The North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission along with the North Carolina Certification Board and the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal are proud to announce the upcoming release of the North Carolina Rapid Intervention Crew(RIC) program. The program will be available to Delivery Agencies effective July 01, 2016.
Held within the new Firefighter program are two of three modules that will make up the NCRIC program. Self-Survival and Mayday will join together with the Rapid Intervention Crew course to form a three-tiered program that will focus on the development of risk assessment and risk management, communication procedures, personnel accountability and resource management, RIC deployment criteria, activation and management of rapid intervention operations, and the clear distinction between "rescue “and "recovery " operations. With the main focus of the course structured to reduce the risk to RIC members and maximize the potential of rescuing a downed firefighter, students will have a more thorough understanding of search techniques, victim access and extrication, air supply/management techniques, methods for protecting firefighters in place, methods for moving downed firefighters, and firefighter self-rescue techniques.
The program will be based off of NFPA 1407 Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews. NFPA 1407 is not written in a professional qualification standard layout; therefore, North Carolina will be seeking alternative standard acceptance accreditation from IFSAC. This means that we will be writing job performance requirements that meet the intent of the standard while satisfying the requirements of IFSAC accreditation.
To assist with the alternative standard accreditation and any required future amendments of this course, the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission and the North Carolina Certification Board have established a task force of sixteen individuals from across the state.
Instructors who were qualified to teach the previous RIT program will be allowed to teach the new RIC program when it is released but will be required to take an upgrade for the new RIC program dates for the requalification will be announced at a later date after the schedule has been set.