Basic Rapid Intervention is a class that lays the foundation for rapid intervention teams. Emphasis is placed on deployment and air management of the RIT and for the downed firefighter. Knowledge of the firefighter’s capabilities and resources are emphasized and expanded upon by using tools and skills of the interior crew to make the rescue if appropriate. A downed firefighter has approximately a 90% chance of survival if found and rescued by his own crew or one operating near by as compared to approximately 10-15% if he is rescued by a RIT. We put a heavy emphasis on speed and proficiency in this class. This class follows the minimum requirements of NFPA 1407.
This is an 8 hour class and some of the skills practiced are:
1. Air management of the RIT
2. Air management techniques for the downed firefighter.
3. Appropriate uses of a RIT bag or kit and useful tools and equipment for making your own RIT bag.
4. Drags and harnesses to use to get a downed firefighter out fast and efficiently.
5. Team member continuity during the deployment and removal of a downed firefighter.
6. Appropriate methods for switching teams during deployment.
7. Limited Access
8. Tool Selection.
10. Basement/sub level removals.
11. Through the floor rescue.
12. RIT Prevention activities.
Skills may be added to address specific needs of the department and firefighters needs and requests. Attendees will be on air for all drills and hand tools, lights and radios will be utilized.