Last night, members from JTFD1 conducted their monthly RIT Training Drill. The sole purpose of the RIT is to provide assistance to missing or trapped fire fighters and to respond to any danger that may allow the incident to grow out of control or threatens the safety of any firefighter.

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What is RIT?

A RIT is a team comprised of members who have completed an approved training course designed to teach the RIT Operators how navigate through the most difficult, dangerous conditions to safely extricate a compromised firefighter.  RIT training goes above and beyond the standard training endured by firefighters. Our members of RIT are required to maintain a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of RIT-related training annually, which in some cases is in addition to the standard training drills scheduled. When a RIT is requested, they arrive on scene and assemble their tools at the front of the building, they perform an extensive walk-around to observe the conditions of the environment inside the building, they assemble ladders in key locations in the event of quick window bail out or for patient extrications, and then, they wait. They wait to be deployed. Deployment occurs when a firefighter operating inside becomes lost, or otherwise compromised and transmits a “Mayday” on the radio. It is at this point that the  RIT enters the building.

RIT Drill Objective:

The objective for this drill was to react to a mayday called and rescue a separated search team from a simulated ranch dwelling.  They arrived on scene, coordinated with the IC (Incident Command), assigned tasks, and set up their equipment and awaited their activation. Once the mayday was called they made entrance to the dwelling and searched for the two-man team. This was a grueling assignment, with low visibility conditions, where they encountered door breaches, wire entanglements, room clutter, ceiling collapses and patient extrications. Everything that could be encountered during a RIT extrication.