Communication and Technique are Componets of Fireground Search

When conducting Fireground searches two components for a successful search are communication and technique. Using your basic left hand/right hand search patterns and communicating leads to a safer, faster, more efficient fire ground search. While doing an evolution in a training class my partner and I went upstairs and entered what I thought to bea small room. I started on a left hand search pattern stretched out as much as I could with a New York hook in hand. When I searched out with the tool I hit what appeared to beanother wall. I instructed my partner to stay at the door, and told him it was a small room and not enough room for two to search. My partner continued to communicate with me as I swept the room. The room had been cleared in about fifteen seconds. So when conducting your fire ground search remember the basics of left and right hand search patterns and communication. Talk to your partner as to what you feel and what you see. A standard 10×12 bedroom should take about 30 seconds to clear. When approaching small rooms or tight hallways communication is paramount. We do not want to get to many firefighters committed in to a smaller room or jammed in a hallway and the incident turn south.

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Jim Moss
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Very good post. I think that this subject all comes down to one's own department culture, and even individual crews and company officers. Also, what are the individual firefighters' level of knowledge, skills, Abilities, and experience at the company level? If they are greater, then greater latitude and freedom is allowed to each firefighter to…
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Early in my firefighting career I was taught any decision you make is better than no decision. I had a 20 year career in the USAF with that motto and never had a problem.
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Rob
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Yes yes yes yes!
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David Hodges
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Very well said and so true. It does seem like we've lost the trait of taking care of the small things. Thanks for sharing and I’m sharing this will my entire department. Be safe.
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