RIT (Rapid Intervention Team):
Due to the unique geographic area of North East we have partnered with the United States Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to assist as the primary other government agency (OGA) for all search and rescue cases along the shores of Lake Erie, from shoreline to international waters; from Presque Isle Bay to the Port of Barcelona, New York, representing 28 miles of shoreline and, using an average of 16 miles to the Canadian border, an open water area of 441 square miles.
For all these calls, Utility 219 responds with the diver and water rescue team gear, towing our inflatable rescue craft, Boat 215. Outside the City of Erie, The North East Fire Department operates a SCUBA Team, which is one of only two volunteer teams tasked with recovery efforts in Erie County.
We are a member of the Pennsylvania Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR) Program, which recognizes those emergency services that can safely and efficiently perform rescue operations and have met all the standards as established by the was prepared by the Rescue Task Force of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC) under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (Bureau of EMS). Fuller Hose became a VRSR Basic Rescue Company in 2017 as an emergency service that can safely and efficiently perform rescue operations on the highways of Pennsylvania. We became a VRSR Type 3 Water Rescue Team in 2018, as a Swiftwater/Flood Management emergency service that can meet the highest standards in Pennsylvania, for water rescue and flood evacuation services.