SAN ANDREAS FIRE DEPARTMENT
This page shall serve as the official Rapid Intervention Team Policy for the San Andreas Fire Department:
Last Updated: 11/08/2022
By: Kidd B.
Rapid Intervention Team (RIT):
14.2- Establishing RIT
A Rapid Intervention Team (a minimum of 2 qualified firefighters) will be established when operations are being performed in an IDLH atmosphere as soon as is practicable
The establishment of a RIT is the responsibility of the Incident Commander and preferably will consist of more than the minimum of two members. The decision will be based on the following:
Size of building
Number of personnel operating within the IDLH atmosphere
*Note: These are not meant to be limiting factors when establishing the RIT. C. If the incident is in a high or mid-rise structure, large area facility, or other areas with multiple IDLH atmospheres, the incident commander shall establish the necessary number of Rapid Intervention Teams so that the rescue can be accomplished without a deployment delay.
A team should be considered for each remote access point on any large facility. The incident commander will be responsible for determining the number of teams needed based on the specifics of the incident
Due to the highly stressful and sometimes technical nature of incidents involving the rescue of emergency personnel, it is preferable that the RIT members be some of the more experienced and highly trained members
The incident commander will appoint a team leader after establishing the RIT. The Rapid InterventionTeam leader reports directly to the Incident Commander throughout the incident, until deployed.
14.2- RIT Responsibilities
Immediately after being established the RIT leader will perform their incident evaluation/size-up. The purpose of this is to assess the following:
Construction type of the building
Building size (large structures may require more than one RIT)
Upon completion of their evaluation, the RIT leader may make recommendations to the incident commander concerning deployment of the RIT (i.e. laddering the building, the need of more than one team, etc.)
Organize/procure the appropriate equipment necessary to affect a rescue of a lost, trapped, or disoriented member. The equipment chosen shall be influenced by the type of building construction, but a minimum should consist of the following:
A complete SCBA (regulator, face piece, air cylinder and frame)
Large Area Search Rope
Forcible entry, cutting and breaking tools
Small hand tools (pliers, wire cutters…)