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Residential Primary Search: Establishing an Aggressive Search Culture

Wednesday, April 26
Approximately 95% of civilian fire deaths occur in the residential setting. This should be our bread and butter. Yet, many departments are plagued with a passive search culture due to poor SOGs, overcautious safety concerns, and poor training. This class makes a case that our goal should be to complete a primary search within the first 10 minutes of all structures. Through case studies, class discussion, and videos, this course covers: search--the big picture; best-practice search skills; executing the search (hasty search, oriented search, and VES); and victim removal including drags, window lifts, and upper-floor removal.'
Grant Schwalbe, Lieutenant - Estero (FL) Fire Rescue