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Hastings Fire and Rescue trains for firefighter rescue incidents

Hastings Fire and Rescue RIT Training 2021

Hastings Fire and Rescue is constantly training to maintain the skills to rescue victims and pets in the event of a fire or other environmental hazard, but this week firefighters focused on their response should one of their own become trapped or injured.

Task Force 1, Inc. hosted a two-day supplemental training course on Thursday and Friday for Hastings Fire and Rescue, Hastings Rural Fire, North Platte Fire Department and Norfolk Fire Department firefighters.

The course focused on training a Rapid Intervention Team, or RIT. A RIT is a designated crew that will serve as a stand-by rescue team for personnel and be available for the immediate search and rescue of any missing, trapped, injured or unaccounted for firefighters.

Firefighters practiced techniques to provide emergency breathing support to a downed firefighter, as well as a number of strategies for removing an injured or unconscious firefighter from a hazardous situation. Firefighters also received continuing education on proper PPE as well as disorientation and escape drills.

“During a firefighter rescue, you not only have to contend with the environment as a hazard, but also what caused the immediate hazard to the firefighter such as a building collapse,” Hastings Fire and Rescue Chief Brad Starling said.

Starling said HFR has not had any incidents requiring a firefighter rescue since he was sworn into the position in 2018.

“We do this training to minimize the risk to our firefighters, and to keep any incidents from becoming a line-of-duty death,” Starling said.

Published Date: 09/10/2021

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