I am one of the founders of Changing Our Wya Training. We offer RIT MAYDAY and Firefighter Survival classes. Theses class are very demanding and you will take more information home then you can stand. We try to make the training as real as possiable and all drills are from LODD's. Please contact me for more information.
I am lucky enough to have taken two RIT classes at our state academy, as well as a Safety & Survival class and Calling the Mayday. All this doesn't make me anywhere near an expert, but it has made me passionate about RIT. We go over firefighter removal several times a year. We often depend on neighboring companies as our RIT, but I am strongly of the opinion that all firefighters need to be trained for the eventuality of being assigned as a RIT.
I am always looking to learn more about this important and often misunderstood topic. Along with another instructor, we put together a short class on RIT Basics that we added onto a Firefighter 1 class. I am reworking that presentation into two separate ones. One for entry level firefighters and one for command level officers. Mostly based on things I have seen or heard that clearly show a lack of understanding about RIT.
I can give some outlines. Think about any RIT class you have taken, they all cover a bit about the various standards, some case histories and then move on to practical skills. But at the Command level, there is little or nothing about the practical skills. This leads to a lack of understanding about RIT on the part of many Chiefs.
Some things I have heard about or seen locally, include being the officer on a six man truck company, getting assigned as a RIT and being told to give up my "other two firefighters" by the IC because he knew that a RIT only needs four. Now I have two problems with this, first most data says more is better on a RIT, and that means that six is better and safer than four. Removing staff from a RIT shows a lack of knowledge about what a RIT does when caleld upon. But far worse is that by knowing about only needing four, that tells me the chief had never actually read the two in and two out standard, since OSHA only requires two members. His number of four is based entirely on the idea that a career department we use for frequent mutual aid has four man crews and thus sends a four man RIT.
This brings up a question about using outside RIT companies. Many departments rely on mutual aid for RIT, but do they really know what they are getting? Do we just assume that since they have a RIT Team (isn't that what the T is for?) that they are good at what they do? What do they train on and how often do they train on it? If you can't answer these questions, are you really providing a RIT for your members at all?
That's all for now, but you can see where I am going with the Command level class.