RAPID INTERVENTION COMMITTEE
Awareness – Readiness – Response
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.
- 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)
- 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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