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RIT Team communications with Command during operations.

Establishing clear radio communication between command and RIT team unit leaders is an important task.

1. What type of procedures are currently being used for these functions

2. During RIT operations does your RIT (RIC, FAST) groups report needs and make suggestions on the tactical channel or a separate channel as assigned?

3. What specific information does command expect from the RIT? Such as informing command that ladders need to be placed or have been, utility issues if seen or any other hazards.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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With us, when a MAYDAY is called, the IC will immediately order all operating Companies to another tactical channel and request a PAR. He/she will have the MAYDAY firefighter remain on the channel that the MAYDAY was originally transmitted on. The IC will then order RIT Command to deploy the RIT. The RIT Command is usually a Chief and is assigned to the Command Post alongside the IC while the RIT leader is a preferably a Line Officer and is deployed w/ his/her team.

The RIT will go to yet another tactical channel previously specified for RIT operations. The RIT leader will also monitor the channel that the MAYDAY firefighter is on as well as the tactical channel that the rest of the Companies are operating on, but he/she will only transmit on the RIT channel.

The RIT leader is the only member that communicates w/ the RIT Command Officer. The RIT Command Officer is monitoring all of the channels in use and will relay any pertinent info to the IC who still has an incident to run. The RIT Command Officer is the only Command Officer that communicates with the RIT.

The RIT leader will transmit any needs and or suggestions on the RIT tactical channel to the RIT Command Officer who will relay pertinent info to the IC as needed.

As far as specific info that Command expects from the RIT, he/she will get all of the needed info from the RIT Command Officer who is already in contact with him/her. The IC will want to know when you are on scene, when you have placed ladders as a means of egress, when you have removed security bars from windows, when the RIT is fully staged and ready to deploy, etc...

The IC has enough to worry about running the rest of the incident. He/she does not need to have me chattering in their ear about miscellaneous info that really should be handled by a RIT Command Officer. The RIT Command Officer will filter all of the info and only give the IC the pertinents.

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