RIT Notes… Again
The primary goal of the RIT should be to:
- Locate the downed firefighter.
- Keep the downed firefighter on continuous air.
- Keep the fire off the downed firefighter.
Most operational LODD’s result from asphyxia first and burns second. The goal of the initial team is to create a protective envelope around the downed firefighter. If you keep the firefighter on air and the fire away, you can work on solving any additional challenges such as collapse, etc…
Most successful rescues of firefighters are a combination of:
- Excellent basic firefighting skills.
- Basic tools and equipment.
- Ingenious, out of the box thinking.
- Communication, problem-solving, and teamwork.
There is not a one-size fits-all tool you can buy and throw on the rig to solve your RIT problems. Scenarios are often unique and often highlight a situation we hadn’t thought of until after it occurred. To be prepared we must first be excellent at fighting fire and PREVENTING the RIT deployment and second we must be problem-solvers with many “tools in our toolboxes” from which we can pull and generate a solution.