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    I just wanted to know what are some SOP's in your depts. Such as do you go to the fire and work back do stay with the hose line and search parralell with them etc. Thanks.

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    On the fire floor: Move directly to the fire, search the fire area, transmit the location to the engine, attempt to confine, then search the area back to the entrance.

    Floor above: Secure a safe area, begin searching at the entrance to the apartment above the fire, search towards a secondary egress.

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      Most of it is based on a good size up by the officer leading the searchers. In a room if two teams are going to be doing primary searches at the same time the first searchers to the left and the second team goes to the right.
      It is strongly recommended that the team take a rope.
      The rest is based on what is found upon arrival. ie two story frame at night, fire in kitchen, searchers will go upstairs first to search the bedrooms. That applies to daytime also. Look at the stats for where people are found in structures and that will help you get a better feel for where you need to search.
      When a person is awake he often times makes it out, if he doesn't he is found on the way out. sleeping people are in the bedrooms. It is also interesting that people civilians don't die at stores and malls. They are awake and got into the store, they most often can get themselves out.
      Firefighters die in commercial buildings, as we just saw alter your tactics accordingly. Bring a line with you, look for signs of a looser, fire in the lightweight roof structure metal or wood, and get out.

      Just remember your rescue priorities. Most endangered, biggest group, exposures etc.

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