When I, un-officially, started this challenge I decided that my theme would be Firefighter Safety (Basically quick reminders of Safety to all you Firefighters out there)…. But for those of you following who are not Firefighters Let me start this post with a quick definition as to what a Rapid Intervention Team (in some cases called Rapid Intervention Crew) is.
A Firefighter Assist and Search Team (FAST), also known as a Rapid Intervention Team/Crew (RIT/RIC), is a team of two or more firefighters dedicated solely to the search and rescue of other firefighters in distress. FAST shall have no other operational assignment during an incident. Multiple alarm fires may require multiple FAST/RIC teams.
source: Wikipedia: “Firefighter Assist and Search Team”
When a Firefighter is calling a MayDay it means they are in trouble and seconds count. It is not enough to simply have a Rapid Intervention Team, your RIT/RIC should be ready to be deployed at a moments notice and should be ready for any eventuality.
Equipment of the RIT/RIC should include:
Full Turn-Out Gear
PASS Device (Personal Alert Safety System)
Search Rope or Webbing
Rapid Air Transport bag (that allows for an extra mask to provide oxygen to a downed firefighter)
I found these informative articles on Rapid Intervention Teams: