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Firefighter Assist and Search Team

A Firefighter Assist and Search Team (FAST), also known as a Rapid Intervention Team/Crew (RIT/RIC), is a team of two or more firefighters dedicated solely to search and rescue of other firefighters in distress. FAST shall have no other operational assignment during an incident. Multiple alarm fires may require multiple FAST/RIC teams.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the (OSHA) have requirements for some type of FAST/RIT at structure fires. These standards require that a minimum of two fire fighters be standing by in full protective Equipment while other crew members are working in a hazardous atmosphere, commonly known as the "Two in Two out Rule" the standards are the result of a series of incidents where fire fighters became lost, trapped, or disoriented while fighting a structure fire without a FAST present.

Currently, the County has two regional FAST teams, Northern and Eastern.  Member departments of the Northern Regiional Fast Team include Whitney Point, Maine and Choconut Center.  The Eastern Regional Fast Team includes Harpursville, Sanitaria Springs, West Windsor and Town of Binghamton Fire Departments.  Furthermore, several fire departments have resources available as Fast Teams.  They include Endicott, West Corners, and Endwell Fire Departments.  These Teams have met the guidelines as adopted by the Broome County Fire Chiefs Association.