The Rapid Intervention Training (RIT) certification program is a 48 hour program that was developed by NC Office of State Fire Marshal back in August of last year and is geared to help firefighters improve their personal survival skills and their skills to rescue a downed member. The Asheville Fire Department began this training the first week of March and will continue it through the end of June in order to train all current firefighters. This certification is not mandatory but will be part of all new hire training for the Asheville Fire Department.
The certification takes many of the current skills and practices already being used within the department and combines it into one program. RIT also provides instruction in firefighter survival skills and stresses the importance of a firefighter recognizing the significance of calling a "MayDay" in a timely manner. The 6 day curriculum includes both classroom and practical skills with the final day of the class as a scenario held in an acquired structure to simulate an actual lost firefighter. The Asheville Fire Department added one additional day in order to practice their skills under heat and smoke conditions in the burn building at Swannanoa FD. All other classes are held at AFD Station 10 at
1903 Old Haywood Rd.
The next RIT burn training day will be held Wednesday, March 21 at the Swannanoa FD from 9 a.m. until around 1 p.m. If you would like to inquire about the training schedule please contact training officer, Chief Barry Hendren 828-259-5646.