Does your department use "RIT" or "RIC", and if so do you supply them their own pumper and tools? It states that a RIC team is to have their own pumper and have be on a different water supply then the operation pumpers. There's no way we could do this on our departemnt but we could do it as a mutial aid. How does your department do it, or do you not use a RIC team?
We use RIT on every fire. Fires in single family homes, townhouses, non highrise type apartments, and commercial buildings, the 4th arriving engine company takes the RIT assignment. The only variation for Level 1 RIT is on highrise fires where the rescue company will have RIT.
We also have two additional RIT levels. A Level 2 RIT that consists of 1 Engine, 1 Truck, 1 Rescue, 1BC, and 1 ALS ambulace. Plus a Level 3 RIT which is made up of 2 Heavy Rescues with building collapse (USAR) capabilities.
in my smaller department we use a FAST (RIT), They have a color coded tarp they lay down and are pretty much allowed to commandeer whatever tools they want. once a tool is on that mat, nobody touches it. It is the FAST team's for the duration of the fire.
We have a small utility truck (picture a big pickup with cabinets. it's about the size of an ambulance) that is usually dedicated to FAST team operations. It has their specialized tools on it. (FASTpak, search and tag lines, saws, etc.)
We use a rit team the tools include arit pack that includes a 4500 psi scott bottle with hose for face piece regulator search rope two flashlights spare facepiece with regulator flat head axe and pick head axe. the team consists of two fire fighters and a hose line dedicated to nothing but the purpose of rit.
We establish RIT with our second arriving engine. Our RIT equipment is prepackaged on a stokes litter in our command vehicle, since it arrives before the second engine. The equipment is as follows:
Stokes litter, True North RIT bag (4500 psi cylinder with RIC air line, spare facepiece, wire cutters, chem lights, strobe lights, & RIT line with caribiners), tarp, irons, sledge hammer, pry bar, flashlights, & chainsaw.
The two-person RIT retrieves the litter from the command vehicle and sets everything out on the tarp. A hoseline is charged for covering RIT operations. The chainsaw is started to ensure it will run if needed.
Here in Cambria County, PA we use RIC. And, Berks County (the county we recently moved from runs RIT). But, typically the RIT crew consists of an adjacent company's ladder/tower being dispatched specifically for RIT. Once on location, we lay down our tarps, stage OUR tools/equipment and standby, packed-up and ready to go...
You won't find a RIT team like most of the fore mentioned have discussed. There simply isn't the man power in most rural communities... East/West coast are spoiled compared to the midwest were I'm from.. We always have a saftey officer and two men on a backup line...... That amounts two our RIT team.... I have taken many RIT classes, and there is no way w/ our personel and equipment we could ever do it by the books. With mutal aid (if they were all trained) possibly.
You figure 2 men in
2 on backup (RIT Team)
2 for replacement (Hopefully)
1 Saftey Officer
1 Pump operator
2 running tankers
11 Personel so far
That doesn't leave much for an exterior attack, rehab, ventilation, or gopher?
Firefighter Assist & Search Team (FAST) Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) and Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) are all the same thing. As long as you have 2 ffs available in full PPE and at least 1 air cylinder with either an extra mask or parts to patch, fix or repair, like hoses etc., search tools & some other hand tools, (which we keep together in a duffle type bag in a side compartment of our 1st out engine) you have a rapid entery team to go in when something goes bad.
On our dept. the second engine will have a line pulled & ready to go "in case". I REALLY like the idea of having a safety line/pumper on scene as a reserve, again "just in case". Occassionally, on a really big fire or if we have limited manpower (day time) we call for MA. If we need the first company to help with the fire, we call a second company for safety (FAST/RIT).
Your department may not be able to follow NFPA 1407 or OSHA (somewhere in 29 CFR 1910) to the letter but if you have the tools already together & a plan of action or SOP, you are going in the right direction. I'm not saying you sholdn't TRY to follow them but you know what needs done & you have a plan & the tools to get it done.
Hopefully, we have the training, experience & leadership that we will be able to do our jobs & not NEED a RIT. It is an excellent idea to have ALL your firefighters trained in RIT tactics.