I think that I have some concern with the notion that 2 in and 2 out is our saving grace. The standard was not originally designed for the Fire Service, and in my mind leaves us in a position of doing more work with less firefighters. At the same time it provides us with a false sense of security, as we are being lead to believe that 2 firefighters outside are enough to rescue 2 firefighters inside.
Now before you tar and feather me......I am not saying we should throw the baby out with the bath water. However I am not sure that 2 in and 2 out provides us with what we need when it comes to deciding when and how to attack a fire in a building.
Look into Phoenix's studies after the death of Brett Tarver. Look at how many firefighters it took to locate a mising firefighter, let alone perform the rescue.
Do you think it is possible that 4 people on the hoseline, stretching and venting may produce a quicker, safer, better result?
No tar, No feathers! I agree with you Dave, rapid intervention is not rapid. If a rescue exists, the 2in 2 out goes out the window, provided fire isn't coming out every crack in the house. Definately count the DO outside as a outside firefighter. If you know it's one room off, put the thing out, problems go away. All of our discussions go back to training and experience of our members.