Ti firefighters get RIT bag

TICONDEROGA The Ticonderoga Fire Department recently put into service its new Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) bag. This purchase was made possible through a grant from International Paper Company Foundation and The Ladies Auxiliary of the Ticonderoga Fire Department. The cost of this bag was approximately $3,000, but is considered a very small price if it is ever utilized, according to Carl Perry, chief. The bag consists of a 60-minute Carbon Fiber Cylinder, a high pressure hose capable of filling other SCBA Cylinders, a face piece and a low pressure hose and regulator. Other accessories will be purchased to complement the bag. In the event that a fire fighter becomes trapped inside a structure and runs low or out of air, a specially trained team can access the firefighter and with this bag supply him or her with breathing air while they are rescued. There are few different ways to provide breathing air; one is to use the high pressure hose and fill the SCBA Cylinder that the firefighter already is wearing or using the low pressure hose they can plug into their face piece or if need be they can remove their face piece and use the supplied face piece and low pressure hose. This can also be used on a victim firefighters are trying to rescue that has no breathing apparatus already. Firefighters have been oriented with the new piece of equipment and will be training with it over the next several weeks. Like any other pieces of new equipment along comes many hours of training in order to be proficient, Perry said. This will not only serve this department, but if an outside fire department needs a RIT, Ticonderoga will be ready to respond to their needs.

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