Advanced training program designed to rescue firefighters


Earlier today, Nanaimo Fire Rescue held a training exercise for their Rapid Intervention Team Program. The scenario, held at the old Madill's paint booth, demonstrated what would occur in the event that a firefighter became trapped or lost at an incident and the subsequent required rescue.

During the exercise, fire crews were tasked with locating a mock fire inside the building and extinguishing it. At the same time, the Rapid Intervention Team was deployed to locate and rescue trapped or hurt firefighters.

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Key Points

  • The Rapid Intervention Team is a program developed by firefighters to ensure that a process is in place to prepare firefighters for the expedited rescue of on-scene personnel.
  • The Rapid Intervention Training program was developed by an advocate group consisting of Nanaimo Fire Rescue members.
  • Nanaimo Fire Rescue is on the forefront of Rapid Intervention Training for its suppression staff.
  • The City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Fire Rescue are committed to the safety of our citizens and employees.


"First responders like firefighters put their lives on the line when they are responding to emergency situations. It is important to ensure their safety and this training program is a big step towards that goal."

City of Nanaimo

"I am extremely pleased with the dedication and leadership demonstrated by the firefighters that have been involved with this project from its inception and to what is has become today."

Assistant Fire Chief
Nanaimo Fire Rescue


Rapid Intervention Team
Rapid Intervention Team
Team members tending to injured firefighter and attempting rescue of trapped firefighter
Rapid Intervention Team
Rapid Intervention Team
Team rescuing a trapped firefighter


Brad Wood
Assistant Fire Chief
Nanaimo Fire Rescue

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