If you see flames coming from a house on Westway Road in Southport, or a bunch of firefighters in the area, it's only a drill.
The training exercise will take place now through March 27, at 18 Westway Road, near Southport Harbor. It's being conducted as an expansion of a mutual aid agreement between Fairfield and Westport fire departments.
In particular, firefighters will be working on using a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) at the scene of fires.
A RIT is a group of firefighters assigned to providing assistance to firefighters should they become injured, lost, disoriented, trapped, or suffer a medical emergency while fighting a fire. The RIT crew assembles specialized rescue tools and spare breathing air should the need arise and they become “activated.”
Westport responded with an RIT team to the fatal fire earlier this month on Crane Street in Fairfield.
Few towns have the available resources to provide this requirement so they are entering into agreements to provide this on a mutual aid basis, according to a press release from the Westport Fire Department.
The Westport Fire Department already has in place an agreement with Wilton Fire Department for the northwest corner of town and is working on an agreement with Norwalk Fire Department for the remainder of the town.