On the evenings of June 13th and 14th, and all day June 16th, crews from Glen Moore Fire Company (Station 48) and East Brandywine Fire Company (Station 49) participated in a 16 hour State Certified Rapid Intervention (RIT) class. The class was delivered by Bucks County Community College.
This class provided valuable information about assessment of downed firefighters, reporting of status, and conversion of the downed firefighter for extrication. Participants also learned different rescue techniques for moving a downed firefighter from hazardous environments. These include: horizontal drags, transporting up and down stairs, verticle lifts with rope and hoselines.
Crews went through skill stations and scenarios in the Croft building on the campus of the Devereux School. This structure provides numerous challenges and was an excellent environment to train in. The fire companies are grateful to The Devereux School for the access provided to this facility.
At the conclusion of the class, the participants were very familiar and comfortable with RIT scenario operations. Everyone took new information back to their home station. This joint effort is another example of the recent collaboration between the two companies.