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    We currently use a RIT pack to hold an SCBA bottle,mask and a system of hose and couplings to adapt to Depts SCBA's. Or current pack is a custom made from cordura nylon. My concern is that this would melt at reletively low temps and render much of the contents useless. Having a replacement bag made of nomex etc. is very expensive. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Our pack doesn't enter the building. We remove everything except the rope clip it with a caribeener near the front door and only the rope goes in from there. Everything else is laid out on a tarp and each team member brings in a piece of equipment.

    Try that out and see how it works for you.
    Steve Dragon
    FFII, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Appartus Driver Operator Certified
    Volunteers are never "off duty".
    http://www.bufd7.org

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    • #3
      We have one person carry the pack on their shoulder, as to not have the weight of everything in one bag. As far as deploying the RIT into a actual rescue, I do not see the point in leaving the Spare SCBA outside for the simple reason, when the downed firefighter runs out of air, do you/would you have the time to get a spare into the area, especially if this firefighter is pinned? Also, would you want to split up your team to get the equipment? Would you leave the downed firefighter? I feel the spare should be with the RIT at all times. On a tarp outside is ok for the RIT if they are not deployed. Just my 2 cents worth.

      Take Care and Be Safe.

      Jim Crawford, any bags that you know of to help out DRC?
      John Williams
      NRFF1
      City of Clairton
      Fire / EMS

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      • #4
        Sounds like a good 2 cents to me, Scene. One of the reasons I could see leaving a BA outside, only temporarily to be brought in maybe by additional personnel, could be a downed FF in an unknown location. It might be easier to deploy a search team, locate and size-up the problem/entrapment/etc, and then bring in the cavalry with necessary goodies to effect a successful FF rescue. But every scene is different...

        [ 01-13-2002: Message edited by: Mr. Freeze ]

        ...if you put the handline in the right spot, you won't have to jump out the window...
        -Andy "Nozzles", SQ18, 9-11-01

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        • #5
          Let me re-phrase my post since it seems to be confusing.

          We lay out all the equipment on a tarp. Then before each member of the team enters the building they grab a piece of equipment off of the tarp and take it with them, including the spare pack and mask.

          We find it easier than having one or two people carrying the fully equipped bag.
          Steve Dragon
          FFII, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Appartus Driver Operator Certified
          Volunteers are never "off duty".
          http://www.bufd7.org

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          • #6
            DRC - check out this RIT bag, it's designed to hold a full SCBA, spare cylinder or RIT SCBA plus search ropes, hand lights, webbing, etc. It's constructed of heavy duty vinyl material that will take a beating - it the same as used on our hose packs which are in service throughout the country with all different size depts. from small "vollie" FD's to major cities like Philly so it will stand up to the abuse.

            Go to www.fire-rescueoutfitters.com & click the Rapid Intervention link, scroll to page 2 & check out the Rescue Crew Bag. Any questions, click the e-mail link.

            Hope this helps you out. Stay Safe.

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            • #7
              Just some thought on so called Rit Teams. I could get into along issue about this topic, but now is not the time. There are so many differnt versions of what a Rit Team really is. And not only "What"but there job function as well. A Rit Team is a tool, like any other tool that we have in the fire service, it is part of our "Arsenal", and the old saying that a tool is only as good as the person that is using the tool, this is a true statement. I do a lot of training thru out the country, and I here so many different versions about a Rit Team that it scares me sometimes. I don't mean to sound crude, but I take our job very seriously. My partners and I are dedicated to the fire service. On September 11th I not only lost one of my partners with Technical Rescue, I lost one of my best friends, Lt. Dennis Mojica from Rescue 1 FDNY, who I work with on the job and off the job. We were a team, Tom Brennan Retired Capt.FDNY,Lt,Dennis Mojica, and My self. And the newest member Kevin Shea Retired Lt.FDNY former member Rescue 1. If there is any way that we could be assistance to any one please contact me at my e-mail ([email protected]), Thank you. Dennis Amodio.

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              • #8
                New R.I.T. Bag

                I am asking anyone who operates a R.I.T. if they are looking for a sturdier, more heat resistant bag to carry their equipment in.

                How important would the features such as; high heat resistance,high abrasion and moisture resistance be to all who are thinking about a new type of R.I.T. bag? What size would be appropriate to fit most needs? What equipment do most of you put in your current bags?

                I am currently working on such a R.I.T. Equipment Bag and need as much feed back as possible from all of you out there.



                STAY SAFE!!

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