The purpose of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) is to locate and rescue lost, trapped, and injured firefighters at an emergency scene. The Rapid Intervention Team training program meets the NFPA 1407-Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews.
This standard specifies the basic training procedures for fire service personnel to conduct fire fighter rapid intervention operations. This standard specifies basic evolutions that can be adapted to local conditions and serves as a standard mechanism for the evaluation of minimum acceptable performance during training for rapid intervention activities. These activities include; sheltering in place, calling a mayday, delivering emergency air and the removal of a downed firefighter from a hazardous atmosphere.