The Search Techniques class will address all types of searches for firefighters. Not only does this class prepare firefighters for the search of victims, but also for downed firefighters and their removal. Tool selection, positioning and reading conditions will be covered in this class. A heavy emphasis on technique and speed is conveyed during these drills. We use fast and efficient methods with tools and rope, taking into consideration limited visibility and gloved hands.
Some skills practiced during this 8 hour class include:
1. Oriented search techniques. Orientation from walls, doors, hose lines and other objects.
2. Importance of monitoring conditions over head.
3. Verbal communications between team members and staying oriented with other members.
4. Identifying searched rooms.
5. Searching with a hose line.
6. Searching with a rope.
7. Large area search techniques.
8. RIT bag rope when searching for a downed firefighter.
9. Vent, enter search.
10. Searching without a hose line or ahead of it.
11. Victim removal.
12. Protecting in place.
These skills can be broken up into a two day class (16 hours) at the request of the host agency. Right now we cover the basics and requested skills based on the agencies needs and the firefighter’s skill levels.