RIC – RAPID INTERVENTION CREW
The Los Angeles County Fire Department is no stranger to tragic and near-miss firefighter realities. Sadly, it has not been that many years since Firefighter Specialist Jimmy Howe lost his life on the fire ground and Fire Captain Gary Morgan nearly lost his. In their honor, Fire Captain David Norman reminds us that the Rapid Intervention Crew or “RIC is by far, one of the most critical assignments on the fire ground.” The concept of a Rapid Intervention Crew was developed in hopes of ensuring that each and everyone of us goes home safely to our families at the end of the day. Please watch one of the most recent LACoFD training videos, as Fire Captain Derrick Chapman reminds us that “we should never be complacent, and we should always be ready” to rescue our own.
You have been assigned as a Rapid Intervention Crew, and as you begin to enter the building to effect a rescue, you are confronted with numerous hose lines entering the building… what do you do? How about using your “drop-bag” as a rescue line to enter the building and get your fellow firefighters out safely? Watch the LACoFD training video as Fire Captain Dave Norman discusses techniques for using the drop bag successfully on a firefighter emergency.
Once the Rapid Intervention Crew finds the down firefighter, what next? Watch this video as Fire Captain Dave Norman demonstrates proven techniques to rescue a fellow firefighter on the fire ground in a “Mayday” situation.