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Residential Primary Search: Establishing an Aggressive Search Culture

Wednesday, April 17
Classroom Session

Many fire departments are plagued with a passive search culture. This class makes a case that our goal should be to complete a primary search within the first 10 minutes of arrival. We must increase awareness, have a framework for our search techniques skills, and support those with good SOGs and training. Topics include search-the big picture; best practice search skills; executing the search (hasty search, oriented search, and VES); victim removal including drags, window lifts, and upper-floor removal; and putting it all together with SOGs and training.

*Eligible for CEH/CAPCE Credit

Grant Schwalbe, Division Chief of Operations - Estero Fire Rescue