Rapid Intervention

RAPID INTERVENTION COMMITTEE

Awareness – Readiness – Response

PURPOSE

The Rapid Intervention Committee was established in September of 2011 to proactively address rapid intervention operations in Palm Beach County. The committee seeks to develop a collaborative partnership with all County fire departments to seek a solution-centered approach to firefighter safety, survival and rescue.

OBJECTIVES

  • Raise our rapid intervention awareness level through prevention
  • Heighten rapid intervention state of readiness
  • Strengthen our level of rapid intervention response

RESEARCH FOCUS (subcommittees)

  • Policy and Protocol (How do we work together)
  • Practices and Equipment (Developing self survival)
  • Staffing and Resources (A race against time)
  • Command and Control (Bringing order to chaos)

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Ray Altman – Boynton Beach Fire Rescue
  • Mark Anderson – Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Lee Forshner – Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Brian Gordon – Riviera Beach Fire Rescue
  • Ric Jorge – Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Doug McGlynn – Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Dan Millstone – Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Saen Olsen – Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue
  • James Schaffner – Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Billy Schmidt – Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Mark Siciliano – Delray Beach Fire Rescue

WHY DO WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT RAPID INTERVENTION?

  • To get all of us on the same page
  • To get all of us physically and mentally ready
  • To save our own

RAPID INTERVENTION IS NEVER RAPID!


Research from real case studies and training shows that:

  • it takes 11-12 firefighters approximately 7 minutes to reach a downed firefighter
  • it takes an additional 18-21 minutes to perform a firefighter extrication
  • 20% of rescuers get themselves into trouble and become potential victims
  • All of the times obtained in these studies were not under heat and smoke conditions

WHAT IS NFPA 1407?

Published in December 2009, NFPA 1407 is a compilation of existing Standards that specifies the basic training procedures for fire service personnel to conduct firefighter rapid intervention operations. It’s a good blueprint to begin with!

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RELATED RESOURCES

Books

National Fire Academy Papers

Operational Procedures

Podcasts

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