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  • #16
    In order to make an effective RIT (FAST or RIC), You have to answer some questions.

    First, When is it needed? We always have to be ready to save our own. The time frame that it takes many departments to establish RIT is unacceptable. The initial company on scene should not have to wait until the fire is being overhauled for the RIT to be in position.

    Next, who should perform RIT? In a nutshell it should be the FIRST available EXPERIENCED firefighters. I have seen some volunteer departments put their newest members on RIT because they were not trained to go inside. Doing this completely defeats the purpose of a RIT. They should be trained, experienced veterans. Some veteran firefighters think being assigned RIT is a waist of their talent or is beneath them. They see it as they are missing out on all of the action. It's an ego thing.

    Last, but not least, who will be trained? Everyone needs to be trained. Even if this training is to target a particular audience at first, it should not be put on the backburner for the others. Schedule the training continuously for all companies until EVERYONE has it.

    When the points mentioned are addressed, you can give the incident commander the responsibility to establish a RIT as soon as possible, just by responding one additional company to the scene. The IC can then use any one of the units arriving to perform this task.

    Lets face it, not all fire departments have the resources to do everything themselves. You will have to use other departments to provide the safest environment possible for your members. So give yourself the flexibility to use any available company for this task.

    Good Luck

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