Fleetwood Fire Company hosts Rapid Intervention Team program
By JASON BATZ, Correspondent | September 29, 2019 | PENNSYLVANIA
Story No. 093019103
Photo by Jason BatzFirefighters review techniques for approaching a downed firefighter and the conversion of an SCBA to a harness.
Photo by Jason BatzFirefighters use ropes to remove a downed firefighter from a lower level after a floor collapse.
Photo by Jason BatzFirefighters learn how to use a hose line as a tool to remove a downed firefighter after a floor collapse.
Photo by Jason BatzThe removal of a downed firefighter up a flight of stairs will always be a physically demanding skill. Crews practice the "Nutmeg" carry to expedite the process of moving a firefighter.
The Fleetwood Fire Co. recently hosted a Rapid Intervention Team program through the Bucks County Community College. The program concluded at the Berks County Fire Training Center with students learning basic skills used in extricating a downed firefighter. Fifteen students engaged in skills learned from Firefighter LODD's, such as Mark Langvardt (Denver), Brett Tarver (Pheonix), and John Nance (Columbus). The program reinforced the concept of keeping RIT techniques basic.
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