For the next few weeks I am going to post blogs that ask questions concerning searching. Of everything we do on the fireground, I believe Search is the poorest evolution we conduct. I have my ideas why but that’s another blog for another time.
I will embed video in the blog that shows a fire problem. In each of these, assume you are operating in your jurisdiction with your resources. If your staffing is 5 plus an officer or two, whatever - it’s what you have to work with. Bring the tools you would bring taken from the apparatus you arrive in.
When I can, I will also provide a rough floor plan of the building. From the fire problem you see in the video and then based on the floor plan, exactly how would you search this house/building?
As I review in my text “Searching Smarter” (published by Fire Engineering/Pennwell, 2011), I review the four types of search I am aware of. I have asked thousands of firefighters across the United States and Canada if they are aware of any other types of search then these over the last 10- 15 years. No one has come forward with one yet.
The four are: (Very brief descriptions)
After posting the scenario, I will ask questions and perhaps we will get discussion on different ideas and methods of searching.