Search and Rescue
FULL LIST OF Search and Rescue Tips
Locate the bedroom windows–
Bedroom windows will be large enough for a person to escape with a diagonal measurement of about 4 feet. They can be easily located in a residential structure based on window size and location.
Prepared for more than one style door in searches–
If no door can be felt, check the doorframe on both sides to see if there is a sliding pocket door tucked away. If there is, slide it out and isolate the room.
Use baseboards to stay oriented in search and rescue–
If you get disoriented inside the structure while conducting a search and feel a baseboard heater or a set of radiator pipes, you will know that you are on an outside wall and that there will be a window within a very short distance.
Use floor coverings to maintain orientation–
Maintaining orientation in the building when conducting a search is critical for the survival of the firefighter. It is very easy to lose contact with the building and become disoriented.
Bring the master key–
This key will help when trying to gain access to certain apartments or areas of the building as opposed to using forcible entry.
Primary search tips–
When conducting a primary search for victims, these key tips will prepare you to make sure you bring the right equipment and improve the chances of quickly and safely locating possible victims.
Avoiding electrocution hazards–
Generally at a structure fire, electric power should remain on for as long as safety permits...
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