Rapid Intervention Company Operations

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9781401895037: Rapid Intervention Company Operations

The numerous risks faced by today's fire service dictate that well trained and skilled firefighters be ready to rescue one of their own. This new book serves as a "one stop" reference for all aspects of rapid intervention operations, outfitting fire service personnel with the techniques and procedures they need to effectively take charge of rescue situations. Unique coverage presents multiple viewpoints or techniques for critical skills, effectively arming firefighters with alternatives for the various situations that they may face when responding to a call. Safety is discussed at length and integrated throughout all rapid intervention topics, including firefighter self-survival, moving and raising the downed firefighter, roof operations, thermal imaging, the collapse environment, enlarging openings, and more.

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About the Author:

Lieutenant Mike Mason is a retired 29-year veteran of the fire service. As an officer with the Downers Grove Fire Department (Illinois), he was assigned to Truck 1 / Squad 1, and he is a Certified Instructor III and Fire Officer II. He holds an associate degree in fire science, as well as master's certificates in strategic and organizational leadership. Mason is also a senior staff instructor, director, and founder of the nonprofit organization RICOFIRERESCUE INC., which has trained over 6,000 firefighters of all ranks throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Spain, Sweden, France, and Germany since 2001. In addition, Mason is an associate instructor of fire engineering for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Downers Grove Fire Academy, Chicago Fire Academy, Romeoville Fire Academy, John Wood Community College, and other academies throughout the U.S. A prolific author, Mason has contributed numerous articles to publications such as Firehouse magazine, Fire Engineering magazine, Fire Chiefs magazine, Firehouse.com, NYSAFC, WNYF, and Illinois Fire Service Instructors magazine.

Jeffrey Pindelski is deputy chief of operations for the Downers Grove Fire Department (Illinois). During a fire service career spanning more than two decades, Pindelski has served as western regional director for the Fire Department Safety Officers Association, a Fire Service Advisory Board member for Cengage Learning, and instructor at the College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In addition to co-authoring multiple textbooks, he publishes regularly in fire service trade journals and is a contributing editor with Firehouse.com. He has also presented on fireground risk management and rapid intervention at national industry conferences, such as the Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), IAFC Leadership Conference, Fire Rescue International (FRI), FDSOA Safety Forum, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs Conference and the Florida Fire Chiefs Health and Safety Conference. Pindelski holds a master's degree in public safety administration from Lewis University, and a graduate certificate in managerial leadership and a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University. He received the State of Illinois Firefighting Medal of Valor in 1998.


Chapter 1 Understanding Rapid Intervention Chapter 2 Regulatory Standards and Compliance Chapter 3 Mayday Management, Operations and Communication Chapter 4 Firefighter Self Survival Chapter 5 S.C.B.A. Emergencies and Survival Skills Chapter 6 Firefighter Self Survival Escape Maneuvers Chapter 7 Ropes, Knots and Webbing for Rapid Intervention Chapter 8 Removal Preparation and Emergency Air Supply Chapter 9 Moving the Downed Firefighter Chapter 10 Elevation Differences Chapter 11 Using Ladders and Aerial Devices Chapter 12 Removal and Lowering Firefighters Out Windows Chapter 13 Roof Operations Chapter 14 Large Area Search Techniques and Search Rope Systems Chapter 15 Thermal Imaging Chapter 16 Rapid Intervention and the Collapse Environment Chapter 17 Enlarging Openings Glossary Bibliography

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