C. RAPID INTERVENTION CREW. Reference. WAC 296.305 Safety Standards for Firefighters NFPA 1407 Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews, 2010 edition Snohomish County Fire Chiefs Incident Management System Policies.
RAPID INTERVENTION CREW
RIC will be considered following WAC 296.305.05001 (10)(f)
When personnel on the scene have been assigned to accomplish the initial strategies and tactics (suppression, search, ventilation, back up line) the incident commander shall consider the establishment of a RIC.
It is the policy of all agencies adopting this document to follow WAC 296.305:
Early consideration should be given to providing one or more rapid intervention teams commensurate with the needs of the situation.
Civilian rescue shall only be made when the officer has significant reason to believe there is a life hazard. Entry due to the assumption that all structures are occupied until proven wrong will not be allowed.
Other duties outside the structure may be performed in preparation for entry while other resources arrive.
RIC companies must wait until the Incident Commander has given a “GO” command to the RGS.
RIC personnel will NOT be assigned other tasks.
This is a minimum list.
Some departments may want to alter this list.
Remember…The initial RIC should travel light and fast.
A secondary RIC pack may be the bigger tool cache carried by supplemental RIC’s
On the hot lap if your hear a PASS or hear firefighters calling for help but cannot see or reach them, return to RIC area and report your findings.
You may want to start your search area from where you heard the PASS.
Only delay your return to the RIC area if you can positively make a difference in rescuing a firefighter . Radio your intentions to the RGS.
Do you know who you’re looking for?