17, 1999).]

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