Firefighters are accustomed to responding to calls for help from the public, but they are not accustomed to responding to calls for help from fellow firefighters. When a Mayday is declared on the fireground, it is too late to start making up a rapid intervention team.
These life-saving crews must be trained, equipped and ready to respond to a Mayday call instantly. A fellow firefighter's life may depend on it!
Rapid Intervention is a two-part series on firefighter rescue at structure fires. While presenting many of the prerequisite knowledge and skill requirements of NFPA 1500 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134, it is based on information from a variety of the latest references. Rapid Intervention goes beyond textbook theory and includes information gleaned from actual downed firefighter incidents.