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Why is it that some RIT crew members think that a fast and effective operation means emptying every compartment on their rig and carrying it inside to preform a rescue? You've seen these people, the ones in their bright yellow RIT vest standing like statues in a mountain of equipment waiting to leap into a rescue situation. I have even taught in a few departments that insist on taking a chainsaw into a smoke-filled, zero visibility environment as standard first-in practice (WTF?)! 

I like to think of RIT as a well organized, trained, and proactive safety team - intervening before an issue arises (e.g., placing ladders, pulling support hand-lines, enforcing fire ground safety, ect...). It's a simple concept; try to stop something bad from happening before something bad happens.

However, in the rare occurrence that something goes wrong, this team needs to be ready, competent, and able to move fast and light with the bare minimum of equipment. Believe me, I could ramble on with a dissertation regarding my thoughts on training and the application of RIT. But for now I'll just say; remember, the "R" in RIT stands for rapid, not restricted.




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Comment by Jeff Schwering on April 4, 2011 at 8:04pm
Paul, I too agree with Skip, hence the class in the works. We tend to go in to many directions instead of using the common sense the good lord gave us. The scary part is I've had the misfortune of having bosses early in my career that didn't know common from sense! Be safe, Nice Job! Jeff 
Comment by Paul Combs on April 4, 2011 at 7:51pm
Thanks, everyone! As you can tell, this is one of many topics that gets my blood boiling.

@ Chief Coleman: You're so right! Common sense is an endangered species!
Comment by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 4, 2011 at 5:39pm

For a minute there, I thought that you forgot the kitchen sink.

I was wrong and you are SO right!

Comment by Skip Coleman on April 4, 2011 at 5:23pm
It's because of stuff like this this that I (forgive me) "love you" so much. Apparently, common sense isn't that common to some.
Comment by Mike France on April 4, 2011 at 3:56pm
You must have been up here watching our RIT team, Nice one.
Comment by Jeff Schwering on April 4, 2011 at 3:53pm
Thanks Paul, much appreciated. Things are getting better, walking a treadmill in full gear, working to get back. Just can't push like I want, but things are better, thanks Brother. The class you might see next April, we'll see.
Comment by Paul Combs on April 4, 2011 at 1:53pm
Not at all, Jeff - please feel free to use within your class presentation. Also, saved an FDIC print for you and it will be in the mail this week! Hope all is going well.
Comment by Jeff Schwering on April 4, 2011 at 1:48pm
How True! I'm working on a class Paul, this would fit into it perfectly, if you wouldn't mind?

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