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Through the late 1960s and early 1970s the London Fire Brigade introduced RIT procedures using EATL and EASE equipment (Emergency Air Transfer Lines & Emergency Air Supply Equipment). This consisted of designated firefighter search & rescue teams (termed Emergency Crews) stationed at BA control entry points, equipped with emergency SCBA specifically designed to be worn by unconscious, injured or trapped firefighters.

Fire Departments should utilize a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) at all structure fires with good reason. More fire fighters die in residential occupancies than in any other type of structure fire and are typically the most common type of occupancy that fire fighters encounter. Both the NFPA and OSHA have requirements for some type of RIT at structure fires. These standards requiring that a minimum of two fire fighters be standing by outside in full protective equipment, while other crew members are working in a hazardous atmosphere, are the result of a series of incidents where fire fighters became lost, trapped, or disoriented while fighting a structure fire without a RIT present.

This site is dedicated to those fire fighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as the fire instructors that have spent numerous hours training fire fighters to get out alive and rescue our own.

If you are a certified RIT/Survival instructor and would like to have your website or e-mail posted under the "Instructors" section of rapidintervention.com, or if you are aware of any RIT/Survival training taking place in your area, please feel free to forward your information to james.crawford@rapidintervention.com. We are also looking for new articles and ideas for our monthly training topics as well as vendors providing rapid intervention related products that would like to be posted under the rapid intervention "Resources" section. This site has only one direction, to grow BIGGER. We will keep adding RIT information to this site monthly. So make rapidintervention.com one of your most used training stops for RIT and visit us daily.

This free-use site has been developed to provide you with all the information needed to arm yourself in providing Rapid Intervention on the fireground. We have compiled the most in depth list of RIT resources ever assembled in one place. It is our hope that this information source will help Rapid Intervention team members, fire officers, firefighters, or even city/town leaders to set up, or continue to expand and train, their Rapid Intervention teams. If you can't immediately find the information that you are looking for, you will be able to find an answer with one of our linked resource contacts. Search through our list of manufacturers/vendors and find that piece of RIT equipment you've been looking for. Enter our forums and post your knowledge of RIT for others to learn. Read our monthly RIT training articles to gain knowledge or to assist you in developing your own training program. Most of all -- use this site as often as you want, because it's yours and it can only assist us in our goal, to help stop firefighters from perishing in burning buildings.

RAPIDINTERVENTION.COM founder,
Jim Crawford