R.I.T Friend or Foe

The discussion of Rapid Intervention continued to come† up among various groups. So from my vantage point R.I.T is both a Crutch and a Foe. I see as I go on vacation and travel for departments who have a solid grasp on training dictates the outcome of your operations where RIT is truly a service provided for when an incident happens the IC has his Spec Ops team to ensure everyone goes home. Now my problem is the department who leans on RIT as a crutch when providing poor fire ground operations, and/or not wanting to address reckless behavior on the fire ground. So my question are we so focused now on saving our own that we now don’t see training on the basics as the prevention needed to successfully make rapid intervention the most boring job on the fire ground?

2 Comments

  • john alexander says:

    es importantisimo, que el los RIT hagan parte de una formacion complementaria especializada en fire line 1 y 2, esto deberia ser revisado por la ifsta e implementarlo en sus buenas presentaciones y hacerlo parte de la formacion integral sin descuidar la buena formacion del bombero en prevencion y control de incendios.
    MUY BUEN ARTICULO.

  • My Dept has just created a RIC Team and is training and learning more and more every month. We have learned early on, that different counties teach and train different ways. Also, there are very few standards throughout the State, as well as the Country. Ric is an important function, but I believe that it is in no way a replacement for good fireground dicipline. Lazyness on the fireground only leads to someone getting hurt from something stupid that is easily avoided. Understanding a diciplines function is an important skill that every Chief or Incident Commander needs to learn. When and where to use it is even more important than having it to begin with.

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