Fire departments are often engaged in emergency activities that present a varying degree of risk,
depending on the incident. This guideline outlines a procedure that ensures the risks faced by our
personnel are minimized through sound risk management practices and safety procedures.
The objective is to have a fully equipped rescue team on scene and in a ready state to deploy for
rescuing injured and trapped firefighters. This procedure shall be considered for all incidents
where personnel are subject to hazards that would be potentially dangerous to life and/or health
or subject to danger from equipment failure or sudden change of conditions. A Rapid
Intervention Team (RIT) shall be established on all structure fires that have grown beyond the
incipient stage, other incidents where personnel are subject to hazardous environments or when
Incident Commander (IC) deems it necessary. "BEYOND THE INCIPIENT STAGE" IS ANY
TIME THAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON AIR INSIDE THE STRUCTURE OR HAZARD
The single objective of the RIT is to standby in a state of readiness, until launched on a rescue
mission. The RIT function will continue until the Incident Commander determines that the RIT
is no longer needed on the incident.