Fire Ground Survival the Foundation for R.I.T

After being apart of some conversations, emails, and training I found that firefighters do not have an understanding that fire ground survival skills and Rapid Intervention are two separate disciplines. Fire Ground survival skills such as low profile maneuvers, ladder bails, and entanglement training provided the skills need to rescue a fellow firefighter who may encounter a fire ground emergency. Survival skills and Rapid Intervention get used everyday interchangeably but deserve their own time to develop these skills. Think of it like this we learn in school how to add and subtract, and those two alone are the foundation and survival skills you need later on for advanced mathematics such as Algebra. The reason we should know the difference is often firefighters on the fire ground are asked to be a RIT on the fire ground, but have no survival skills training to base RIT operations off of. When departments are creating training programs, trainers need to make sure members understand and are not getting burnt out on RIT training as many will say. Explanation will be required for members to understand how regulartraining allows for the proper default to learn skills when faced with emergencies. In the future we will post individual survival skills and rit drills. For success and more information on fire ground survival and rit I use the Fire Department Traininig Network. The Network has Fire Notes easy to read books that are practical and to the point as well as joining and receiving themonthly newsletter, and drill packages can be purchased check it out.

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Firefighter Basics launched in February 2009 after Founder/Editor Marques Bush was looking for a way to express himself and share his experiences with brother and sister firefighters. Shortly after founding the site Marques spoke with several trusted friends and ask them to come on board and contribute also. Firefighter Basics is a dedicated group of firefighters who strive everyday to practice what they preach about Training, Safety, and Tradition.  We can be reached at firefighterbasics@gmail.com

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Dave LeBlanc
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Great write up and thanks for sharing. Challenging the stays quo should not result in accusations of dinosaurism. The conversation needs to continue, especially with all the contrary information out there.
2015-09-04 11:27:33
Jim Moss
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Very good post. I think that this subject all comes down to one's own department culture, and even individual crews and company officers. Also, what are the individual firefighters' level of knowledge, skills, Abilities, and experience at the company level? If they are greater, then greater latitude and freedom is allowed to each firefighter to…
2015-08-29 17:06:02
Alan Newton
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Early in my firefighting career I was taught any decision you make is better than no decision. I had a 20 year career in the USAF with that motto and never had a problem.
2015-08-27 23:46:06
Rob
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Yes yes yes yes!
2015-08-25 00:27:31
David Hodges
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Very well said and so true. It does seem like we've lost the trait of taking care of the small things. Thanks for sharing and I’m sharing this will my entire department. Be safe.
2015-08-18 13:29:19

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