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Typically the highest ranking offcer or member assigned to a RIT will serve as the commander. The
RIT offcer-in-charge will serve as the main point of contact with the incident commander. When
assigned by the incident commander (or upon assuming a pre-determined position according to
the department’s SOP’s), the RIT offcer should undertake certain fundamental tasks. When done
properly, these tasks will go far in dictating a positive outcome should the RIT be deployed. The RIT
offcer should:

1. Report to the IC to receive orders as to where the RIT, with the tools and equipment, is to


2. Confrm the chain of command (i.e. to whom does the RIT report). Check the radio channel
for freground operations, and obtain a copy of the building preplan or survey, if available.
Preplans contain valuable information on building construction, layout, and hazards. The pre-
plans should be used in concert with tactical worksheets to track interior companies’ locations
and assignments.

3. Make a size-up of the overall scene, considering the following

• type of building, roof construction, and age;

• possibility of collapses;

• points of access and egress;

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• overall sizes and condition of building;

• number of foors;

• burglar bars;

• history of previous fres in structure;

• contents and interior fnish;

• location of stairwells and elevators;

• basement;

• water supply;

• any overall hazard or relevant details;

• weather conditions and temperature;

• extent of fre development;

• location and experience level of interior

• reports that the fre may be suspicious
(e.g. multiple area of fre or smoke upon

4. Consider the extent of the fre and the progress being made in controlling the fre. How suc-
cessful is the attack? Could the situation deteriorate? Are there signs that it is deteriorating and
that the offensive strategy may soon change to a defensive one? How long has the incident been

5. Closely monitor radio traffc for clues to the interior conditions, e.g., calm, effcient transmis-
sions may indicate a controlled environment, whereas raised voices, low air alarm, pass alarm
sounding during transmission, and excited, chaotic traffc may indicate a deteriorating interior

6. Check with and brief members of the RIT on conditions found, information received, observa-
tions made, and hazards identifed. Communicate with other RIT members who have conducted
their own size-ups.

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