Hello all. I have just been placed in charge of developing a sylabus for RIT training and a list of specialized tools for creating a department, and eventually county wide, RIT. I realize the importance of training and have seen the videos of many different traing evolutions. What I am mainly looking for help with is, any information, tips, and experiences with any of the drills, traing, tools and SOG's out there. Any and all help is appreciated.
NIESA Fire EMS
Ingham County Haz-Mat Team
Mr Farrell...Go to the old stand-by and often sworn at NFPA Standards....then legally you will have ground to stand on if things go to crap....also check with your State OFPC and see if they are offering a class in your area or even at the State Fire Academy.....Good luck.......Paul
I suggest hiring someone to teach the class or send everybody to the academy. Developing your own is time consuming and affords no protection for "who is" qualified to teach a locally developed program.
The reason why I suggested outsourcing is unless your profile is incorrect you are fairly new to the fire service. Instructor quality and credibility is something that goes a long way when teaching advanced firefighter safety and survival skills especially at the county level.
Check out anything from Jim Mcormack from INDY FD he is as expert as you can get in RIT.
Here are some links to point you in the right direction, I commend you for trying to create your own program but would recommend that you bring in an expert first then take what they give you and apply it to your FD. either way good luck.
Thom, Look for NFPA 1407. This is the Standard for Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews (in draft). If your looking for Drills check out www.fireengineering.com and look at season 1 and 2 videos. Jim Mcormack has posted some really good ones. Also keep in mind that Jim runs a RIT Train the trainer through Fire Dept Training Network. I took the program in 2006 and it was a real eye opener. I teach the Virginia Mayday Firefighter down program and a RIT operations class so if you need more specific help feel free to contact me.
Thom, From an organizational standpoint, I helped to create a county level Technical Rescue Team with established standards and missions that had FAS Team responsibilities as one of its primary functions. Once it was drawn up and authorized by the county legislature, we had something qualified ffs could apply to join and we started recruiting. We are a rural county with 39 vol. depts, 2 carreer cities and one of the villages has paid drivers. Almost nobody has the luxury of manpower that would allow them to spare their own best and most comprehensively trained firefigters to wait outside just-in-case. That job goes to the Tech Rescue Team. Our state fire academy has a very impressive schedule for every aspect of technical rescue and RIT training and that is where most of our team members spend periodic long weekends. We are also pretty well connected with few FDNY instructors who have been known to be available for drills. Offering qualified Rescue and RI Teams on an all inclusive county level has set us up for some great grants and we are tremendously well equiped. Second only to one in all of western NYS. Still in developmental mode but working well. Best to you and your leadership mission.
If you are looking for someone to do your training, i would recommend Inner Circle Fire Training. I have worked with them in the past at the Tomahawk, WI Fire School. They do an excellent job. They are on the Grand Rapids, MI Fire Department full-time and run this training company as a non-profit as a side business. They have sent me laminated flip cards that can be used to determine what equipment you want to have depending on how many people you have on RIT and what type of structure it is. Several departments in the area that I work with have said they are quite helpful and take all of the guesswork out of what equipment to have standing by for RIT. They will also be able to teach fire fighter rescue techniques if you have to actually use the RIT. Just a thought. They are on FFN, or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to discuss equipment that many departments have in their RIT cache, you can email me at LKasten@paulconwayshields.com.
I followed the standards set by my particular state but I also used material from ricofirerescue.com and actually purchased the text book and took alot of tips and ideas that were not present in my state curriculum and added them to the program. I also inserted my own videos/case studies based on several firefighter fatalities. We owe it to those who have lost their lives to learn from their tragic deaths, it will wake people up to the harsh reality of our job. Every year I plan to present new case studies and new tips of the trade as new ideas imerge.