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Firefighters learn to save each other, too

Specialized training helps rescuers in dire situations

9:00 AM, Feb. 14, 2013
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Every day, firefighters across the country are willing to risk their lives saving people from burning buildings.

But sometimes, there's a group of specially trained people standing by in case the firefighters themselves need help. Rapid Intervention Teams, known in central Wisconsin as RIT, are groups of firefighters who are ready to rescue peers who find themselves trapped or injured, Pittsville Fire Chief Jerry Minor said.

Wood County has two RIT units whose members are called to every building fire to stand by in case a firefighter needs help. In 10 years of the units' existence, the ...

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