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1 Rapid Intervention Teams “ Preparing to make a difference” Matthew Ratliff, Sterling Heights Fire Department, MI Michigan Fire Service Instructor

2 Preparing to use this program: View the “RIT: The Denver Drill” video on DVD #1 prior to delivering this program Review RIT Lesson Plan and Objectives Review other supporting material  RIT Job Aid  RIT SOG Examples Review training video “Rapid Intervention Team Drills” on DVD #1

3 Regulatory Standards OSHA (g)(3) –Procedures for IDLH atmospheres NFPA 1561 FD Incident Management –Shall provide for the rescue of individuals operating at emergency incidents. NFPA 1500 –Provides for the requirement of a R.I.T. NFPA 1407 –Standard for Training Fire RIC NFPA 1710 –Standard for Career Fire Departments NFPA 1720 –Standard for Volunteer Fire Departments

4 R.I.T. Requirements Team members must be well disciplined Level headed Able to think and act under pressure Must be able to follow through with an assignment Should have a wide variety of experience, such as: –Collapse rescue –Rope/ Rigging –Specialized search techniques

5 Recent LODD NIOSH F –Disoriented Firefighter NIOSH F –Rapid Fire Progression NIOSH F –Unknown Firefighter Distress The above LODD reports can be found on this CD under “RIT” and can be printed for class review and discussion.

6 Company Officer Role Command Ops. –Accountability –Communication Size-up –Construction –Occupancy Location –Residential –Commercial/Industrial Training –RIT –Rescue Tools –Personal –RIT Experience –Minimum Firefighter –Minimum RIT

7 Personal RIT Equipment –Flashlight –Webbing/Rope –Radio –Spanner Wrench –Door wedge –Wire cutters/Tin Snips –Utility knife –Hacksaw –Pry bar/Wonder bar –Hammer

8 Staged RIT Equipment Pick and Flat Head axes Pike poles Multi-purpose Circular saw Ventilation chain saw Haligan bar Sledge hammer Mechanical Advantage Thermal Imaging Camera –Search rope –Webbing –Stokes/SKED –1 ¾ inch Pre- stretched charged hose line –Emergency SCBA –Ground Ladders –Dry erase board –ALS equipment

9 R.I.T Staging Equipment Fire resistive/Heavy Construction –Metal Cutting saws –Torch –Truck Operations –Communications –Lifting Equipment –Shoring Equipment –Extrication Spreaders/cutters

10 Four Phases of Rescue (L.A.S.T) 1-Locate: –Visual –Audio –Rope –Electronic 2-Access –Evaluate problems –Determining access routes –Breaching Techniques –Rope Techniques –Shoring Techniques –Hazard mitigations

11 L.A.S.T Acronym 3-Stabilize –Discovery Factors –Evaluating Medical Conditions –Emergency Life support –Patient Transfer devices 4-Transfer –Lifting objects –Cutting objects –Removal Methods Horizontal Vertical Stairs Windows

12 RIT Practical Training Locating lost or trapped FF Staging removal devices and mechanical advantage systems Stairway removal and Denver Drill Wall Breach and victim removal Hose slide and victim hoist SCBA air tank changeover


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