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The fire occurs on a Sunday morning at 6:45 am.  The house is 3800 sq. ft. and had four bedrooms. One on Division 1 and three on Division 2. Your crew is assigned Search.  There is 1 hose line stretched to the front door at the time you are assigned by the first arriving engine.  

How would you conduct your search?

            Entry point

            Type of search

            Where would you start? Division 1, 2 or basement!

            How would you and your crew actually search?

            Do you believe you can complete the search prior to the first low-air alarm sounding?

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Comment by Skip Coleman on February 24, 2015 at 9:26am

Nice Job Peter.  Thanks for the comment and nice to see you are using these for training.  There will be more to come because of firefighters like you. Be Safe


Comment by Peter Egan on February 24, 2015 at 8:15am

BA crew of 2 personnel, with charged hose line and TIC, to make entry via front door. If manning permits, second crew of two, with charged hose line to also make entry via front door.


BA crew to conduct quick scan of ground floor for any fire activity (aim for no fire under the first floor, which is the search priority) and ground floor bedroom. Direct any persons on ground floor to exit.


BA crew(s) to proceed to the 1st floor. Observe fire activity and structural integrity of ceiling and roof, with assistance of TIC. Advance to the fire and knockdown as quickly as possible (or at least limit fire extension). Commence primary search from fire back, ensuring thorough search of bedrooms. The search BA crew members will need to stay together working from room to room to provide safety, assistance as required and thorough room examination.


External smoke and fire activity particularly at the rear of the building indicates a potentially significant fire in the roof area. The search will need to be as quick as possible, monitoring fire, ceiling and roof conditions. The TIC may identify hottest and most impacted areas of the 1st floor ceiling and roof area. Deterioration of fire conditions and structural integrity may require a withdrawal and subsequent external defensive attack. An aerial appliance would have been requested based on call page or on scene size up.


The crew(s) would probably complete a primary search prior to BA low air whistle activation. The timing of the secondary search of the entire building would be determined by the extent of fire extension, structural integrity and type of fire attack.


(Response was compiled after using this scenario for Platoon residential fire attack and search technique training. Thanks for the scenario.)

Comment by Skip Coleman on January 27, 2015 at 5:50pm
I'd like to see more cmments from others but what is most important is that you are thinking about what you would do. These are easy to use as a company drill and you can't beat the price.
Comment by Justin Renner on January 25, 2015 at 7:31pm

garage is on the "D" side not "B" side, the previous was a typo

Comment by Skip Coleman on January 25, 2015 at 5:32pm
Very good Justin. Thanks
Comment by Justin Renner on January 25, 2015 at 4:10pm

At first look it appears the fire started in attic and spread to 2nd floor but could be the other way around. Search team should enter the "A" side main entrance and should walk right into the stairwell judging by window layout. Search should start on the 2nd floor and work down from there, using an 3 FF oriented search method. Smoke conditions appear light and should allow for a quick primary and also allow for the two FF's to search seperate of one another oreinted by the officer who is staged outside of bedroom areas. The apparent lack of smoke on the 1st floor and basement level should help speed up a primary. The entire "B" side of the structure appears to be a Garage and a commonly found open floor plan on 1st level will also help in completing primary search rapidly and on one tank. The larger sq footage makes for a tricky fire attack but lack of smoke and open spaces should aide a TIC lead oriented 3 FF search.

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