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U.S. Fire Administration/Technical Report Series
Special Report:Rapid Intervention Teamsand How to AvoidNeeding Them
USFA-TR-123/March 2003
U.S. Fire Administration Fire Investigations Program
he U.S. Fire Administration develops reports on selected major res throughout the country.The res usually involve multiple deaths or a large loss o property. But the primary criterionor deciding to do a report is whether it will result in signicant “lessons learned.In somecases these lessons bring to light new knowledge about re--the eect o building construction orcontents, human behavior in re, etc. In other cases, the lessons are not new but are serious enoughto highlight once again, with yet another re tragedy report. In some cases, special reports are devel-oped to discuss events, drills, or new technologies which are o interest to the re service.The reports are sent to re magazines and are distributed at National and Regional re meetings. TheInternational Association o Fire Chies assists the USFA in disseminating the ndings throughout there service. On a continuing basis the reports are available on request rom the USFA; announce-ments o their availability are published widely in re journals and newsletters.This body o work provides detailed inormation on the nature o the re problem or policymakerswho must decide on allocations o resources between re and other pressing problems, and withinthe re service to improve codes and code enorcement, training, public re education, buildingtechnology, and other related areas.The Fire Administration, which has no regulatory authority, sends an experienced re investigatorinto a community ater a major incident only ater having conerred with the local re authoritiesto insure that the assistance and presence o the USFA would be supportive and would in no wayinterere with any review o the incident they are themselves conducting. The intent is not to arriveduring the event or even immediately ater, but rather ater the dust settles, so that a complete andobjective review o all the important aspects o the incident can be made. Local authorities reviewthe USFA’s report while it is in drat. The USFA investigator or team is available to local authoritiesshould they wish to request technical assistance or their own investigation.For additional copies o this report write to the U.S. Fire Administration, 16825 South Seton Avenue,Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727. The report is available on the Administration’s Web site at http://www.usa.dhs.gov/

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