Home Podcasts THMG162 – Hazmat RIT Discussion

THMG162 – Hazmat RIT Discussion

1261
0
SHARE

In this episode, Bob and Mike discuss RITs (rapid intervention teams) and their role in our hazmat responses.

Thank to our sponsors, CavCom, Inc. and First Line Technology.

Our hazardous materials training manual, National Emergency Response Hazmat Drills: 50 Drills for Use with Hazardous Materials Personnel, is finally available on Amazon!

Complete Show Notes

6:00 Thinking About RITs (Rapid Intervention Teams)

  • We don’t really think about RITs, but they’re very important
  • Should be different from your backup team and should be wearing different PPE
  • Someone called Bob a few months ago and asked if his department has a separate RIT – they don’t
  • They have a FAST (firefighter assist and search team), though

9:50 Training and PPE for RITs

  • Bob thinks you can send an operations-level firefighter down range to bring someone out
  • RIT members aren’t doing mitigation, so you don’t need to use a technician
  • Most common reason to need a RIT is for a slip, trip, or fall
  • Statistically speaking, it’s more than likely that only one guy will be affected
  • RITs are important because in many cases, victims don’t have a partner who can pull them out
  • PPE should also be different – probably don’t want your RIT in Level A since they need flexibility
  • In some cases, operations-level firefighters are bringing victims into the warm zone – can’t expect them to do emergency decon and emergency doff

26:15 Emergency Extrications

  • Important to remember and understand that the victim is going to get dirty and probably won’t walk away unscathed
  • Bob and Mike agree that operations-level people are more than qualified to perform emergency extrications
  • Brainstormed strategies for quickly getting someone out of a Level A suit

28:25 Specialized Things RITs Need

  • To start with, you’ll need an extraordinary officer to lead the team
  • Tools RITs should have:
    • Sked®
    • Short piece of webbing with a loop in it
    • Set of suit slicers

35:15 The Hazmat Huddle and RITs

  • Mike is wondering if RITs even have time for a hazmat huddle depending on the scenario
  • If we’re trying to preserve property, we’ll probably have time for a hazmat huddle
  • Everything depends on the specific scenario you’re in, though
  • This isn’t heavily discussed, but Bob and Mike feel it should be – these conversations need to be happening at your job

Have a question? Send an email to feedback@thehazmatguys.com or leave a message on our Haz Mat Guys comment hotline: 843-628-1484

Show Sponsors
Related Episodes

The Hazmat Guys

Author: The Hazmat Guys

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.